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He is the recipient of the Verandah Penguin Literary Award. Ashley writes horror, speculative, sci-fi, and non-fiction. Her hobbies include ballet, Krav Maga, and screenwriting. She has ghostwritten five novels. Her debut novel and novella will release in , followed by a poetry collection. Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son. For more about her work, including her Edda-Earth novels, please see edda-earth. He teaches at Western Washington University. Their chapbook Mythology was released in with The Steel Chisel.

Evelyn pron. Visit them at evedeshane. Flash fiction collected in How to Sing Butterflies. Ashley Dioses is a writer of dark poetry and fiction from southern California. Her debut collection of dark traditional poetry, Diary of a Sorceress, was published by Hippocampus Press in Issue 19 Issue He moved to Australia in , becoming a citizen in He is a recipient of the Advance Australia Award.

He has had poetry published or forthcoming in Meanjin, Quadrant , Cordite, and Island. See joedolce. Winner of the the John Donald Robb Prize for Composition, he has worked with dancers, choreographers and poets in the Albuquerque area and has set numerous poems to music, including a few of his own. Jane Dougherty lives and works in southwest France. Her poems and stories have been published in magazines and journals including Ogham Stone, Hedgerow Journal, Tuck Magazine, ink sweat and tears, Eye to the Telescope, the Drabble and the Ekphrastic Review. Jessica Drake-Thomas is a vagabond, tarot reader, aspiring food blogger, and former college professor.

She has a penchant for black nail polish and horror films. She currently lives with her hellhound in the mountains. She has an M. She is the author of the chapbook Possession dancing girl press. Linsey Duncan lives in Denver with her husband and lots of words, all of which are inappropriate. Born in Chicago, raised in Paris, and currently living in California, A. Issue 5. Marchell Dyon is a disabled poet. She believes her disability has inspired her creative spark.

She is from Chicago, Illinois. Edwards is a Texan currently residing in California. He enjoys dark fiction, dark verse and darker beer. His poetry and fiction has appeared in Weirdbook, Turn to Ash , and many more anthologies and magazines. Find out more at beritellingsen.

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Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic, poet and scholar. He is working on a collection for Diminuendo Press. Another has been accepted by Hippocampus Press. He is the editor of Melaleuca. More at phillipaellis. Issue 6 Issue 8. Issue 4. He has also received two Rhysling Awards in the long-poem category for collaborations with David C.

He is a four-time nominee for the Rhysling Award. His fourth chapbook of verse, Ghosts of the Sand, will appear next year from Rainfall Books in England. Issue 6. David Feela has authored a prize-winning chapbook, Thought Experiments, and a full length poetry collection, The Home Atlas. Lucy Ann Fiorini is a writer based in Washington, D. She holds a B. A in English, a B. She currently writes mysteries, historical fiction, and poetry.

Catherine Fitchett is a Christchurch poet who works in accounts. She has previously had work published in Takahe, the Press Christchurch , online at Blackmail Press and in various anthologies. Julie Fitzpatrick is a recently retired elementary school teacher who is delightedly dabbling in everything from poetry-writing to pocket billiard competitions, to Arbonne parties. Although her husband has shown irritation regarding the diminished time she seems to have available—now that retirement has removed the anchor of her classroom responsibilities—Julie feels like every day is an opportunity to spread new wings and sing loudly.

On her 30th birthday in , she decided to gather the stars from the dark jungle that is her brain and stop procrastinating, already. Her lit bio is an expectant, slavering beast, deprived too long and waiting to be fed. Michael R. Fosburg lives and writes in Florida. Robert Frazier lives on Nantucket Island and works as the curator of exhibitions for the Artists Association of Nantucket. Issue 24 Issue Janis Freegard was born in England, but has lived in New Zealand most of her life.

She lives in Wellington with an historian and a cat and blogs at janisfreegard. Nina Freeman writes poetry about space, sierpinski triangles, parties and growing up on the beach. Peter Friend has sold fiction to numerous magazines and anthologies around the world. Joshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon from Cleveland, His first full-length collection, breaths , is available from VanZeno Press. Intrinsic Night , a collaborative project he wrote with J. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University and a penchant for Pendleton shirts, rye whiskey and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs.

