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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Dusk Warriors, Guest Blog by Emerian Rich

Dusk’s Warriors by Emerian Rich   Heaven has opened up and welcomed the vampires of Night’s Knights into a new reality. As they struggle to find their place in their new world, trouble brews on Earth. Demon servant, Ridge, is causing havoc by gathering up all the souls on Earth that have been touched by [...]

Female Horror Writers (Women in Horror)

Every year in February we celebrate "Women in Horror" and the question comes up about whether there is sexism in the horror genre. In interviews, I get asked if I feel it is harder for women in horror than it is for men. Today, I'd like to discuss this and give my thoughts, and I'd [...]

GUEST BLOG! Stuart R. Brogan!

Horror authors aren’t real authors. Are they? By Stuart R Brogan Having spent the last few years concentrating on my non-fiction, Heathen and Pagan works, it was time to take the tentative, yet exciting steps towards writing my debut horror / thriller. Something I had been eager to do for a very long time. As [...]

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 [...]

Women in Horror: Donelle Pardee Whiting (Pt 1)

I'm not going to do an interview for this. I already know Donelle. Not only is she my Editor-in-Chief (so I'm probably going to get slapped around for doing this post without her final "OK"), she's one of my best friends. I started Stitched Smile Publications in January of 2016. I'm proud to say that [...]

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Amazon We Have A Problem!

In the pursuit of the American Dream, authors of the Indie persuasion are being held back and consumers are being censored. Listen, I get it OK? One rotten apple ruins the bunch and people are going to do stupid things to get ahead. Like have fake reviews on their books, for a start. Thank you [...]