The Degentrification of Urban Fantasy

Thanks for writing this post. I look forward to discovering more urban fantasy starting with these books. (I’m currently reading Older’s “Shadowshaper”.

Chronicles of Harriet

Originally posted by the author onFacebook.

The cosmic. The weird. The fantastic. The spiritual.
Whatever we call it, we all have a profound need to glimpse, experience, or at least believe in, some greater reality beyond our mundane existence.
That is why Urban Fantasy has become one of the most successful genres in modern publishing.
Urban Fantasy is unique in its willingness to see the stuff of horror – the familiar cast of vampires, were-creatures, zombies, demons and other monstrous entities – not simply as horrific and repellent, but also as darkly fascinating and appealing.
Vampires have always embodied the darker aspects of human sexuality, but in urban fantasy, those aspects are allowed full rein to express themselves. However, there is far more to Urban Fantasy than steamy encounters with glittery bloodsuckers.
Authors of African descent are taking Urban Fantasy by storm and, as author Daniel José Older

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4 Tips for Writing a Killer Ending to Your Story

Just found my next favorite blogger! 🙂

J. Young-Ju Harris

When it comes down to it there is really only one rule about writing a good ending for a story: the ending you write has to fulfill the promises you made during your story.

The much tougher part can be coming up with an ending that succeeds in doing that. I think as authors we all want that amazing ending that not only satisfies the reader but makes them think about what they read and remember it years down the line.

Sadly, I can’t tell you how to write the perfect ending, but I can give you some tips about things that will make the ending of your story work. I will leave the creative and artist decisions that make it truly stand out to you.

1.) Don’t Leave Any Questions Unanswered

Throughout your story, your job as a writer is to raise questions (i.e. conflicts). But by the end…

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On Letting Go

A great piece for authors who have trouble “murdering their darlings”. It showcases advice that should be at least considered and heeded.

E. Rose Sabin

In my previous blog I wrote about books so enjoyable that you don’t want them to end. Now I must confess that writers sometimes feel that way about a book they are writing. We tend to fall in love with our characters and with the story. It’s not that we think it so wonderful, but that because we love the characters and the story we’ve put them into, we want it to be our very best work. Sometimes we complete a manuscript but can’t leave it alone. We want to do more character development, put in more details, maybe add another plot twist. Or maybe we wonder whether we’ve made a situation clear enough. Will the reader understand what we mean here? Does this part need to be better explained?

Even when a book gets sent off to an editor and proofs returned for checking, it’s easy to spot places where…

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Why Would Anyone Settle For Being An Indie-Author?


Mark Wilson Books

Why Would Anyone Settle For Being An Indie-Author?

The first question I’m asked when people discover that I’m an Indie- Author is whether I’ve approached or considered approaching agents or publishers.

‘Your books are good, Mark. You should submit to publishers.’

It doesn’t seem to occur to some that being independent is a choice, not a necessity. I never considered the traditional publishing route, although I have had offers from several Independent publishing houses and one large agency over the years which I chose not to accept for a variety of reasons.

I was very lucky to benefit early in my writing career from the advice of several authors who’ve spent some years in the publishing industry. In particular, I had a long chat with Gavin Bain, a friend of mine who has had long-term experience in the music and literary business. We chatted about agents, contracts, advances, small publishers…

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What Do You Think Your Characters Look Like?

Wow, I love this blog post! The author, Burks, has been keeping me very busy! I’m in the process of re-rendering an old map of my high fantasy world Reath (rhymes with death — anagram for Earth) and now I get to have fun looking at the characters I drew and then I too can re-draw them! Thank you, dear!

E. Paige Burks

I’m a very visual person, as you might be able to tell from my maps. I like to have pictures that I can look back at and be like, ‘oh yeah, that’s what it looks like.’ Unfortunately, I sorta suck at drawing, which is super lame because my mother and my sister draw like pros.

I have so many sketches of my characters. Just like the maps, they’ve gone through some changes over the years, but they’re just never it. Whatever it is. I feel like I’d just know it when I saw it. Or maybe not. Maybe I’ll just never be satisfied! *sniff*

Anyway, here’s how I wish my drawings would look:


But here’s how they actually look:


Not too bad, but not a Monet! Seriously, all I want is a good representation of who my characters are! Is that so much to ask???

When I picture Nyx…

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A Look at Expository Literature by Melissa Stewart

Kudos to the author, Melissa Stewart! This looks like so entertaining and a wonderful idea of how to keep my middle school students engaged especially after they return from Spring Break! #DifferentiatedInstruction #KeepTheRigorOrGoInsane

Nerdy Book Club

Let’s start with a quick activity.

  1. Make a list of five nonfiction children’s books you love.
  2. Place an N next to the books with a narrative writing style. These books tell a true story.
  3. Place an E next to the books with an expository writing style. These titles inform, describe, or explain.
  4. Look at your list. Do you seem to prefer one writing style over the other? If so, why do you think you have that preference? Do a quick write to explain your rationale.

If you’re like most members of the children’s literature community, you’re naturally drawn to stories and storytelling. You enjoy reading a wide range of fiction as well as narrative nonfiction, such as the many excellent picture book biographies being published today.

But consider this: Many children see things differently. They connect more strongly with expository texts, and they’re most likely to develop a love of…

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