He stomps around Cleveland in a purple bathrobe where he hosts the monthly Deep Cleveland Poetry hour and enjoys the beer at Brew Kettle. Her website is webbish6. Twitter and Instagram: webbish6. Issue 3 Issue 18 Issue 29 Issue Maria Grech Ganado b. Maria has translated into English much of the contemporary poetry and prose written by Maltese writers today and published overseas.

Gardner is a two-time third-place winner in the Rhysling Awards and a third-place winner in the Balticon Poetry Contest. She lives and writes under her middle name to honor her father, mentor, and namesake, Delbert R. Gardner, for whom she serves as literary executor. Issue 13 Issue 16 Issue Jean-Paul Garnier is an audio technician currently living in Los Angeles.

He also has several stories coming out this year in anthologies published by Horrified Press. Brian Garrison lives in Portland, OR, where he writes poetry, runs errands for the silly poetry journal, Parody , and sometimes does other stuff too. He has also served on the editorial staff of Strange Horizons, a weekly professional speculative fiction magazine, and the staff of the Speculative Literature Foundation, a grantmaking organization supporting emerging and established writers and small presses working in the genre.

Her poetry and reviews appear widely in literary journals. Emma J. Gibbon is originally from Yorkshire and now lives in Maine. She has forthcoming poems in Strange Horizons, Kaleidotrope and Liminality. Emma lives in the woods with her husband, Steve, and three exceptional animals: Odin, Mothra and M. Bison also known as Grim. Laurice Gilbert has been re-arranging words since , after attending art school in a misguided and unsuccessful attempt to ward off a mid-life crisis. Early retirement from a lucrative health care career enabled her to rise from apathetic committee member of the New Zealand Poetry Society to low-paid National Coordinator in charge of everything.

Election to President occurred when no-one else wanted the job. See poetrysociety. Emma Gorka is a writer and poet from Eastern Europe. She writes about love, transformation, and twisty happy endings. To get in touch with her, or see more of her work, please check out her blog: emmagorka. Amelia Gorman is a computer-science student and writer living in Minnesota. Alan Ira Gordon has been writing genre and mainstream poetry and fiction for many years. His fiction has been included in Starshore Magazine, Worcester Magazine and various small press anthologies including several of the Whortleberry Press anthologies.

You can visit alaniragordon. LeRoy Gorman lives in Napanee, Ontario. His poetry, much of it minimalist and visual, has appeared in publications and exhibitions worldwide. He is the author of two dozen poetry books and chapbooks. His most recent book is goodwill galaxy hunting Urban Farmhouse Press.

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She has authored eight chapbooks, with her latest collection of poems, Epistemology of an Odd Girl, newly released from March Street Press. She is the recent winner of the Red Ochre Press Chapbook competition. According to family lore, she is a direct descendent of Robert Louis Stevenson. BJ Greville enjoys writing speculative fiction and poetry and is currently working on a collection of psychological horror stories.

BJ spends free time with family and the ocean. John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Issue 12 Issue Grier is a speculative fiction writer, poet, planetary scientist, and astronomy educator. Other credits include the textbook The Inner Planets, published by Greenwood Press, and a host of tweets, occasionally profound but usually otherwise under grierja on Twitter. Works in progress include a collection of creepy childhood horror poems and a space opera novel trilogy.

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Grohmann works as a bookseller, and lives in Westfield, New Jersey. His work has previously appeared in Scifaikuest. Deborah Guzzi writes full time. Her book The Hurricane, published by Prolific Press, is now available. Issue 16 Issue 20 Issue Maija Haavisto is from Finland, but now lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her debut poetry collection Raskas vesi Heavy Water is out in April Her speculative poetry has previously appeared in Usva, Lumooja, and Cosmospen. Larry Hammer lives in southern Arizona, where the days are sunny but the nights are dark.

Issue 1. Harmon is a freelance writer, poet, and novelist. His first novel is due to be released by Dreamspinner Press in early He has had several essays and articles published in such small press newspapers as The CommunityLetter. He is a member of the Third Friday Literary Group and a contributor to their upcoming international publication Third Friday.

Years spent living, working, and attending law school in historic New Orleans, Louisiana greatly influence his writing. Harmon is currently an attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. He lives in England and can be found online at adharper. Learn more at annesible. Brittany Hause is a linguist who happens to love science fiction and fantasy. When not wrapped up in language research, she can usually be found reading and writing SFF poems and stories.

