Fables are beautiful because they express lifelong, time-honored wisdom in a manner so concise and clear that anyone can understand their message. The most famous collection of these pedagogical fantasies is Aesop’s Fables, which includes notable stories such as The Tortoise and The Hare. However, in the first century AD, the Roman fabulist Phaedrus himself compiled several books of fables, some of which he translated from Aesop’s Fables, others the product of his own mind.
I love writing stories about genuine individuals who live out their lives with purpose. These people increase my responsibility to give them proper recognition – like a portrait artist who captures the spirit, as well as the image of his subjects.
For many writers, knowing how to start a piece of fiction is the more daunting than the task of writing itself. Knowing your characters prior to writing can alleviate such stress. This article details how one might go about doing just that.
We all find ourselves with a lot of time on our hands at the moment. You might have decided you will use this time to finish that half-finished screenplay that’s been sitting on your desktop for a year. But how can you make this practical? What can you actually do to get the creative process started? Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks for kicking the creative process into gear.
The irony has a metallic taste, and it can make us feel as if we are being pitted against ourselves. Blame, shame, game; what’s your name? In a world obsessed with definitions and titles and appearances, who are we? Who are we when no one’s watching?
When I started my own publishing company, I had the chance to sit down with the owner of the largest science fiction publisher in Canada. We talked about a lot of the arcane details of publishing but most of our discussion was on how to drive sales. His strongest bit of advice was this: “You know what the best way is to sell your books? Have them on bookstore shelves.”
Many authors feel that the only “real” way to publish is to go through the well-established method of querying an agent, having your agent pitch to publishing houses, and then signing a deal where the author pays nothing and gets an advance from the publisher. This is called “traditional” publishing – or trade publishing for short. In this article I’d like to give some idea of what this industry really looks like from the inside.
One of the biggest challenges an author faces in today’s publishing landscape is just trying to understand what’s what. So what actually is what? This article is going to attempt to offer some clarity.
The centre of all publishing is the author. Without the author, there is no art form. There are no manuscripts for agents to pitch, no covers for publishers to design, no books for stores to sell. Without the author, the publishing ecosystem would not exist. So why is the author at the very bottom of the food chain?
Writing is a platform for me to be me, without disguise.