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From the Staff of The Editorial Department

July 31, 2017

How do we write about the future now that it’s here?

Science fiction, as a genre, has often struggled to be taken seriously. Oh, it’s garnered some respect, a few classics, and a bucketful of noteworthy authors, but how seriously are we expected to take a class of fiction that doesn’t even warrant its own section in most major […]
July 1, 2017

POV Part 1: A Telltale Sign that a Piece is not Ready for Publication
Amateurs make readers’ heads spin with shifty perspective

To the untrained ear the term “headhopping” might be assumed to be a term that applies to home crafted beer. But among professional editors, headhopping is what amateur authors do when they haven’t done quite enough study about point of view. In a story this problem manifests itself […]
April 17, 2017

Part I: The Editorial Department’s Manuscript Evaluation: Then, Now, and Always
Getting the substantive and honest feedback your work deserves

Okay, so we all know being a novelist isn’t easy. It’s laborious, grueling, emotionally taxing, and sometimes an outright torturous journey down an unpaved road. And one thing I hear all the time from writers on the topic of their frustrations is how hard it is to get […]
March 18, 2017

Know Your (Copy) Rights: An Introduction to Copyright for Authors

Over the years, I have attended many workshops, classes, and author panels, and copyright is always a hot topic. Unfortunately, it is also a topic shrouded in misinformation and anecdotal advice. As with many legal issues, copyright is a huge and often intimidating subject, and I don’t intend […]
March 13, 2017

The Role of Mystery in Fiction

Unlike nonfiction, fiction’s motor doesn’t run on information, but on its opposite: mystery. I’m not talking about mystery as a genre, but as the essential quality in all fiction that cultivates curiosity, stimulates the imagination, invites participation, and generally keeps readers reading. Every step of the reader’s journey […]
March 8, 2017

South of Hell by P.J. Parrish
A "First 50" Review

Flap Copy: For Louis Kincaid and his lover, female detective Joe Frye, the present and the past collide when they team up to find out what happened to Jean Brandt, who was reported missing by her husband from their Michigan farmhouse in 1981. Jean’s daughter Amy, only five at […]