Issue 28 Issue 29 Issue Howard V. Hendrix is the author of six novels from major publishers, which together have been published in seven languages. He is also the author of three short fiction collections most recently Human in the Circuit from Wildside Press, and three nonfiction books most recently Visions of Mars: Essays in the Fiction and Science of the Red Planet from McFarland, Ada Hoffmann finds writing much more satisfying than actually talking to people.

Justin Holliday is a teacher and poet. His poems have been featured in Phantom Kangaroo, Glitterwolf, Sanitarium, and elsewhere. Akua Lezli Hope is a creator who uses sound, words, fiber, glass and metal to create poems, patterns, stories, music, ornaments, wearables, sculpture, adornments and peace whenever possible. She won the SFPA short poem prize. Jessica Jo Horowitz is a Korean-born writer currently living in New England where she studies historical sword work and Asian mythology.

She can be found on Twitter TransientJ. Issue 22 Issue She lives in the cold grey wilds of the Pacific Northwest, USA, where she practices useful magic and plays games in the woods. Issue 31 Issue YiWei Huang got his Ph. D in mathematics in Singapore, He has recently worked at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as research staff in the computer science.

He has written tanka in English and Chinese. His tanka are published in Atlas Poetica and various anthologies by Poets on Site. He was assigned to be their guide in Nanjing and Yellow Mountain. They have since collaborated poetically, writing an article for Atlas Poetica 12, Summer , on Tanka Poets on Site.

Yiwei translated many poems by California poets on the art of Tong Zhang, a Chinese artist Kathabela met in China, and introduced to local California poets in Robin Husen is a writer from Nottingham, England. He is an Open University graduate, and has an MA in Literary Linguistics from the University of Nottingham, where he wrote his dissertation on the use of negation in creating a sense of unease. Claire Ibarra is a writer, poet and photographer residing in Miami, Florida. She currently works for ArtSpring, teaching poetry to incarcerated women.

Aisha Tayo Ijadunola is a London-based fantasy writer and digital artist. Her works often feature elements of Nigerian as well as other African myths and legends. Jennifer Ruth Jackson writes about reality's weirdness and the plausibility of the fantastic.

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She runs a blog for disabled and neurodivergent writers called The Handy, Uncapped Pen from an apartment she shares with her husband. Soren James is a writer and visual artist who recreates himself on a daily basis from the materials at his disposal, continuing to do so in an upbeat manner until one day he will sumptuously throw his drained materials aside and resume stillness without asking why. More of his work can be seen at sorenjames.


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A former journalist, he works at a college art museum in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife and dog. Issue 7 Issue Clay F. Johnson is an amateur pianist, devoted animal lover, and incorrigible reader of Gothic literature and Romantic-era poetry. Find out more on his blog at clayfjohnson. John Philip Johnson would be an astronaut if he could. He would love to go to Mars. He has been fortunate to place short stories and poems in many venues he loves, and is the author of an Elgin-nominated comic book of graphic poetry, Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town, available on Kindle or at his website.

He is currently serving as an editorial assistant for Issue 7 of The Lindenwood Review. Sierra July has fiction appearing or forthcoming in Robot and Raygun, T. She is currently working on two books: a new poetry collection called Snake Handling for Beginners, as well as a story collection, Mrs. Shanna Karella was raised on a rural Alaskan homestead, and is still pretty out there. Her poetry and essays have been published in print by local press Ink Pot and The Ester Republic, and online at Right Hand Pointing and the late Hiss Quarterly where she also served as poetry editor for a time.

Herb Kauderer is a retired Teamster who somehow grew up to be an associate professor of English at Hilbert College. He holds an MFA in creative writing, and is currently writing a doctoral dissertation related to science fiction. He is the author of ten books of poetry so far , and was the lead screenwriter for the super low-budget indie film Beyond the Mainstream More can be found at HerbKauderer. Issue 14 Issue 16 Issue 21 Issue 28 Issue Kei lives on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay USA , apprenticed aboard a skipjack, a sail-powered oyster dredge, and now serves with a fully rigged ship.

His publications include over tanka poems in six languages and ten countries. He is the compiler of the Bibliography of English-Language Tanka , which documents over one thousand publications since Julie Bloss Kelsey enjoys haiku and short-form poetry. Her speculative poems have been published in microcosms , Scifaikuest and Alien Skin.

