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Plot Analysis

Patterns 1+2 1+2+3 1+2+3+4 1+2+3+4+____ Red blue red blue yellow red blue red blue yellow green ____ blue You’ve already filled in the blanks in your mind, haven’t you? That’s because we recognize patterns. And, whether we’re willing to admit it or not, we like structure. Everyone appreciates things that are reliably consistent. We appreciate...

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We’re Closed

We are temporarily closing to new short fiction submissions. Any stories received after 8 a.m. Eastern Monday August 12 will not be considered during this review period. Why? We have been amazed at the response since starting Bronzeville Bee, and have had many impressive story submissions during the past few months. As of penning this...

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Unforgettable Stories

When reviewing manuscripts and short stories I ask myself some questions. One of those questions has to do with impact. Is it memorable? If I set a book, manuscript, or short story aside for a few weeks and can’t remember what it’s about, chances are it either hasn’t gotten to the point where it has...

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Submission Guidelines

I’ve been an active part of the fiction publishing community for 15 years now. I have navigated the submissions process as an author seeking a publisher and an agent. My first book came out with a small press that’s since disappeared, and I then signed with an agent and had three books published by Dorchester,...

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Great Writing

This series began because of a post on Twitter asking what writers thought were the most important aspects of a book. Our series looks at our picks for the three most important things in a story: compelling characters, original concepts, and great writing. The three components we’ve chosen to look at were presented in order...

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Original Concepts

Last week launched a short series of articles looking at the most important ingredients in a story. The series began with an exploration of compelling characters. This week, it continues with a look at another key component; original concepts. Hardcover books typically cost $26.99 U.S., while trade paperback editions are as much as $16.99. When...

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Compelling Characters

There are three core ingredients that take a work from average to exceptional: compelling characters, original concepts, excellent writing. A recent twitter poll with 725 votes ranked what mattered most in a book: new and unique ideas; quality of writing; timing of sub/pub; other. The poll is interesting and informative, although it lacks specific focus....

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Envisioned Writing

Envisioned writing refers to writing based on mentally playing out scenes. Before setting pen to paper, or pressing the keys, the writer thinks through the entire scene and imagines it. Perhaps you fantasized as a child about delivering a smart comeback to a bully, thought about what it would be like to kiss the boy...

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Increasing Your Odds of #PitMad Success

Until March 7, 2019, I had only participated in #PitMad as a writer. Before participating as an editor I planned out my #PitMad day in advance, and some of my thinking was based on my experiences as a writer participant. I had no idea what was in store for me. At 8:05 am I went...