Author Archives: Kelly Dunn

About Kelly Dunn

I am a writer who hopes to some day be a paid writer. I participated in NaNoWriMo in 2012 for the first time and won. I hope to make it a trend. I am currently editing my first novel. I am an avid reader that recently found a home within the Fantasy genre. I prefer to read epic fantasy, though I have dabbled in Urban Fiction and Sci-Fi. I find my writing tends to pull aspects from all of these genres. I like to take mythical creatures (no vampires or werewolfs yet) and place them in modern day settings. On a good day, I can create a pseudo-scientific reason for their existance.

Writer’s Resource: Editors

For authors considering self-publication, there are a lot of extra roles the author must fill that a traditional publisher provides.  Among them is editing.  Even if you are going the traditional publishing, route there is the debate of whether or not to use an editor before shopping for and agent or publisher.

SFWA provides a lengthy discussion on when to seek out an editor, what to look for in an editor, and what you will and won’t be getting when you hire an editor.   Even better, they provide a few links to well established editors.

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Forward Motion for Writers

Forward Motion for Writers

Forward Motion for Writers is a place where writers help other writers, all with the goal of getting published.

Everything, from the discussion boards to the classes, are free.

A couple years ago they added a section for the Indie publishing industry due to the changes in self-publication

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Submission Guidelines: Iowa Review

Iowa Review

The Iowa Review, run by the writing and literature departments at the University of Iowa publishes three times a year.

Contest submissions are accepted in January, all other submissions from September through November.

The Iowa Review accepts simultaneous submissions.

Submissions are accepted online for a fee or through snail mail.

Response time is one to four months.

Iowa Review pays eight cents per word, one hundred dollars minimum

October Quote Week #5

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” – Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Writer’s Resource: Word Count Spreadsheets

Now that you have your tools to motivate you to write, here are some options to keep track of how many words you write a day. Each offers a different layout

Jamie Raintree – It looks like an excel spreadsheet, but you have to email her to get a copy.

Keith Dumble – The Amazing Mechanical Wordcount Tracker, this is for Google Drive users only.

Justin McLachlan – an excel spreadsheet for download that changes colors as you progress

Sprint Shack – another excel spreadsheet

Jenny Trout – excel done up by week

Nerds and Nomsense – a guide on how to make your own spreadsheet

Finally, the previously mention Svenja Gosen

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

Submission Guidelines: Litro

Litro

Litro is a print and online publication based out of London.

They accept simultaneous submissions, but not multiple.

Litro asks for two weeks to three months response time.

The print publication is themed based, the online publication is not, both accept online submissions only.

Litro does not mention payment for publication.

Writer’s Resource: Word Count Applications

With NaNo fast approaching, here are a few options to help encourage achieving the daily word count goal.

Write or Die – this offers the carrot and stick options for writing, using pictures, sounds and colors based on how well the writing goes. Application charges fee for download.

750Words – based on the idea of writing three pages a day, the site offers rewards in the form of points and monthly contests. Site charges a fee after a free trial membership.

Written? Kitten! – operates on a reward system. Site shows a picture after so many words. Default is of kittens, but can be changed. Use is free.

ilys – does not allow the writer to edit until the world goal is reached.  The writing box doesn’t even show the entire document, just the last letter type. Once the word count is reached then you can access the full piece and edit. Use is free.

Writeometer – an android app that supplies graphs for tracking word counts, rewards for achieving goals, and sends notifications to remind you to write. Download is free.

There is also the previously mentioned HabitRPG.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly