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Traditional Novel Publishing
Publishing Week
So you've written a novel. You've edited, gotten beta readers, polished that sucker 'til it shines, and you're ready to enter the wide world of the publishing industry. Where do you start? First, here's what you DO need:
a finished manuscript. (Only non-fiction can be pitched before it's written.)
Here's what you DON'T need:
money. It's always free to submit novels to legit agents and editors. Reading fees for novels are scams.cover art or other illustrations. I advise writers not to commission art ahead of time, since the publisher will want a say in all images that go into the novel. It'd be a shame for your money to be wasted.publishing experience or a big following (known as a "platform.") Novels stand on merit alone! Meow :3 
Step 1: Pitch Materials
1.1: Query Letters
You need to write a query letter, sometimes called a pitch. These are 1-page letters that introduce your bo
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FFM Links - 14 July 2018
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 14.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And who better to flatter this month of all months than William Shakespeare, the Bard himself. We hope his tales inspire you, for you will need all the inspiration you can get to win the day the stars, fates and multi-headed entities have decreed.
VIVA!
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, themes, and the occasional challenge.
Once a week or thereabouts, we’ll be giving you a fiendishly difficult and unpleasant challenge; a task so evil, so heart-stoppingly awful that you’ll wonder how we can sleep at night. Today is one such day. 
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FFM Links - 13 July 2018
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 13.
How fortunate on this marvelous Friday the 13th you do not have a challenge! However, this day is not without its fair share of eerie-ness. Other travelers whisper about today's optional theme in hushed tones. They are fearful of what may occur when they speak about Old Wives' Tales too loudly. Hydra's heads are equally bemused...
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, themes, and the occasional challenge.


Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 13 in the comments below.
There's a rumour swirling around aristocratic circles proclaiming if you write a story every day and complete&
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FFM18 15 - Tumbling Boulders
Once, in the ancient kingdom of Jagarre, there lived a small merchant family with two sons.  
The oldest son, Kant, spent his days with their father, learning the family business and becoming acquainted with the local farmers and merchants who would someday be his allies and partners.  He was well-known, and generally not deemed unlikable, but it was common knowledge that he lacked urgency.  His father’s business sense and work ethic had never been passed down to the boy, who had never been incentivized by need.
The younger, Yu, knew his father only as a phantom that appeared in the early morning and late evening and otherwise seemed to solely inhabit a realm of work, unless specifically summoned elsewhere by a great force of will.  Yu’s days were spent at home.  In the morning, he awoke before the sun to prepare the stove and draw water from the well.  He collected eggs from the roc-house, milked the moongoats, and gathered herbs and spices fr
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FFM Links - 5 July 2018
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 5.
Welcome, welcome, welcome to your favorite Flash Fiction Spectacle--The TV Trope Challenge! Designed for it's aesthetic sleekness and penchant for hurling unsuspecting writers in a rabbit hole of dizzying proportions, this challenge also makes julienne fries. What's that you say? You're not hungry for fries? You're hungry for the freedom of PROSE? Well, as it so happens we are delighted to serve you with a veritable buffet of brain juice. Read on, lucky wordsmith, read on. 
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, themes, and the occasional challenge.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 5 in the comments below. If yo
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FFM Links - 7 July 2018
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 7.
You'd better pour yourself a stiff drink, because today's especially nasty challenge requires a very particular mix of ingredients.
We aren't certified professionals, but we have it on good authority that some of these elements could prove volatile under certain conditions. So for your own well-being we recommend that all participants wear the provided protective gear, and make careful note of the required measurements. One drop more or less could spell disaster! But get this particular mixture just right, and we promise, it will be well worth your while.
VIVA!
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, themes, and the occasio
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FFM Links - 12 July 2018
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 12.
You've come across a fallen knight, a sword protruding from his chest. He beckons you to come closer to hear his parting words. He whispers them to you before taking his last breath. Two cartoonish "X's" cover his eyes as he dies, predictably. What more could you expect from today's T.V. Trope Challenge?
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, themes, and the occasional challenge.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 12 in the comments below. If you manage to complete today's Challenge, kindly let us know by declaring “Challenge” in your comment as well.
If you write a stor
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2018 FFM Day 12: Paint the Sky Red
Many will accuse me of willing complicity because, despite being in close counsel with her, I was unable to stop her design. This is both true and untrue.
Countless times, I urged her to consider different alternatives or at least to reconsider the execution of her intention. Yet Nia always knew her own mind too well, and ever possessed the ability to draw people into her vision. Furthermore, a part of me understood that within our constraints, there were few, if any, other alternatives.
I often ended our conversations by saying it would become hers to paint the sky red if she did not cease her course. One evening as we walked along the balcony to the throne room, instead of smiling wryly and bidding me goodnight, Nia stopped and looked out to the red dusking sky. She asked me if I knew the true origin of the idiom.
When our children are young, they are told the tale of how the Stars punished the Sun for his selfishness by splitting him unevenly, and forcing each part to separate ends
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FFM 2018: The Trap
Wade hadn’t done much in his life that he could be proud of. He had been vain, and prideful, and had taken credit where credit was not due. He’d lied, cheated, bribed, and swindled. And all for what? He was just sorry it had taken him so long to see the truth.
Sitting there in the dirt beside the church, holding his guts in one hand and a bundle of fuses in the other, Wade was struck by the bitter irony of it all. He’d spent his whole life pretending to be something he wasn’t, and now that everything he longed for was finally within his grasp he was preparing to let it all go.
Roe and the rest of the townsfolk would be long gone by now, through the hills and on their way to safety, or so he hoped. For mostly selfish reasons he didn’t want her to see what came next.
He’d never been much of a father to her. Gone too often, and for too long to make anything but the briefest of impressions. The only things he’d ever really given her was her passion
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FFM 12: Poetry Exchange
They were meeting together for the last time.
“I've brought you a gift,” George said, pulling a book out of a bag for Lars, a librarian robot.
“Oh, you shouldn't have,” Lars said, but his excitement was apparent. He took the book in his hand. “A collection of the great Emily Dickinson? Wonderful!”
“I'm glad you like it!”
“You don't have to leave, you know.” Lars touched George's cleaning attachment. “Wherever will I find a friend like you again?”
“No single robot or friendship is the same. So I don't think you'll be able to replace a friendship like ours. But that's okay. Just think – maybe I'll finally be able to achieve my dream!”
“Either that or die a horrible death,” Lars said.
“Even if I can write one poem before I die in battle, it'll be worth it.” George, as a janitor robot, wasn't programmed to be able to write poetry – even though he had a desperate desire to
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FFM Links - 11 July 2018
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 11.
You've created worlds, characters, dynamics. You've danced with gods, sipped tea with Death, and engaged in intellectual battle with the very Hydra that demands sacrifice. Or noodles. We love noodles, too.
You've discovered so much, we encourage you to see what else is out there waiting for a seasoned world traveler like yourself. Today's optional theme is First Contact. If it suits you, wind a tale of fancy that introduces inter-dimensional beings, travel or planets. You decide who contacts who, if you choose.
 