He loves fantasy stories and poems, and in his free time, he tries to write some compositions of his own as well. Jessica Fordham Kidd lives and writes in Coker, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and magical dog Henry. She is the associate director of first-year writing at the University of Alabama, and her poems have appeared in Drafthorse, The Paris Review, and OVS magazine, among others. Peter J. King b. Boston, Lincolnshire teaches philosophy at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Maxine Kollar is a wife and a mother of three. She has a degree in Political Science and plans to save the world once she has caught up on laundry. Deborah P. She is also a member and former president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, for which she helped create the Dwarf Stars Award and co-created Eye to the Telescope. More at dkolodji. He and his wife live in a year-old farmhouse. He shares a keyboard with two cats. Issue 1 Issue 31 Issue 32 Issue Katie Krantz is a student and writer from Atlanta, Georgia.

She is a graduate of the Alpha Workshop. He has a B. Geoffrey A. Landis is a writer, a scientist, and a poet. He has won the Hugo and Nebula awards for best science fiction. As a scientist, he works for NASA on Mars exploration, interstellar flight, and on developing advanced technologies for future missions. He lives in Berea Ohio with his wife, poet Mary Turzillo, and four cats. More information can be found at geoffreylandis. Dennis M. Lane has finally settled in South Africa after leaving his home in the UK and living in seven countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

His first poetry collection 8 Million Stories was published in November David Glen Larson , after studying film and philosophy at the University of Southern California, spent more than a decade as a film and television writer before rediscovering his love of speculative prose and poetry.

Robert Laughlin lives in Chico, California. He has published short stories, poems, and one novel, Vow of Silence ; about half of his published work is SF. Kathleen A. Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award. Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle.

See more at gerrileen. Issue 14 Issue 29 Issue Mariusz M. Interested in literary theory, utopia, and poetics of science fiction. Francine P. She has published two poetry chapbooks, Eurydice Dreams and Interstellar Iconography , a couple of short stories, finished one poetry collection and is working on a second. She has written a science-fiction novel and is also working on a novella. Sandra Lindow has served as vice president and acting president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association.

She has 24 Rhysling nominations but no win—which gives her another reason to keep writing. She lives on a hilltop in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Ever searching for fringe types of poetry, he has been obsessing over Aniara and is always looking for something new. Alison Leigh Lilly nurtures the earth-rooted, sea-soaked, mist-and-mystic heritage of her ancestors through poetry and creative nonfiction. You can learn more about her work at alisonleighlilly.

Darrell Lindsey is a freelance writer and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet from Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas. Kenji Liu is a 1. Kenji is currently at work completing a full-length poetry manuscript, Map of an Onion. Christina Loraine is a full-time fine artist who loves synchroncities and telling stories across different mediums. She lives far enough outside of Chicago to see the stars and enjoys spending time with her son and husband. She was a Philosophy major and still spends a large amount of time with her head in the clouds.

Christina recently finished her first book, an ecological fantasy crossover, and is searching for a lit agent with an imaginary green thumb. You can find her instructing art classes, painting commissions, and trying to blog more frequently at ChristinaLoraine. Andrea Lorenzini works as a writer, editor and translator in Bologna and Ravenna, Italy. He wrote a dozen theatrical plays for teenagers and a couple of illustrated books for adults; he translated three film-poems by Tony Harrison into Italian in slant rhyme v.

He also researches Australian fantasy and supernatural poetry. Charles is a resident of Sydney. Her writing interests are short fiction and poetry in the speculative fiction genre. She self-publishes on Medium and with the Revellations Publication. In her free time she sings without regard for the ears of everyone around her and tweets with reckless abandon.

Chris Lynch was born with twelve fingers in the jungles of PNG. Prone to crazy ideas, he has run off and joined the army, walked the length of Japan, eloped, started Tangled Bank Press, and eaten goat testicles. Thankfully, not all at once. He blogs at chrislynch.

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Joseph Maddrey is the author of five nonfiction books about genre films and filmmakers, two books about the poet T. Eliot, and the graphic novel To Hell You Ride. He has written and produced more than fifty hours of documentary television, focusing on true crime and the paranormal. He lives in Studio City, California, with his wife and daughter. She spent January writing and posting one science article-inspired poem per day, each poem in a different form. For more info and free downloads of her Deviations series, go to home. Issue 4 Issue 5. Hailing from the notorious green lands of Lahore, Pakistan, Usman T.

