June 2015 marks the one-year anniversary since Lianne, Brittany, Jennifer, Julie and I filed the articles of incorporation establishing Caffeinated Press with the State of Michigan. Much has happened — e.g., the inaugural volume of the Brewed Awakenings anthology and the corresponding kick-off events at UICA and Schuler Books and Music. And much will happen soon.
The 2015 submission deadline for Brewed Awakenings 2 passed on May 31. We received a final tally of 67 separate submissions by 58 different authors. Sixty of the 67 are eligible for review by our in-house editors.
No two writers have the same technique. Nor should they. What works for Author Bob isn’t going to necessarily work for Author Jane, because we’re all wired differently ‘twixt the earholes.
The more that authors seed their stories with oh-so-common plot contrivances, relying on twists instead of depth to drive the plot, the less top-shelf readers will pay attention. And also, for that matter, the less that publishers will be persuaded to license a manuscript.