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, themes, and the occasional challenge.


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FFM Links - 10 July 2018
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 10.
Just when you think that the woods around you have cleared, you come across a denser patch. It seems that it is time for another challenge! Get out your hatchets and wrangle your talking animal sidekicks, and get ready to to make your way out of these woods with (probably!) all of your limbs intact.

Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, themes, and the occasional challenge.
Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 10 in the comments below. If you manage to complete today's Challenge, kindly let us know by declaring “Challenge” in your comment as well.
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FFM Links - 9 July 2018
Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 9.
The second week of Flash Fiction Month lies before you, and all this writing business is starting to take its toll. It's only been a week, yet already your sleep schedule, your social life, and your very sanity are beginning to unravel.
Your optional theme for today is collapse. Whether it's your own mind, a derelict building, society as a whole, or the very fabric of the universe - things are falling apart! So you'd better knuckle down and write something before it's too late. 
VIVA!
Instructions
Flash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, themes, and the occasional challenge.


Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for J
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Paw Bullet Orange (Outline) - F2U! by Drache-LehreMoonlight Shadow:In this re-envisioning of an old (completed) work, fan character Karma Koopa, a yoshi-koopa hybrid, longs to have a friend who accepts her for who she is. In this simple tale of friendship, Karma's wild adventure may lead her to more than she bargained for!

Next Update: Friday, June 29th, 2018


Moonlight Shadow (2015): Chapter One by Teela-Y Moonlight Shadow (2015): Chapter Two by Teela-Y Moonlight Shadow (2015): Chapter Three by Teela-Y Moonlight Shadow (2015): Chapter Four by Teela-Y Moonlight Shadow (2015): Chapter Five by Teela-Y Moonlight Shadow (2015): Chapter 6 by Teela-Y Moonlight Shadow (2015): Chapter Seven by Teela-Y Moonlight Shadow (2015): Chapter Eight by Teela-Y Moonlight Shadow (2015): Chapter Nine by Teela-Y Moonlight Shadow (2015) Chapter Ten by Teela-Y

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One cup of water, two plants. Drawing and writing. I chose the latter, but I love the former.

If I'm not a lover and I'm not a fighter, does that make me nothing?

These are the kinds of questions I wrestle with. I write to solve them. I draw to check my work.

Thanks for stopping by~
Interests
"They'll tell you I don't care anymore,
and I hope you'll know that's a lie...
'Cause I found what I have been waiting for,
but to get there means crossing a line.

[...] I got demons inside me,
so I'm faced with a choice:
either try to ignore them,
or I give them a voice."
- "Crossing a Line," by Mike Shinoda

Hi everyone,


  1. I haven't said much since my November 2017 post "Renewing My Writing Vows & Other Updates," so I thought I might take an opportunity to say a few things of interest to my following. I know you haven't seen the output you'd expect from someone trying to be a published author. Perhaps you feel like you haven't seen any posts at all other than my comic, so from the outside, it may not seem like I'm working to be writer you and I both know I'm capable of being. You haven't seen the effort or the passion, the fruit nor the labor that perhaps you knew me for once upon a Lemmy's Land (which often feels so long, but no so long ago). Despite the lack of posting here, I have actually been writing and developing my skills, and I have a large piece to share with you today, as well as some information on what's forthcoming.

