List Your Way to a Better (Writing) You

My least favorite part of the process is…? Copyediting. Spelling has never been my strongpoint. I particularly have problems with homophones and compound words. Trying to catch all those little flubs is no fun at all. But copyediting is important. It’s what elevates a manuscript from armature to pro. It makes the story clean andContinue reading “List Your Way to a Better (Writing) You”

Being SMART With Your Goals

Ok, I might be a little late here.  A goal-oriented post usually belongs at the beginning of January, not at the end.  But… I want to discuss setting real goals vs. setting non-goals.  You’d be amazed (or, perhaps not) at how many writers I’ve seen this month declare non-goals for 2013.  Non-goals don’t help anyone,Continue reading “Being SMART With Your Goals”

Best Submissions Week Ever! P2

So, did you figure it out?  Two SFWA qualifying sales in one week!  Yahoo!  Still living off the high. Getting to some copyedits for my Mirror Shards sale now.  Belive it or not, that’s pretty exciting for me, too. And I hear finalist calls have already gone out for WotF q2!  Congrats, all! Had anyContinue reading “Best Submissions Week Ever! P2”

It’s WotF Workshop Week!

Hello all, If you’re interested in keeping up with what the winners are experiencing, I suggest visiting the W&IotF Herald. There you’ll get day-by-day updates and introductions to the new authors and illustrators. Feel free to fantasize about attending the workshop yourself.  😉 ~Marina

Moral, Ethical, Legal: What’s the difference?

Disclaimer: all examples that follow apply to the United States.  Different countries have different standards and legalities. I recently realized that I started my series on business ethics in the wrong place.  It doesn’t help to throw a list of ethics violations at you before defining ethics in general. Don’t close that internet window!  YouContinue reading “Moral, Ethical, Legal: What’s the difference?”

I Have Work! (or, Spotlighting Differences Between Writers and Illustrators)

I have been commissioned to illustrate a story in an upcoming semi-pro anthology.  I won’t give any details at the moment, since I haven’t signed a contract yet, but I’m already through the concept art stage, have refined my line art, and any minute now should be starting on my shading. As I said, it’sContinue reading “I Have Work! (or, Spotlighting Differences Between Writers and Illustrators)”