For Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers: Take Us on a Nice Trip. Balance out Plot Advancement with your Speculative World’s Background

A big part of writing a good speculative fiction story is striking the right balances. Having a cool idea for a fantasy scenario or a piece of futuristic technology is a good start, but its not enough. In my time as a First Reader, I’ve rejected more than my share of stories that started strong, […]

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The Incomplete and Unedited

Alright. First real post. So let’s cover some basics. You’ve written a story. You want to send it in to your favourite magazine. Is it done? Are you sure? Incomplete and unedited stories are one of the most frustrating things for a first reader to come across. Spelling, grammar, and other structural errors can earn […]

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What is a First Reader? An introduction to our role in the publishing process

So you’ve been writing? Decided to start submitting your works of short fiction to various magazines? I feel your pain. Rejection is imminent. Accept it, live with it, and you will get stronger. Above all else, keep writing. This blog is about writing. Samples of my work, previously published and upcoming, are featured here, but […]

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