Issue 30 - Finding Your Genre - Amanda Stevens, Betty Isabel Ferguson, Winter Winners


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Issue 30 - Finding Your Genre - Amanda Stevens, Betty Isabel Ferguson, Winter Winners

 

EDITOR'S DESK

  1. WELCOME:  FINDING YOUR GENRE

Do you ever wonder exactly where your genre fiction falls? If you’re serious about becoming an author, you’ll need to arm yourself with all the knowledge the writing world can provide before you set out to market your book or story. In this issue, we explore many of the genres we haven’t tackled yet and break down their subgenres… MORE >>

     

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    MARKETS:  GET THE GREEN WITH PREMIUM GREEN

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FEATURES

  2. WINTER 2009 FLASH FICTION CONTEST WINNERS!

The results are in! After careful deliberation, our honorable guest judge, literary agent, Janet Reid, has made her final decisions. Read the winning entries of the open prompt Winter ’09 Flash Fiction Contest…
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  3. NAVIGATING THE FANTASTIC: RULES FOR WRITING FANTASY

Do you fantasize about publishing a novel? If your daydreams run to magical situations, consider writing fantasy. Just send publishers something different from the popular Harry Potter and Twilight series. Sue Bradford Edwards guides you through the fantasy subgenre labyrinth and acquaints you with the basic rules for writing fantasy, so you’ll be ready to craft a magical tale all your own… MORE >>

     
  4. FIVE HISTORICAL FICTION PITFALLS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

Have you researched a historical fiction novel and don’t know where to begin your story? Maybe you’ve found modern day ideas and dialogue sneaking into your text. You might be worried about the one reader who is waiting to find something in your book that’s not quite authentic. Well, don’t fret! WOW! columnist Margo L. Dill discusses the common traps historical fiction writers fall into and shows you how to… MORE >>

     
  5. MANIFEST MAGIC: EXPLORING MAGIC REALISM IN YOUR STORIES

Thanks to Oprah’s tacit blessing of magic realism through book club selections like Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, the genre continues to be popular among novelists, short story writers, and readers alike. Let’s explore this genre as a potential context for the next story or novel that you have brimming in your head! Allena Tapia, along with published magic realism author Tamara Kaye Sellman, explore the passionate genre and provide you with the tools to work your own magic… MORE >>

     


COLUMNS

  6. 20 QUESTIONS: AMANDA STEVENS, SOUTHERN SUSPENSE

When it comes to southern gothic, Amanda Stevens is an expert. Her novels are mind-provoking works of fiction in which readers experience a keen sense of place. Those dusty back roads and moonlit bayous, simmering with secrets and fragrant, sweltering heat, provide a powerful backdrop for her creepy, southern suspense novels. Join M.L. Cordle as she interviews Amanda Stevens about writing for this sultry genre, and learn how to incorporate setting, craft complex villains, and build… MORE >>

     
  7. FREELANCER’S CORNER: BREAKING OUT OF THE MYSTERY/THRILLER SLUSHPILE

When Susanne Shaphren began her freelance career, she thought learning to craft professional mystery/thriller short stories would be the most difficult challenge she faced. She never dreamed that selling those stories would prove to be more difficult than solving the perfect crime! But that doesn’t mean her stories are still gathering dust in the file cabinet. Find out what Susanne learned the hard way about marketing mystery/thriller stories… MORE >>

     
  8. HOW 2 FIND THE PERFECT HORROR FIT FOR YOU

What makes you pull the covers tight and keeps you wakeful through the night? Horror, pure and simple. But horror is not that simple. Its varied elements and subgenres swirl in the horror cauldron, and each time we dip the ladle in, we come up with something terrifyingly different. Cathy C. Hall breaks down all the horror subgenres, so you can find your perfect fiction fit, and shares some of the best resources to help market your… MORE >>

     
  9. 92 YEARS OF INSPIRATION FROM BETTY ISABEL FERGUSON

Rarely is there ever such a wonderful opportunity to explore the depth and breadth of an artistic life well lived. Ninety-two-year-old Betty Isabel Ferguson has the energy of a woman half her age—maybe even more. Carol Ayer chats with Isabel about her passion for creativity through poetry, acting, sculpting, painting, and playwriting. Her full and vibrant life proves creativity can sustain a woman for nearly a century… MORE >>

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Issue 30 - Finding Your Genre - Amanda Stevens, Betty Isabel Ferguson, Winter Winners
Exploring Magic Realism by Allena Tapia
Rules for Writing Fantasy by Sue Bradford Edwards
5 Historical Fiction Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them by Margo L. Dill
20 Questions - Amanda Stevens - Southern Gothic Novelist
How2 Find the Perfect Horror Fit 4 You - Cathy C. Hall
Freenlancer's Corner - Breaking Out of the Mystery/Thriller Slush Pile - Susanne Shaphren
Inspiration - Beth Isabel Ferguson 92 Years Young! - Carol Ayer
Winter 2009 Contest Winners!
Fall 2008 Contest Winners!
 
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