Inside Baseball

How the publishing industry works (in a nutshell): The publisher’s job is to sell a pocket-sized wad of paper for $20. The editor’s job is to decorate that paper with letters of the alphabet so that it will be perceived as worth what the publisher wants for it. The writer’s job is to arrange those […]

An Announcement

I am pleased to announce that I have a new podcast. Readers who find their way to this page may know that for the past year give or take I have been working on a volunteer basis as a slush reader for Metaphorosis Magazine About a month ago I started talks with the editor about […]

Publishing Time is not like Real Time as we know it.

Submission. If you’re anything like me, that word can mean one of a few things. Today, we’re talking about the process of submitting a work of fiction for consideration to a publisher. So if you’re down for that, read on. (If you’re disappointed, send me a dm.) I’ve finished up my novella, Esperanza, and need […]

Adventure into Copywriting

For as far back as I can remember I have always wanted to write marketing copy. Ok, so it’s not the typical little boy’s dream. I didn’t know that’s what I wanted until just recently. I’m certain my mother can remember as a kid when we would take turns finding mistakes and typos in signs […]

Order of Information in Constructing Prose

Preliminary thoughts on structuring prose for maximum impact to the reader. Thesis: Prose should be invisible while in media res to aid the reader’s sense of immersion in the story.  Hypothetically prose can be delivered to a reader in such a way as to remain invisible by anticipating reader questions and supplying information to the reader […]