Over at Mythic Scribes, JC Farnham requested prompts to get his creative juices flowing. I provided him with:
Emerging from the wormhole, the flying saucer dodged the like-sized clay pigeon. A blast sounded from a shotgun.
I also told him he’d get bonus points if he used a genre other than scifi. Check out what he did with it at his blog.
Over at Forbes, Suw Charman-Anderson advises you “Don’t Publish that Book.” She makes a lot of good points about those interested in self publishing rushing to publish before their work is ready.
In the comments section of that post, I found a link to a discussion about “The Gate-keepers in Publishing Today.” The author, who apparently has published through traditional means, seems a tad dismissive toward self publishings, but it’s a good read.