  2. Regardless if you knew me over a decade ago at Lemmy's Land, or you are new to me and my artistic journey, welcome. I did want to take a moment to thank my long time readers and friends, and even people who just pop by to ask if I've written anything; that keeps me going. A huge shout out to my friend BluewindI deeply appreciate the extent that you've helped me with my current original novella, and the extent you've gone to keep my muse from starving. Words alone hint at the depths of appreciation I have for you; I hope to see you again at this summer's end! 

  3. Now on to what most of you are probably here for:

Writing & Art Updates:


  • Paw Print (Light Blue) - F2U! 1) My Completed Master's Thesis: A Videogame Screenplay Script

First, I have a link for you to my completed Master's Thesis, a video game screenplay script about a world that I spent a decade creating (a world in which this DeviantArt Journal skin, which I've had for a long while now, is actually based off of, haha...).

Here's a brief synopsis of it, for flavor's sake:

Synopsis: Fantissity is a tale centered on an aspiring cartographer named Teela, a young woman who longs to leave the confining walls of her village. In this adventure, The Player becomes Teela to map out the world, cleanse large monsters of their tainted energy, and discover powerful magic. The Goddess has been sealed away, and Teela and her adventuring party believe that breaking the seals of four temples will bring her back so that she can fix the evil that is beginning to overtake the realm.

I'd recommend jumping to page eight to get straight into the story, but if you're interested in the academic thought processes behind the script, you're welcome to read the foreword and whatnot. If you have any comments about the piece, you are welcome to leave them here or to send me a personal note. I always appreciate hearing your thoughts and reactions—they inspire me! :) (Smile) So thanks for that.

Here's the link (yes, it's free! Just download the .pdf on the right from my University's Library): thekeep.eiu.edu/cgi/viewconten…


  • Paw Print (Light Blue) - F2U! 2) Original Works: A Novella & Poetry

My goal this summer is to send out at least one short story for consideration of publication. I haven't submitted anything in years because I was working on my craft. I've been spending time reading all the literature I didn't have time for over the past three years. If you're interested in hearing about the books I've been reading, let me know and maybe I'll make a post. Otherwise, I am working on a novella, and because I have aims to get that published, I can't share a lot of that online until I figure out what the publication future for this piece is going to look like. 

Synopsis of Novella: Maggie receives a Tibetan journal from her father, a journal full of sumi-ink illustrations that are resistant to almost all the mediums she attempts to use to color them... when she tries water-colored paints, however, something extraordinary happens.

While the novella won't be posted to DA, you can stay tuned for some upcoming poems I've been working on.

  • Paw Print (Light Blue) - F2U! 3) Fan Fiction & Fan Art

Forthcoming is a collaborative comic with MugiMikey (co-creator of Dino Dynamic) about the koopalings and Luigi. I can't say more at this point because I am still story-boarding the entirety of the work, but I am certain that it is something both longtime friends and fans of Lemmy's Land and any fan of the Super Mario franchise will enjoy. ;) (Wink) I'll share more with you when it's ready. Otherwise, some of my long-time readers have expressed an interest in seeing me explore more of my vision of the Marioverse (such as completing old pieces like "An Outsider's Tale,"  and "Music Will Die," or writing new pieces entirely) as opposed to re-writing old works (like "Melodies Forever.") The lot of you have spoken! :) (Smile) So it shall be. I will not re-write "Melodies Forever," and will instead explore different directions of the Marioverse. More to follow! For the rest of this week, I will be posting the remainder of the "Moonlight Shadow" re-envisioning, and after that, we will see where the tide shall take us.

More than anything, I am working on my consistencyI write nearly everyday now, and surely something is bound to come of it. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."

Thanks for reading,                                            

Paw Print (Light Blue) - F2U! ~ Teela/ Alex                        




  • Listening to: Every Breaking Wave - U2
  • Reading: American Gods - Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Game of Thrones S3
  • Playing: Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia
  • Eating: A Proper Breakfast of Eggs, Fruit, and Bacon!
  • Drinking: Water, water, everywhere

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I am very honored to say that I received my first Daily Deviation on my flash fiction piece "Soulful Brewing, Filled With Spirits," and I am still reeling from the excitement. Truth is, it was always a long time goal of mine. I am going to keep writing! Best wishes. <3

You can read the piece here: www.deviantart.com/teela-y/art…
I will be participating in Flash Fiction Month throughout July! :) So expect to see small stories from me (1,000 words or less!) every day. I'll see you in your notifications! ^__^
Who are some of your favorite Super Mario villains these days? :)  Asking for a friend... ;P
Happy Tuesday! Getting ready to upload some poems and start storyboarding that Koopaling comic I mentioned in my latest journal entry.

Are you getting "Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu" or "Pokemon: Let's Go Eevee"? 

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3 deviants said "Pokemon: Let's Go Eevee"
43%
3 deviants said Neither; I'm not really interested.
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1 deviant said "Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu"

Thanks, Isha~!



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