with horror writer
to issue # 11!
theme this month is Promotion. Have you ever wondered what makes a
good web site for a writer? This is the issue to check out, with advice
from a number of people on web design tactics. In fact, web site promotion
seems to be the most popular form of self-promotion for writers.
usual, we have a number of other interesting articles, both in the advanced
writing (be sure to check out Damon Lord's article on swords), and tips specific
to writing different types of genre.
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find interesting in future issues.
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Horror Writer Teri Jacobs Interviewed by Shane P. Carr
I cannot understand how inspiration works, nor explain it.
I can only accept the mysterious force and allow my imagination to fly
wild with it.
Tips from Pros
By Mindy L. Klasky, Bruce Holland Rogers, and Vera Nazarian
of the members of the Publicity And Self-Promotion For Writers list offered a
few tips for Vision readers.
about an entire set of articles on web site design for authors?
in Your Web Design
By Jennifer Dunne
you're a working author, you need a web site.
In today's Internet-based society, where research is equated with typing
keywords into a search engine, you can't afford not to have one.
But just as you'd never send a manuscript to an editor that was filled
with typos, on ragged paper stained with coffee, so too your web site acts as a
first impression to people who may never meet you.
Professional Web Site
By Linda Adams
You've just decided to put up a website to promote yourself
as a writer. Obviously, you want to
make it look the best you can, but you don't have a lot of web design
experience. What should you do?
and Visits 101:
The Myths and Realities of Website Statistics
By Linda Adams
You've just visited John Q. Author's site, and you see by his
hit counter that he's received 100,342 hits. Then you read on a message board that Sally Writer has gotten
200,000 hits. So many potential
readers are looking at their websites! And
then you look at your own writing website and wonder why it isn't doing as well.
Are you doing something wrong?
for Writers: What To Do and How
By Kim L. Cole
has a website. Each new movie,
months before it premieres, is granted an extensive website. Software companies have websites, as do fast food
restaurants, museums, and every Tom, Dick, and Harry.
You're a writer. Do you
really need a website? That's just
one of many questions that face writers in a cyber-filled world.
Your Web Site to Search Engines
By Bethanny Davis
you want to get traffic to your web site, you need to get it listed in search
engines. Not all search engines are created equal, however. There are hundreds
of search engines out there, but you don't need to worry about all of them.
By Emory Hackman
You hold your full-length fiction manuscript in your hand.
There is a blinding flash. Your
job just changed from writing your manuscript to marketing your book.
Ebooks By Lazette Gifford
and other financial backing aside, authors who have been published by the
well-known print houses have one big advantage over ebook published authors: bookstores.
People gather in bookstores, look at books, and buy them. Without a
central "store" for electronic published works, they buying process
becomes the equivalent of sending readers wandering from publisher to publisher
and buying directly from the factory.
Edge Mediæval Technology By
Damon m. Lord
of the greatest problems in fantasy or historical novels is accurate weaponry. A
knight with a sword may very well be quite appealing, but the fact remains that
the first weapon of choice might not have been the sword. Here’s a rundown of
some of the various weapons that would have been available to the armies in Mediæval
times, a period which is often used as a source for creating fantasy worlds.
a Revision Rut? Try 52 Index Card Pickup
By Carol J. Stephenson
One of the hardest tasks a writer can face is the
revision letter. Here she has a completed manuscript, and <gasp> the
editor needs changes before she'll buy. The required tinkering can range
from Band-Aid to Demolition Derby.
Does Your Character's Body Say?
By James Francis
writers and readers, we all recognize dialogue because whatever a character
speaks is put into quotes. But using speech alone to convey what your character
means could leave your story thin. Your character's body language -- what she
says with gestures, body movement, and facial expression -- bolsters your prose
and gives weight to your story. More than sixty percent of communication in real
life is said to be non-verbal, either confirming or contradicting the verbal.
Self-Editing: Why It is a Good Thing
L. Ruben Willis
many years, I have had the displeasure of going through a singularly frustrating
experience – reading a published short story or novel and discovering a
glaring spelling or grammatical error. This frustration fueled my feeling
of “I can do better at this than they are – and they are published!”
This feeling was one of the reasons I turned from the role-playing hobby to a
more structured form of storytelling.
By Bob Billing
spent two years writing and then editing Run from the Stars. The
manuscript is well over six hundred pages, or one hundred and twenty thousand
words. In twenty-four months and around a million keystrokes I didn't have a
single crash or loss of data.
and Feeding of Fantasy Creatures
world is a critical part of creating your novel. World building, no matter how
you do it, will provide the information necessary for your dramatic needs. With
fantasy creatures, there is a certain dual quality to the information you need
to invent - first and foremost are the creatures themselves, and then comes how
your fictional societies view these creatures. As a starter, it is worth
revisiting a few articles that have appeared in prior issues of Vision.
The Line between Horror
and Dark Fantasy
I do not write horror,
nor do I even read much of it, but I am drawn to dark fantasy. Both of
these genres can have much the same type of scene -- dark alleys, creatures of
the night, necks ripped open by vampires, and any number of other ghoulish
Mystery & Suspense:
for Inspiration: Using Mystery's "Holy Trinity"
to Generate Ideas
Another article about where ideas come from? Not exactly. Among many
non-writers there seems to exist this notion that story ideas come out of
nowhere, like little blessings from fairies powdered with magic dust. I'd
like to counter that belief by encouraging mystery writers to make ideas rather
than get them.
was six years old when I first saw my name in print, on a two-line story in our
school magazine. I think it was then that my addiction to the written word
Pitching the Category Buzz Words
There I sat, with my heart in my throat,
trying to string together a coherent sentence. The Harlequin editor
politely waited. Somehow, I blurted out a gush of words. The editor
first frowned, then smiled. "Oh, you have a repressed memory
the Science in Your Science Fiction
by Karen J.H. Thistle
The good news about writing fiction is that you don't have to describe
the workings of the internal combustion engine every time one of your characters
wants to go for a drive. That is
also the good news about writing science fiction.
Young Adult &
The Moral Of The Story Is...
Once in the
not so long ago, children's books were seen as little more than mini-morality
plays, a vehicle to present a lesson or teach a moral, a learning experience
wrapped up in the guise of a story.
to Get an Idea
By Ernst-jan Heijnis
you've finished that last WIP, sat back and sighed in satisfaction,
congratulated yourself, had a private toast to your success. Maybe you've even
taken a little time off from writing. But at some point you're going to want to
get to work again. So you sit down at your desk, boot up your computer, or put
paper in your typewriter. Then it hits you. What are you going to work on?
And much more!