Give Yourself the Gift of These 12 Most Useful Writing Tools

Many authors rely on Word or Writer and they do just fine. But those programs weren’t designed for long-form creative writing in mind. Word and Writer are ubiquitous; people tend to have these programs and they already know how to use them, so they use them. And no one begrudges them that. But wouldn’t it be great to use the right tool for the job? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to make use of programs designed for long-form writing and optimized for use with publishing software, or to add plugins to Word to make it more useful for long-form writing?

An Author’s Guide to Book Covers and Interior Design

In the very large publishing houses, authors typically have zero control over the formatting of a book’s interior or the design of its covers. Even well-recognized writers often don’t know what the book will look like until it’s delivered into their ink-stained fingers. The smaller the publisher, however, the more the author can exert influence over a book’s aesthetics.

Caffeinated Press: Updates for the Second Half of 2015

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.

Reflections on Fusion Genres

The technical term for a novel that blends more than one genre or sub-genre into a single story is fusion genre. Very many fusion books are good. But because there’s a higher barrier to market than with straight-genre work, very few publishers are willing to take them on, and in the crowded self-publishing world, the sheer volume of available works means that any one story almost assuredly will be lost in the crowd.