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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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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Writing from Real Life

Writing from Real Life

If you’re a writer, and even if you’re not, odds are you’ve heard the adage, “Write what you know.” And if you’re a writer, it’s probable you’ve sat and thought, “I know about grocery shopping, my work, and living in the suburbs. There’s nothing exciting about what I know.” And so we sit and we

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Favorite Female Characters Tea Party Recap

Favorite Female Characters Tea Party Recap

We were so pleased to host another Crosshair Press Tea Party last Thursday. If you were able to make it, thank you for hanging out with us! And if you weren’t, well, that’s what this special recap post is all about. The Crosshair team is not unfamiliar with the struggle of scheduling meetings across crazy time zone

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Katiller Character Short: Going Dark

Katiller Character Short: Going Dark

Ah, bok. I hate getting shot. Bener winced as Eser poured antiseptic over the furrow creasing Bener’s upper arm. He glanced down, grimacing as more blood beaded up on the wound. At least it’s just a graze. Much better than the alternative, had he been much slower ducking for cover. Didn’t make it hurt any

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