Madelaine Shaw-Wong

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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, www.creativeindie.com, 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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