Book Publishing Resources for Genre Fiction Writers

I once received a message from a friend of a friend who wanted some publishing advice. Their question was this: I finished writing an 85,000-word novel, and I am in the process of querying agents. I was just wondering if you have any tips or advice on how you got your agent or anything about…

Conferences, Workshops, Conventions, and Events for Utah Writers

I’m pleased to hear that my friends who attended LTUE had a wonderful experience and are hungry for more opportunities just like it, where they can sit in on writing panels or get workshop-style feedback. While LTUE is unique in many ways, there are other events where you can follow your favorite local authors on…

12 Basic Writing Tips

I once volunteered as an assistant editor at Leading Edge Magazine, a semi-professional, student-run science fiction and fantasy magazine at BYU. My job was to read what we called the submissions “slush pile,” providing the authors we reviewed both highlights and constructive criticism while also hunting for stories we thought would work well for the…

Tangible and Intangible Conflicts

I’ve noticed lately that my stories come out “right” (complete/satisfying/like they’re meaningful and I’m really pleased with them) when I braid together one each of two main kinds of conflicts: a “tangible conflict” or external conflict, like a quest for treasure, looking for an antidote to the poison, building a wall before the flesh-eating spiders…

Being LDS and Writing Horror

Facebook Banner from Monsters and Mormons anthology series. At LTUE I attended several panels all about the bright side, if you will, of writing horror, appealing in particular to LDS writers. The LDS church teaches us to pursue “anything virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy” (Article of Faith 1:13) and to “not attend, view,…

LTUE 2013 Highlights

It’s been a little over a week since I was immersed in the Life, the Universe, & Everything 31 writing symposium at the Provo Marriot Hotel. I went last year and was expecting I’d hear a lot of the same things again about how plots work or how to make your own book covers, etc.,…