The book cover dilemma

February 4, 2014

So having completed the first round of edits for my short fiction collection, TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER (due out late this summer in print and e-book formats), my publisher Pixel Hall Press and I are beginning the design process, starting with the cover. Normally, I offer little input in the early stages, being very design-challenged! […]

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Five fiction markets for February 2014

February 1, 2014

February is my birth month, but instead of getting presents, I’m giving them—well, five of them at least, in the form of five markets where you can submit your short fiction. And I’d love to hear what successes you have had with your submissions! Did you get an acceptance? A complimentary or educational rejection? (Don’t […]

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Is it literary fiction or commercial?

January 28, 2014

Many times when I have had to describe my fiction, or submit one of my stories to a site or contest, I have had to choose the right category for it: literary or commercial. I usually end up choosing “literary” but lately, I have been wondering if in fact my fiction is “literary”—and more to […]

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Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers with Annie Neugebauer

January 21, 2014

This post kicks off the newest feature on my FINDING FRAN blog called “Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers,” where I’ll introduce you to short story writers who will talk about writing in this literary form: the techniques, challenges and pleasures. Today’s interview is with Annie Neugebauer—novelist, short story author and award-winning poet represented […]

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“And then what happened was…” for January 2014

January 14, 2014

A lot of my short stories are triggered by a line of dialogue that pops into my head. I hear those words spoken by a chracter that I don’t even know yet and the rest of the story just takes off. And I have used a variation of that in the “Jump-Start” part of my […]

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Five fiction markets for January 2014

January 7, 2014

Let’s start the new year off right by resolving to submit our fiction on a regular basis! (As my father says, “If you don’t ask, you won’t get”—and in this case, what we want to get is publication!) I’ve pulled together some markets for you to explore. Read their guidelines, take a look at what […]

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Happy 2014 and here’s what’s ahead!

January 1, 2014

Many in the media have dubbed 2013 as “the year of the short story”—influenced, no doubt, by Alice Munro being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Not content with giving short fiction just 12 months, however, I’m decided to be more ambitious and dub the ten year period, 2013 to 2023, as the decade of […]

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Christmas break means catch-up time

December 29, 2013

Everyone in the corporate world seems to be off for the holidays, which means I can take a break from doing my “work writing” marketing activities, and instead play catch-up on my fiction author tasks. I’ve spent the past several days looking at my book marketing spreadsheets (one for each fiction book plus a general […]

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Who I curled up with on “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day

December 23, 2013

As you probably know by now (or should know, if you’ve been following this blog), this past Saturday was the first official “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day. Yes, I know—it was also the first day of winter and the day when we had the least amount of sunlight, which is why I decided the long winter […]

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“Celebrate Short Fiction” Day!

December 21, 2013

It’s December 21st, the shortest day of the year, followed by the longest night… What are your plans? Rush around buying last-minute holiday presents? Scramble to finish addressing Christmas cards or baking seasonal goodies? Complain about the lack of sunlight? I have an idea that is way more fun: make yourself a cup of hot […]

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