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“John Kosichev” in Storyteller magazine

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Blog Posts, Featured, Writing | 0 comments

“John Kosichev” in Storyteller magazine

As I said in my last post, it turns out that when you send stories regularly in answer to calls for submissions, you sometimes get stories accepted! I’m very excited to break my long publishing silence with a release in a new magazine, Storyteller, with a story that’s been a particular favorite of mine (even when it took a few drafts), “John Kosichev.”   This issue of Storyteller includes some gripping and rather timely stories tackling issues of virtual reality,...

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Aqua Vitae

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Featured, Publications, Writing | 0 comments

Aqua Vitae

Jenes Inarya wants to live to experience everything, and it just might be possible. Her quest for immortality leads her through myth and legend to the farthest reaches of the galaxy (well, so the Jericho magazine article said, although it’s prone to exaggeration). And it’s only the beginning. The rest of a very long life is about to start–but Jenes doesn’t yet know how to live it. “Aqua Vitae is only 70-pages long, but manages to pack a lot…part...

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Short Stories: Science Fiction Stories

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Featured, Publications | 0 comments

Short Stories: Science Fiction Stories

“John Kosichev” in Storyteller Magazine, Vol 1, No 2 “Arnheim’s World” in Analog Magazine, May 2015 “Drown or Die” in The Future Fire and TFF-X: Ten Years of The Future Fire “To the Altar” in Warrior Wisewoman 3 Find it at: Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Powell’s  Alibris  Better World Books Reprinted in Andromeda’s Children “Reila’s Machine” in M-BRANE Science Fiction’s anthology Things We Are Not Find it at:...

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12 Words to (Almost Always) Cut

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Blog Posts, Editing, Featured, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

12 Words to (Almost Always) Cut

Strong stories are not necessarily short. They don’t need to be Hemingway-esque masterpieces of bare prose. In fact, I have friends who would argue “Hemingway-esque masterpiece” is an oxymoron; the man’s writing gets downright boring. And it would be hypocritical of me to argue for only short sentences or short paragraphs. I have to consciously apply myself to make use of either.    But in a strong story, every word counts. And no word is misplaced or ill-chosen. The...

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Print-on-Demand Formatting for Better Royalties

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Blog Posts, Featured, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

Print-on-Demand Formatting for Better Royalties

CreateSpace is one of the most popular POD (print-on-demand) choices for self-publishing authors and small presses. Each time a book is ordered through Amazon or another retailer, CreateSpace prints the book and ships it. Each month, CreateSpace sends the author accrued royalties, after it takes its printing and distribution costs. The author doesn’t need to worry about managing an inventory of unsold books-all one needs to do is write the book and upload it with proper formatting. And...

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