Madelaine Shaw-Wong



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When Writing is Hard

Posted on January 24, 2018 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Should I give up on writing? When writing is difficult it is certainly a temptation. Why should I waste hours fussing over a paragraph, or scene, or a bit of dialogue? I could spend the time in other pursuits – exercising, or reading great literature, or catching up my favourite television series. Instead, I am parked in front of my computer screen, obsessing over words.

I think of Paul Simon’s lyrics from Kathy’s Song, when I become discouraged by writing:


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Review of Quietus with BeatRoute Magazine

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so pleased that Quietus was reviewed by BeatRoute Magazine.

To read it go here:

Quietus e-book ready for pre-sale

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Quietus is available as an e-book. Pre-sale until November 14/17 when it goes live.

Mixing Genres. Dinosaur porn, really?

Posted on August 18, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I posed a question on Twitter recently: "Can someone define #speculativefiction? Come on I dare you."

The question was tongue in cheek and I received a couple of "likes" for it, but seriously people, what is speculative fiction? According to Wikipedia: "Speculative fiction is a broad category of narrative fiction that includes elements, settings and characters created out of imagination and speculation rather than based on reality and everyday life. It encompasses the genres...

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The Hidden Truth about Self-publishing

Posted on August 11, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I have found this writer, Derek Murphy,, helpful in exposing the truth about self-publishing. He tells it like it is. "The first book you write will probably be terrible because you're learning how to write." Most traditionally published authors don't earn out their advance, making less than 10% per book. Self-published authors have to learn everything from scratch. Most don't realize the amount of work involved. Some small presses make you pay for some of the services a...

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When Words Collide

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I am looking forward to being a part of When Words Collide to be held in Calgary, Alberta August 12, 13, 14, 2016.

What a great opportunity for writers and readers to meet, learn and share.

Predatory self-publishers

Posted on May 25, 2016 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (2)

I have spent the last two days researching possible publishers for my novel, Quietus. My head spins from the number of options open to me and it's more than a little scary.

I can send Quietus to traditional publishers who accept only about 1% of unsolicited manuscripts. Many don't take manuscripts at all unless you have an agent. (One needs an agent to be published and must be published before one can find an agent.) Sigh. If, by chance, I become ...

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What the Heck is an Author's Platform?

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Quietus, my dystopian fiction, is nearing completion.

My premise: A greedy, hardened doctor of eradication and elite member of a dictatorship confronts a woman who fights for the resistance.

This all-consuming project has taken up a huge chunk of my life over the last four years. The lives and deaths of my make-believe people, I’m ashamed to say, have sometimes take precedence over the real-life people in my life.

“Sorry kid...

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