Publishing Online vs. Literary Journals

Young writers need to use the internet to get their stuff out there. No question. I buy most of my books online and I’m sure others do too. So making a name for yourself online is key. Something to consider is publishing in literary journals. Literary journals usually don’t publish material that the author has put out online already. So where’s the young writer to go? Journals or online? Now, I’ve never submitted to a literary journal, but I plan to over the break. Submit pieces to literary journals that publish similar content (don’t submit a serial killer short story …

My Holiday Reading Recommendations

Here’s a short list of good books I’ve read recently that you may want to read or give to someone for the holidays. They’re all different lengths and genres, but they’re all really good. 1. Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski Bukowski somehow can be funny and serious at the same time. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s really short. It’s a coming-of-age story set in Depression-era Los Angeles. 2. The Stand by Stephen King (unabridged) This one’s massive, over 1000 pages, but it’s well worth it. A government manufactured superbug gets outs and kills …

“Girl in the Georgia Grass” Done!

It’s almost 200 pages. It’s disturbing, fast, and American. I finished the first draft of Girl in the Georgia Grass, my second novel, yesterday. When I got to the last line, it just felt right to end it there. It’s gonna take some heavy editing. I wrote the first third in first-person before I decided to make the story third-person. But I’ll take care of it in two months when I start editing. To keep the ritual and the ideas flowing, I’m gonna commit an hour a day to writing whatever comes to me. Once the semester ends, I’ll start editing Mad …

Second Novel Done (almost)

I feel it in my stomach. I’m about to wrap up my second novel, Girl in the Georgia Grass. I can’t believe it, but the story’s coming to an end. It’s the same feeling I had when I was about to finish Mad City. Feels like I’m gonna give birth, like something’s about to end. It’s like the story’s wrapping itself up. I just wish that I could put this book in front of you all now. But of course I need to edit it and that will take a few months. But I’m proud of what I’ve produced. Honestly, …

Horror Novel in Progress

I’ve got 55k words down on my current novel, Girl in the Georgia Grass. The first draft for Mad City was 65k words and 210 pages. I’m happy with my progress. Girl in the Georgia Grass began as a 9-page short story. I agonized over how to make it into a novel, but I just ran with the idea. I just sat down every day, shut out the world, and put in an hour or two of work. The novel follows a retiree that becomes a sinister old fuck. It creeps me out to see what I’ve come up with. …