Malik currently lives in Florida with a reluctant wife and a veggie-hating son. He is a hospitalist haunting the sanitized, monster-free halls of Leesburg Regional Medical Center. Although Usman has written poetry and prose for a long time and is a Nobel Prize winner in an alternate universe , this is his first published poem, with more poetry forthcoming in the pages of Space and Time and a demon story in The Crimson Pact: Volume 4 out next month.

Emily Manger is a performance poet from Melbourne, Australia. She haunts the spoken word scene, and her work occasionally appears in various local publications. In her spare time, Emily works on her thesis for a PhD in psychology. John C. He also has literary distinctions: winner of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature , a Weymouth writer in residence and , and the Celebrity Judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Visit jcmannone. Denny E. Marshall has had art, poetry, and fiction published.

See more at dennymarshall. Steven Martinez works for the local film industry in New Mexico. He writes poetry with a bias toward the Mythic and Archaic. He resides in Albuquerque. Erica Gerald Mason is an author, poet, and blogger living in Georgia. Her daily poem series, A Poem Before Breakfast, is on day and counting.

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Her book i am a telescope: science love poems is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. Find her blog and poetry at ericageraldmason. Cy Mathews is a Dunedin-based writer. She shares a love of laughter and the ocean with her husband and two grown children. Issue 21 Issue 22 Issue You can find her online at lynettemejia. Issue 14 Issue 17 Issue Alan Meyrowitz received his Doctorate in Computer Science from the George Washington University in , and retired from the federal government in after a career in research.

Ang Si Min teaches teenagers for a living, dreams of alternative universes for her sanity, and writes for a hobby. His Rhysling-nominated poetry has been featured in Strange Horizons, Liminality Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, and other fine magazines and anthologies. His fiction appears in anthologies including Myriad Lands and the forthcoming Sunvault Anthology. To read his magical worlds and poems, find him at levmirov. In addition to being a writer, she is also a classically trained actor, fight choreographer and a sometime chef. Archita Mittra is a writer, artist and creator with a love for the vintage, the whimsy and the darkly fantastical.

Xavier's College, Kolkata. She enjoys reading tarot cards, baking and calligraphy among a million other things. Patricia Monaghan is the author of four books of poetry including Seasons of the Witch, winner of the Friends of Literature Award for poetry, and more than a dozen nonfiction books including The Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines and The Encyclopedia of Celtic Myth and Spirit. A winner of the Pushcart Prize and the Paul Gruchow Award in Nature-Writing, she is professor of interdisciplinary studies at DePaul University in Chicago and a Founding Fellow of the Black Earth Institute, a progressive think-tank for artists who connect spirituality with social justice and environmentalism.

Phylinda Moore lives in Philadelphia. Heather Moser is from a small town in Ohio. In her spare moments she is poetry editor for Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, a job she loves, and served as the editor for the Rhysling Anthology. She writes a lot. She reads as much as she can. Her work has been nominated for the Best of the Net award and twice for the Pushcart Prize.

She lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin. Her publication credits are listed at kristinemuslim. His inspirations include H. He is a member of the mysterious Crimson Circle, a coterie of dark poets. Naia lives in Southern California and writes short-form and freestyle poetry, with an emphasis on haiku, haibun, cinquain, and haiga. Her website: naia. Roger E. Nelson lives a mostly unremarkable life full of happy mediocrity in southeastern Virginia.

Time not spent engaging in general nerdery as a computer systems architect is usually spent driving on race tracks along the east coast of the United States. Of the two, he excels at the former but prefers the latter. Mostly because worrying about hitting a tire wall at mph generates less stress than justifying a budget for system upgrades. As a child, Mari Ness wanted to be a knight of the Round Table, chasing monsters.

These days, she chases monsters in her work. She lives in central Florida. Kurt Newton is a poet, a short-story writer and novelist in that order. His first love is and always has been poetry. Tom T. Nguyen is a Vietnamese-born boy, writer, educator, and entrepreneur. Tom co-founded the LA Street Dance Collective in , and presided over the organization until He is featured to give performances and workshops in the Southern California area.

Currently, Tom is the founder of Do The Knowledge, an extracurricular learning center for students age 10—17, dedicated to creating transformative experiences through workshops, classes, and camp programs. Bhim Nimgade resides in the Elysian fields of Wisconsin, wishing to pluck the lyre and walk with the cattle in the golden dust of evening, as he was wont to do in the bucolic parts of Pusa, New Delhi, India, in an earlier age, listening to the evening cries of the peacocks.

