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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]