Contest & Submission Nitpicks 101: Standard Manuscript Format
January is the month I usually end up writing something about writing contests. The reason? It's when I'm judging for one. Whether you're entering a contest or submitting a piece to a publisher, you need to know SMF.
Psycho Horror Lovers Unite
This one was about confronting those who say people who enjoy horror, whether viewing, reading, or writing, are horrible people. It's especially important to me again right now, because an acquaintance made a comment that bothered me after the Planned Parenthood shooting up the road on Black Friday, basically implying that those who commit these sorts of crimes are the people who watch or read media involving violence. Other than being an ignorant statement, it put me on the defensive wondering how many other people I know view what I do as creating real human monsters? And how many view me as lacking human empathy, simply because I write horror and enjoy some Die Hard? Despite my hard feelings, the post was fun to write, and it showed in its humorous subject matter.
Author Headshot Tips
In which I give tips for those seeking author headshots. Pretty straight forward.
Good News & Amazon Central Author Account
This post was about setting up my Amazon Central author account, with information on how to do so for anyone else who needs to.
Diversity vs. Exclusion
Diverse Authors vs. Diverse Characters
Writing Diverse Cultures
This was a series of posts exploring calls for diversity in writing. There were some great discussions here and on my Facebook page in response to the posts, which I enjoyed. It can be a taboo subject, and I was initially afraid of posting anything, but I ended up glad to have done so.
This was my simple pledge not to attack reviewers, even if they break my heart. It was in response to an author who had a meltdown on Goodreads and stepped over some lines, becoming a joke on the internet.
Critique Group Panel Discussion
This was a summary of a panel on critique groups I participated in. There was a lot of great information on the panel, with several different types of critique groups touched on.
Making Your Blog Your Author Website
This was written while I was researching using my blog as an author website, rather than setting up a separate one. I found a lot of great information on what was recommended for author websites, and was able to pass that along.
New Magazine Release & Magazine Submission Tips
In this post I gave tips on market research, submitting short stories and tracking them.
Why We Do It & Links
This was an Insecure Writers Support Group post, but it was one of the positive ones, all about why we keep writing and submitting, despite the lows that come with it.
What's Your Favorite Scare?
This one is all about what scares you, and why.
Experiments in Writing - Killer Critters
In my goals at the beginning of this month, I mentioned experimenting with my writing. Well, I tried out a new genre last month, and this was about diving into that.
What was your favorite of the posts you put up this year (feel free to link to it!)? Did you have any great conversations on your blog that stuck with you? Have you ever been able to work through something troubling you by posting about it?
May you find your Muse.
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