Opperman is a poet of horror and dark fantasy hailing from southern California. Issue 30 Issue The U. It is still a mystery why she is drawn to this vast heartland with the extreme heat of the summer and the deep freeze of the winter. Perhaps it has to do with the beauty of the four seasons, the open space, and the fabulous sky. At this moment, she is a librarian at a university in the Midwest, but who knows what she will become. One thing she knows for certain is that she is very passionate about social justice and human rights.

She believes that peace is easier than wars, and love is easier than hatred. Poetry and dance, especially Thai dance, have been her main creative forms. She lives with her husband and her daughter. Jeffrey Park is a writer, educator and poodle whisperer. A native of Baltimore, Jeffrey now lives in Munich, Germany. Links to all of his published work can be found at scribbles-and-dribbles.

Amanda Partridge is a law student who spends what little free time she has writing poetry, drinking tea, and exploring alternate timelines with her cat. You can find her on social media themandabird. Tia Paul-Louis was raised in Florida but makes her real home in poetry, which she first inhabited at age She is an assistant editor at Goblin Fruit. She is currently working on a novel for young adults. Issue 9. Charles Payseur currently resides in Wisconsin, where his partner, a gaggle of pets, and more craft beer than is strictly healthy help him through the long winters.

He currently works as an editorial assistant at Locus magazine. Find him on Twitter: fictionaljosh or at fictionaljosh. One time, Ken Jennings signed his chest. Issue 21 Issue His poetry has appeared in numerous publications nationally and internationally. She lives with her family in Houston, Texas. Evan J. Once a week I review these highlights and record notes about them in Evernote.

Achieving that level of endurance requires many sessions to build the discipline and strength to finish a marathon. Today, write a few paragraphs about a single idea or piece of research for your non-fiction book. Tomorrow, write about another idea. As long as you move forwards with your first draft each day, you will reach the end of your first draft. In another life, I was a journalist, and part of my job involved interviewing politicians, business people and even authors.

The interviews that caused me the most problems were more than 60 minutes long because they took hours to listen to and transcribe. You can also save a lot of time by getting your interviews transcribed for a dollar a minute using Rev. In other words, research forms the backbone of what he writes. He dedicates entire chapters to describing the origins and operations of an intelligence agency.

This process indicates in-depth research. Besides, you can always continue to research your book as you write … once you have a system for capturing your ideas as you go. I started by reading dozens of books about creativity, writing and productivity over the course of a year before deciding to tackle this topic. I extracted the ideas I wanted to write about. Then I turned them into provisional chapter titles and recorded them on fifty index cards, one for each potential chapter.

On each card, I created a rough list of ideas in the form of five-to-ten bullet points. I also noted other books and stories to reference. Then I pinned these index cards to a wall near where I write so I could live with this outline for a few weeks. I spent several more weeks working on the outline before transferring it to my computer and expanding upon each bullet point. Write an outline to help guide you in the right direction, making sure your chapters follow a logical progression.

All you are doing when you write an outline is creating a blueprint that you can use as a reference. You might want to write about book a sports or diet regime, tell a personal story or offer a guide to a complex topic like teaching science to kids. During the editing process, your controlling idea or thesis statement will help you assess whether each chapter achieves its purpose. It will help you prop your book on a firm foundation.


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A typical non-fiction book consists of between 60, and 80, words, and a typical novel can be anywhere from 60, to , words. So if you want to write a non-fiction book, and you commit to writing 1, words a day, it will take you 60 days to write the first draft if you write every day. Instead, aim to write five or six days every week. The same is true for writing as well. Ideally, your writing space should be sparse and devoid of distractions.

That means no televisions, game consoles and so on. You could put inspirational posters on the wall or look out onto your garden. That said, many successful authors prefer working while facing the wall because the outside is distracting. The poet Raymond Carver wrote many of his early poems in his car. Writing the first draft of a book is intimidating. Instead, find somewhere you can write quietly for an hour, and do all you can to get the words out of your head and onto the blank page. The first draft is sometimes called the vomit draft Eww! I find it helpful to set a target word count for my writing sessions.

