Unicorn Mirror: A Compendium of Unicorn Lore
 

Unicorn Mirror: A Compendium of Unicorn Lore

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Quill by A. C. Cobble
 

Quill

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Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes
 

Seven Blades in Black

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Small Press vs. Self-Publishing

Small Press vs. Self-Publishing 

Given the choice, I feel safe in saying that the vast majority of writers would prefer to be published with a large publishing house, particularly after a bidding war that resulted in a six- or seven-figure advance. That’s pretty much a no-brainer. Unfortunately, most new writers don’t have the luxury of choosing. Books by new […]

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Historical Fantasy vs. Historical Fiction

Historical Fantasy vs. Historical Fiction 

It has been almost eight years since I’ve been on stage — twelve since I’ve been in a major role — and yet I still have the Actor’s Nightmare at least once a month. It’s always the same: it’s opening night, and I realize that I haven’t even looked at my lines yet, much less […]

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When Nice Girls Write Dark Fantasy

When Nice Girls Write Dark Fantasy 

I’m a nice girl. A very nice girl. I’ve been told many times that I am the nicest person so-and-so has ever met. And happy too! I sing Broadway show tunes when I clean the house. I wave at fellow Beetle drivers, especially the yellow ones like mine. In fact, my car looks like one […]

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In the Face of Adversity: When Loved Ones Don’t Love Your Book

In the Face of Adversity: When Loved Ones Don’t Love Your Book 

About fifteen years ago, I sent my mom a copy of my manuscript – my very first novel. It was 973 pages long, and was, looking back, pretty much a mess. At the time, however, I thought it was perfect, and I was very, very, very attached to it. To every word. While she was […]

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The Merrily Watkins Series by Phil Rickman

The Merrily Watkins Series by Phil Rickman
5

Rather than review the books individually from this fantastic series, I thought instead I would review the series as a whole. It’s easy to do, considering I would give each of the eleven books a five-star rating. If you’ve never read Phil Rickman’s Merrily Watkins series about a spunky, female exorcist in Hereford, then you’re […]

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Writing a Killer Query Letter

Writing a Killer Query Letter 

In the last several years there’s been a wonderful development of small, independent fantasy publishers who do not require an agent for submissions. It’s much easier to break in; however, the flip side is small to no advances, limited exposure, and marketing that is left up almost entirely to the author. To those who dream […]

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How Being a Better Reader Will Make You a Better Writer

How Being a Better Reader Will Make You a Better Writer 

My husband has taught college film for the last twenty-five years. He’s very passionate about film, and regardless if he’s in the classroom or not, he can’t help pointing out things like lighting, editing, camera angles and symbolism. His class is a favorite among the students, and while they come away entertained as well as […]

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Marketing for the Broke Author

Marketing for the Broke Author 

Starting when I was about twelve and ending just a few years ago, I wished on many stars, pennies in fountains and birthday candles to be a published writer. I used to declare that sales didn’t matter: I just wanted to be published. And I actually believed I would be content, just with that. At […]

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20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
4.5

Looking for something different, brilliant, and deeply disturbing to read for Halloween? You need look no further than 20th Century Ghosts, a short-story collection by Joe Hill aka Stephen King’s son. It’s one of my all-time favorite books, and definitely my favorite short-story collection. I’m not big on short stories for the most part – […]

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What Not To Do At A Reading

What Not To Do At A Reading 

My trip to California last month marked a memorable occasion: I did my first book signing in my hometown, at the bookstore where I practically grew up, The Avid Reader in Davis. I bought my first books there, and used to imagine that one day I would host my own signing there. I mentioned this […]

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Movie Adaptations: Is the film version ever allowed to best the novel?

Movie Adaptations: Is the film version ever allowed to best the novel? 

Up until a few years ago I was one of many book lovers who firmly believed it’s virtually impossible for a film adaptation to be better than the novel it’s based on. Obviously it’s impossible to condense several hundred pages into two or three hours and maintain the story’s integrity, especially with all of the […]

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Occupational Hazards of Being a Fantasy Writer

Occupational Hazards of Being a Fantasy Writer 

During the month of June I drove right past my street at least four times on my way home from the grocery store. My eight-year-old daughter, who is no stranger to this phenomenon, would say something like, “Mom! You passed our street again! Did you leave the planet?” While that sounds like a snarky, rhetorical […]

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