Road to Realm Makers 2017: A Recap

Road to Realm Makers 2017: A Recap

Each year I’ve gone to Realm Makers, I’ve had major expectations. I expect to hear excellent instruction on writing. I expect to make new connections and to see people dressed up and having fun at the annual costume-optional banquet. And I definitely expect to be inspired to take on my dreams and plans and… Sometimes

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Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Note: This was supposed to be about 700 words. There is no way, my friends. No way that’s happening. In fact, this will probably my closest attempt to publishing a full-length novel. I hope you enjoy. (Feat. photo credit: Gretchen Kuykendall Engel) When I mention Realm Makers to folks, they always ask me what it

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Realm Makers 2016: How to impress us

Realm Makers 2016: How to impress us

Prepare yourselves, people! We’re about to give away the biggest secret to pitching your manuscript to us. This is the key to impressing us: Don’t try. We’re just going to get really frank and honest here, folks. If you come into your pitch appointment with the idea that you’re going to impress us with your

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Realm Makers 2016: What you need to know

Realm Makers 2016: What you need to know

How many times has someone rendered you speechless simply by asking you what your novel is about? I’m raising my hand because I’ve been there ten dozen times. If you’re a writer (and especially a speculative fiction writer), I guarantee you’ve been there too. I can spend several years on a manuscript, dedicating every moment to

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