I usually aim to write 1, words in an hour, set a timer and open Scrivener. Get Help Writing Your Book. As long as you have a skeleton of the book that you can refine and rework, your rough draft is a success. Your story needs a good beginning, a juicy middle portion and a cracker of an ending. Jumping straight into the middle of a chapter will help you gain momentum faster. Jump into the middle, and figure out how to write the introduction. Then take your first draft chapter by chapter. Write your book with the sole intention of putting the story that is stuck in the recesses of your memory onto a paper.

In this state, your fingers move automatically over the keyboard. Sentences become paragraphs, and paragraphs become chapters. I wrote my first book when I was working in a job I disliked, just after my wife had our daughter. Even if I did, I lacked the mental discipline to do it. However, I quickly found that when I put writing last in the day, it was least likely to happen.

I cannot stress the importance of hard work. Now, I block-book time in my calendar for writing every morning at a. It helps that my daughter is now five. Managing your writing time also means saying no to other activities and ideas—if they take you away from the blank page.

Getting from page one to The End is a long race, and it sometimes gets lonely, but the hard work will pay off. If you write non-fiction, explore a setback or challenge you faced while trying to achieve a specific outcome. Extract a story from your journal it helps. Put your first draft down, read other books that inspire you, visit an art gallery or listen to a podcast by someone you admire.

Writing and publishing a book takes months, depending on the subject, so set small milestones for yourself. Ernest Hemingway recorded his daily word count on a board next to where he wrote, so as not to kid himself. Tracking your daily word count will help measure your word count and see how far you need to go to reach your target for writing your first book.

During these rewrites, concern yourself with shaping your ideas and working on the flow and structure of your book. After spending weeks or months working on an idea, I find that the work becomes too hot to touch, let alone edit. Look for words and sentences to change and ideas to remove and expand upon. Mark your manuscript with a pen and continue reading.

The American novelist and editor Sol Stein likens the process of reviewing the first draft to performing triage on a patient. Before you get into small changes during a rewrite like tweaking a chapter title or editing a sentence, fix the big problems in your book. I also found additional research to back up holes in my arguments. Only then did I get into performing line edits. Take it sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph and chapter by chapter.

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This is also a good time to reexamine your writing style and check if you are maintaining a consistent writing style throughout your book. While working on later drafts, enlist the help of a family member or friend. Later on, hire an editor and ask them to provide frank feedback.

You might be able to write the first or second or even third draft alone, but at some point, you need outside help. A good editor will help you write a far better book and improve your craft as a writer. Like any professional, editors are not free. Depending on the length of your book, you can spend anywhere between and several thousand dollars on an editor. I wasted a lot of time trying to proof my first book myself only to have readers email me about the typos. In the end, I hired a proofreader, asked them to fix my book and re-uploaded the proofed version to Amazon.

Instead, I recommend hiring a proofreader or giving chapters of your book to beta readers, family and friends to check. Writing and publishing a book are two different skills, and it takes different mindsets to succeed at both. While writing allows you to flex your creative muscles, publishing your book is a science that requires a much more logical approach.

You can try a myriad of software packages and book writing apps. I recommend Scrivener as one of the best book writing apps, while my top self-publishing app is Vellum. Adding a book review will also come in handy to attract those readers who do a drive-through by skimming through your summary and your book cover. If you need help with this, consider joining the Author Marketing Club. You could also try writing guest blog posts that stoke the curiosity of readers of other sites.

So always budget for and hire a professional book cover designer. At first, your initial audience might include friends, family and members of a writing group. Later, invite readers of your other books or your blog. Firstly, cultivate an email list of loyal readers who will read early or advanced copies of your book, offer to write reviews and so on. Secondly, invest time and money in learning and testing Amazon ads. They are relatively easy to use and will help you sell more copies.

You will always see a gap between what you want to create and what you end up writing, but you can narrow the distance with each new book. It is really informative and attractive post. I will recommend it to others. I am a widow, a pensioner and live alone. I have won various small prizes for poetry and short stories and I am content to leave it at that level. I follow your newsletters because they are so honest and extremely helpful no matter where anyone is with their writing and of course, because I have learned lots of useful tips from you.

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Hi Leila, I appreciate the kind words. Congrats on winning the prizes too. Chat soon. As someone who has thought several times about writing a book, I found this post fascinating. Awesome to get a peek into your process and thinking about how I might adapt your methods to my own writing and working styles. Hi Brent, Nice to hear from you again. I like hearing how others writers get things done.