This was completely out of my comfort zone. I have lurked in the YA fiction section for what feels like my whole life. Then, one day, I stepped out of that isle in Barnes & Noble and saw this beauty. Why did I pick this book you may ask? First, check out that beautiful cover. … Continue reading What I’ve Read: Wool by Hugh Howey
As I've written before, Ico is one of my favorite video games of all time. Video games and books have taught me so much about myself and about writing, it would be foolish to try to separate one from the other. When I discovered that an author had been given the rights to write a book … Continue reading What I’ve Read: Ico Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
Copyrighted © 2014 Alyssa Hubbard This short story is part of The Mind, the Body, my horror / body horror short story collection. It can be pre-ordered or purchased October 1, 2014. Enjoy! "Heterochromia" Alyssa Hubbard I was born in a family of five blue-eyed, blonde-haired southern gentlemen. My mother was decidedly absent for most of … Continue reading The Mind, the Body: Heterochromia – A short story teaser
Not too long ago, I wrote a post on how to format a manuscript. Then, I wrote a post on things you need to know to traditionally publish. Now it is time to learn how to actually go about getting published. The number one thing you need to learn to land an agent or publishing deal … Continue reading 9 Things you need to know before you start to query.
WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. First a little background on the game Catherine, as described on the Catherine Wiki: Catherine is an M-rated horror/romance/puzzle/adventure video game from Atlus USA, released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game is developed by the same team that created Persona 3 and Persona 4: Katsura … Continue reading 4 Things Catherine taught me about writing
When I am asked this question, I like to refer back to one of my favorite picture sets of all time: But anyway, I know this is a serious question. I'll give it a serious answer, but first let me reflect on something I've recently been toying with. Have you ever thought about writing something … Continue reading How to Write Female and Male Characters
There are plenty of guides on how to do this. Plenty to be found on the internet, but a lot of them, I have found, don't have examples, which I will be sharing with you all today. If you didn't already know, there is a general consensus on how to format a manuscript, and this … Continue reading How to Format a Manuscript
I'd rather fail doing what I love, than succeeding at something I hate. Call me an idiot, but I'm just telling you the truth. Writing is a life of rejection. The moment you decide to start on the path of professional writing, you are setting yourself up for a certain amount of failure - some … Continue reading Dealing with Rejections, and Knowing When to Quit
What is a beta reader? A person who reads a work for context, plot, and continuity. Not to be confused with an EDITOR who looks for mechanical errors as well as context, plot, and continuity. Is usually not paid. Can be done for any piece of writing, including, but not limited to: blog posts, short … Continue reading Beta Readers – The Ultimate Guide for Writers
With the rise in self-publishing, traditional publishers are scrambling to keep their side of the market afloat. They're beginning to approach self-publishers, presenting them deals they may not have received otherwise. Self-publishing has opened doors for creative minds. With the addition of #pitmad and #askanagent on Twitter and G+, self-publishers and aspiring authors are able … Continue reading Self-Publishers Beware, Some Deals ARE Too Good.