5 lessons learned from my first comic con

5 lessons learned from my first comic con

I had the joy of attending my very first comic con as a vendor at the end of February this year. GalaxyFest 2017 was held in Colorado Springs for a weekend (plus a bit on the Friday before), and as I understand it they were expecting about 6,000 people to attend. I can’t speak for

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How to use games for world building

How to use games for world building

World building. There are tons of places to find inspiration for your fictional landscapes, cultures, and conflicts in your story. New writers are told to read what you want to write, not to copy, but to emulate. Books, movies, current events — they’re all fair game. But some of the most influential slices of entertainment

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Life as a Student Author | Dakota Caldwell

Life as a Student Author | Dakota Caldwell

Authors. Of all the careers in the world (with maybe the exception of the pope and deep space explorers), this particular profession elicits more mystery, reverence, and respect than any other. I mean, when someone asks you what you’re doing, tell them that you’re writing a book. Watch their reactions and tell me if I’m

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5 Ways to Know if You’re Ready for a Book Editor

5 Ways to Know if You’re Ready for a Book Editor

Congratulations! You’ve finished your book manuscript! My green plaid newsie cap goes off to you. I know firsthand how difficult it is to persevere through all the stages of writing and finally complete a manuscript. It’s an accomplishment worth celebrating. Now it’s time for the key question. What’s next? Publication? Fame and fortune? A beautiful

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Getting romance right

Getting romance right

It’s Valentine’s Day, so bring forth the obligatory love-centric posts, right? I don’t know about you, but I’m in the camp where when I’m reading or watching a movie and I see good things happening, birds singing, and especially main characters falling in love, I get suspicious. I sense something’s coming. Usually it’s something bad. Like a dinosaur,

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My Word for 2017

My Word for 2017

There is so much buzz going around about the year 2016, how terrible/surprising/tragic/ridiculous it was. While I felt a few personal blows last year, something more overshadowed my experience in the past ~365 days. A foul cloud of discouragement and cynicism hovered over 2016. And yet I’m not sure that this year was really worse than any other. I joined

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New Name Blog Tour

New Name Blog Tour

Today we have author A.C. Williams joining us on our blog to chat about her newest novel, New Name. New Name is the third part of the Destiny Trilogy, preceded by Nameless and Namesake, all three of which were published by our imprint Steel Rigg Books. Crosshair Press (CP): Can you believe it? The Destiny

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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Okay, I’ll admit it. I went into Fantastic Beasts cautiously excited and more than a little skeptical. I love the Harry Potter world and series (both the movies and the books) and I was prepared to be disappointed by a completely different story line, time period, and cast of characters. Instead, I was utterly charmed

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