Frightmare Weekend Review

As a publisher and author, I'm constantly on the hunt for the best con suited for my genre which is horror/dark fiction. In the past year, I've attended four as a vendor (those reviews to come). This past weekend, I attended Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas, for the first time. Here are my thoughts: The Staff: … Continue reading Frightmare Weekend Review

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Discussion: Word Count VS Word Quality

One of the things I encounter a lot when I'm mentoring, or speaking to new authors, is the question, "What's the average word count for _____?" It's not uncommon for new authors to face this daunting question, then fashion their work according to the rule of "word count". My answer, however, never changes. I tell … Continue reading Discussion: Word Count VS Word Quality

Women in Horror – I’m Not Bitter, I’m Sexy

Last week we delved into the many reasons why I felt women were a minority in the Horror genre. This week I'd like to continue with Part 2. Why am I starting with this now, when Women in Horror month isn't until February? Oh, it's simple. February, is the shortest month of the year, for … Continue reading Women in Horror – I’m Not Bitter, I’m Sexy

Snippets 001 (pt 1)

In Stitched Smile Publications, we practice our craft often. This is our way of exercising the part of our brain that translates other worlds into "ink". I call them "snippets" because my time is limited for my own writing so you may get a few words here and there as I take a break from major … Continue reading Snippets 001 (pt 1)

Happy Dance

I always feel like a newb whenever I see my book cover somewhere and I squeal. The sound is somewhere between a dolphin call and a monkey  screech. But here it is, up on the Horror Writers Association page. That's is probably the closest I'll get to #VinDiesel, too! (I'll take it.) If you would … Continue reading Happy Dance