Earning a living from short fiction or poetry is about as easy as earning a living from recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Actually, it's probably harder. In some states, a plastic bottle will get you five or ten cents, but your thoughts are only worth a penny. Your short stories and poetry are often … Continue reading 5 Things You Must Do Before Submitting a Fiction or Poetry Collection
As writers, we tend to get pretty excited at the prospect of publication. Oftentimes, an acceptance is such a relief that we'll take it no matter what. However, sometimes an acceptance isn't in our best interest. We have to step back from the excitement and look at the fine print to make sure we aren't … Continue reading Do You Know Your Rights as a Writer?
Gay Degani recently asked me to share some insight about my characters by responding to five questions. Here we go: 1. What Surprises You About Your Characters? And why? How little they represent me and the people I know. Oftentimes, my characters are nothing like me at all. Take the husbands in my recently released … Continue reading Merry-Go-Blog-Around: About Characters
It's been many years in the making. Today is the official release day of my first short story collection, Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands. The collection features 24 surreal tales about the married life. Encounter a couple who gives birth to a boot, a spouse who fights against a "laundering" wildebeest, a man who tries to … Continue reading Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands Release Day!
One week from today, on what happens to be my 32nd birthday (that's February 20th for those looking to send me a gift), my first short story collection will be published in both e-book and print by Martian Lit. The collection (as I’ve mentioned) is titled Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands, and features 24 stories that … Continue reading 24 Reasons That Don’t Explain Why I Titled My Short Story Collection “Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands”
Later this month, Martian Lit will be releasing my first short story collection, Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands. The collection includes 24 stories, most of which involve husbands and wives struggling against some surreal conflict (a wildebeest in the laundry room, giving birth to a boot, a gorilla that won't leave the house, a squid under … Continue reading Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands Release Details
Anyone who maintains a blog that consists primarily of words knows how hard it can be to constantly come up with new posts. Even more difficult, of course, is finding the time to write a new post every week (or whatever your blog schedule may be). This is especially challenging for fiction writers who would … Continue reading The Value of a Guest Post
My writing life has been less active over the last few months, probably the result of moving to Minneapolis, starting a new job in a different field, battling tonsillitis and post-infection arthritis, and publishing the first single-author book available through Bartleby Snopes Press (not to mention trying to get a second one ready in time … Continue reading A Late August Update
Today is the official release date of the very first flash novel from Bartleby Snopes Press. We are incredibly proud to release Matthew Ankeny's The Rink. This is a beautiful story that really captures the essence of humanity. Here's the official synopsis of this terrific book: "Life pauses for no one, and Kay and Sandi feel … Continue reading Matthew Ankeny: Conversation with a Flash Novelist
One of the toughest things about being a successful writer is balancing writing with a career. Since writing doesn't pay the bills for most of us, a day job is a necessary evil, but it also can serve as a refreshing break from the stress of the writing world. Today I chat with Chris Kelso, … Continue reading Writing, Scottish Nonsense, and Librarians: An Interview with Chris Kelso