Should you use American English for submissions to US agents and publishers?

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels. Over the years, I've submitted many short stories to international literary journals. Most of the work I've had published overseas, though, has been in the UK and Ireland. As I contemplate approaching overseas agents for representation of my psychological suspense novel, I've been wondering about expectations for manuscripts submitted … Continue reading Should you use American English for submissions to US agents and publishers?

How to write a new novel when you can’t remember where to begin

My writing desk. New year, new notebook. For the last two years or so, I've been writing, rewriting, editing and polishing my latest manuscript. My baby is finally ready to pitch—exciting times—and I've tentatively started to send it out. Now that the manuscript is out of my hands, though, I need to decide on the … Continue reading How to write a new novel when you can’t remember where to begin

Edit with your ears: the value of hearing your words

Photo by Christina Morillo on Pexels.com I've spent most of the year editing my psychological suspense novel. Initially, this involved improving big-picture aspects of the story—pacing, character development, themes, tense—we're talking a big structural edit. For the last couple of months, though, I've been sweating the small stuff: the line edit and proofreading prior to … Continue reading Edit with your ears: the value of hearing your words

Small acts of validation: the importance of connecting with readers

Photo by Immortal shots on Pexels.com The business of being a writer is inherently disappointing if your mark of success is achieving traditional publication or winning prizes. Although many of us harbour these desires, these glittering goals, the reality is that few writers, even successful ones, end up collecting a pile of accolades. Or sales. … Continue reading Small acts of validation: the importance of connecting with readers

How to get published in literary journals: why you need a submission strategy

Photo by Jessica Lewis on Pexels.com Short fiction can be a fantastic way for a writer to explore new genres, build skills or just let off steam, to have a bit of fun and actually finish a piece when a novel can take years to write and polish. Publishing short fiction can also be a … Continue reading How to get published in literary journals: why you need a submission strategy