Got a science fiction/fantasy novel that's more or less ready to pitch? Hodderscape, the SFF branch of the publisher Hodder & Stoughton, is accepting unagented submissions between August 3 and 16: Open Submissions: The Guidelines! | Hodderscape They even mention in the comments that it doesn't have to be finished. (Although goodness gracious, that sounds … Continue reading Open Submissions: Hodderscape
I read this ages ago, but hey. Let's talk about YA tropes, through the lens of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. My complete review is on Goodreads. Like always, I'm not going to duplicate the review here. Instead, I'm going to wax philosophical. Bear with me. So, I read Miss Peregrine's a while ago, … Continue reading Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Woo! I sold my third short story to Triptych Tales last month. (They're also super-duper fast, so it's already available online! It's been up since Sunday, actually. I've just been too sick to celebrate.) I generally write YA fantasy and/or Victoriana, so, it's slightly unusual that this is a contemporary urban fantasy set in Oregon. … Continue reading Esoteric Wildlife – Now Available on Triptych Tales!
The pantsing vs. outlining discussion is as old as time. Every writer has, at some point, watched a bunch of people debate about the benefits of "winging it" versus the benefits of planning. And I may be sensitive here--I probably am--but whenever people talk about pantsing vs. outlining, outlining gets panned. I've heard it all! … Continue reading How and Why I Outline
My full review is on Goodreads! This is the sort of thing that makes me want to read more Middle Grade. I love YA, I write YA, I read YA, but goodness! How often have I written book reviews that said, "Well, it was fun, but I wish they would keep the romance from overpowering … Continue reading Book Review: The Luck Uglies
I only learned this last night! I sold my second short story "A Long-Forgotten Memory," a little while ago. I just learned that it was published last week in Parsec Ink's Triangulation: Parch anthology. The anthology's available on Amazon. It gets better! Parsec Ink runs both a contest and a magazine, and authors were allowed … Continue reading A Long-Forgotten Memory: Now appearing in Parsec Ink’s “Triangulation: Parch” anthology
The more I think about this novel the more conflicted I become. My full review is on Goodreads. YA readers have been raving about Daughter of Shadow and Bone and its sequels, so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. And I'm conflicted. Still. Here's the problem: I don't really like romance. I … Continue reading Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone