The In-Between | Kat Heckenbach

The In-Between  |  Kat Heckenbach

Please welcome independent author Kat Heckenbach as she stops by the blog today to talk about that hurdle that all authors must face at some point: marketing. Indie authors aren’t quite what they used to be. Self-publishing at one time meant shouldering huge printing expenses because we didn’t have the print-on-demand technology we have today.

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We are so excited to have author Morgan L. Busse stop by the Crosshair Press blog today! “Awakened” is the title of the second installment in her award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. It was released this November, and we asked if she would give us a bit more insight into what got her started on this

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6 Books You Should Be Reading for Unique Worldbuilding

6 Books You Should Be Reading for Unique Worldbuilding

I’ll admit it. I like the funky mash-ups. I love the cross-genre novels that feature worldbuilding with cultures and elements that have never touched each other before. I think it’s fascinating when authors create fantasy and magic cultures as diverse as our world (which, let’s face it, is not solely medieval Europe). Unfortunately, well-written stories

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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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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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5 Autumn Staples for the Weary Writer

5 Autumn Staples for the Weary Writer

It’s that time of year again, the season of colorful leaves and walks in crisp fall air and bleary-eyed writers stabbing wearily at keyboards in a mad attempt to pound out a novel in a month. The struggle is real, my friends. The struggle is real. If you’re the unfortunate friend or family member of

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When Crying’s A Good Thing

When Crying’s A Good Thing

A fellow writer recently asked a group of us (also writers), “When you read a book or watch a movie, what moments in those works make you Ugly Cry?” We’re not talking a solitary tear rolling down your cheek. Oh, no. We’re looking for what makes you bawl like a toddler who’s just been informed

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The Cookie of Fortune

The Cookie of Fortune

The salty odor of frying noodles added depth to the tang of chargrilled pork and hoisin sauce. Sweet enough to cling to the back of Jim’s throat and just earthy enough to make his stomach rumble in anticipation. Gaijin had the best Asian cuisine in San Francisco. No contest. Jim’s stomach gnawed on his spine

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Attention, writers: Your book could save a life

Attention, writers: Your book could save a life

Just a couple weeks ago in the Rio 2016 Olympics Michael Phelps swam for a silver medal and five gold medals to become the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 career medals, 23 of them gold. He broke and defended multiple world and Olympic records at the ripe old age of 31, becoming

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What to do with a rejection letter

What to do with a rejection letter

We’re coming up to the end of August, which for lots of people means the start of a new school year – and for everyone, it’s the beginning of autumn (bring on the pumpkin-spiced everything!). But for us at Crosshair Press, it’s the end. The end of novel edits (this is where those of you

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