David Farland Missed the Point About Discrimination in the Writing World

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A speculative fiction author published a blog post that I feel needs attention before it spreads through the writing community as gospel. In "Discrimination in the Writing World", David Farland opened with, A few days ago, I saw a Facebook post from a woman who complained that she didn’t want to see panels by “boring,… Continue reading David Farland Missed the Point About Discrimination in the Writing World

Pans in the Fire, Hands Writing Ire

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Where's the line between Horror and Dark Fantasy? The question bothered me earlier this week. Is my classification of darker works appropriate? I've always heard the Horror genre defined by the author's intentions, along the lines of "Horror is anything meant to scare the reader." That makes sense, though it's strange to acknowledge that I… Continue reading Pans in the Fire, Hands Writing Ire

A Few Ways to Get to Publishing Agents

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Though my focus this month remains on my short stories, I know many of the writers I see online are holding on to completed book manuscripts in need of homes. Are you ready for an agent or content editor? Manuscript Wish Tracking I came upon resources for querying publishing agents that is now in Www-writing… Continue reading A Few Ways to Get to Publishing Agents

What is Contemporary Fantasy?

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Readers use genre to narrow down their interests. Librarians and reviewers want to know how to tag or shelf books. Authors need to reach a suitable audience to sell a story, whether it's an agent or editor who asked for work in a specific genre or ebook buyers searching on categories. At least among authors… Continue reading What is Contemporary Fantasy?

Settling Into a New Webspace

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Welcome to Shadows in Mind This new blog for A.M. Lynn is starting fresh after more than eight years of false starts and interruptions. Did you notice the URL for this site? It's finally shadowsinmind.net instead of a .wordpress domain name. Who's A.M. Lynn? Let's make sure you know me. My byline for long narratives… Continue reading Settling Into a New Webspace