Writing Excuses 5.35: Brainstorming Urban Fantasy

Brandon, Dan, and Howard brainstorm an urban fantasy set in a big-box store in Park City, Utah.


Writing Excuses 5.32: Urban Fantasy

We begin our discussion of Urban Fantasy with a discussion of definitions, which quickly devolves into an argument over what we are actually supposed to be talking about. Moving right along, we explore what sorts of things we find in an Urban Fantasy, and what sorts of rules these stories usually abide by. Dan tells … Continue reading Writing Excuses 5.32: Urban Fantasy



Writing Excuses 11.18: Elemental Horror From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/05/01/11-18-elemental-horror/ Key Points: What is horror? Visceral fear. Your reaction to something bad that has already happened, the sense of dread that your world has changed for the worse and you have to deal with it. The protagonist did something to catalyze it. The reader has to worry that … Continue reading 11.18


Writing Excuses 10.51: Q&A On Sharing Your Work, with Daniel Jose Older From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/12/20/writing-excuses-10-51-qa-on-showing-your-work-with-daniel-jose-older/ Q&A Summary: Q: What’s the best way to meet editors and agents at conventions? A: Hang out at the bar. Panels! Listen, then talk. Let them bring up business. Ask what they are working on. Do your homework first — find … Continue reading 10.51


Writing Excuses 10.50: How to Hand-Sell Your Manuscript to Agents and Editors with Michael Underwood and Marco Palmieri From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/12/13/writing-excuses-10-50-how-to-hand-sell-your-manuscript-to-agents-and-editors-with-michael-underwood-and-marco-palmieri/ Key Points: Don’t try to pitch unless you have read the instructions! Also, know the market. Don’t compare your book to things it has nothing to do with. Don’t interrupt a conversation to pitch your … Continue reading 10.50


Writing Excuses 10.49: What Do I Do with This Thing Now? From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/12/06/writing-excuses-10-49-what-do-i-do-with-this-thing-now/ Key Points: Start at the top of your list. Acceptances and rejections are not editorial feedback. Semi-pro markets can be good too! Make a list. Consider pay rate, size of audience, and shininess when prioritizing your list. Beware! The wrong agent is … Continue reading 10.49