Inspiration for OF GOLD AND FIRE: Setting and Slavery – Olive

As I know we will talk about in other posts, much of our inspiration comes from the places we’ve visited and the people we’ve met. I know we’re not unique in that; most writers/authors find inspiration from the world around them. There are even memes that support it… Central Asia There has been collectively a…

Twitter Pitch Contests (Take Two), #SFFpit, and What is #NA? – Olive

Our first foray into Twitter pitch contests yielded nothing. After not having received any  , we decided to try our hand again at another contest called #SFFpit. This time, happily we had better luck. The Tweets This contest’s rules were slightly different. First, you could tweet up to ten times. Whoa. Now, we didn’t. Frankly,…

The Quest to find the Perfect(ish) Editor – Olive

Thus far in our epic adventure in publishing, the task that has given me (personally) the most stress has been finding our perfect(ish) editor. I’ve learned a bit since I began, and here’s the roll up. Aristen has mentioned how there are some scammers out there: $500 WE HANDLE EVERYTHING! I wonder what kind of product would…

The Veteran – Olive

What do I mean a veteran? I mean that I served honorably in the military, but I also tend to mean a veteran as in I’ve experienced. I’ve experienced things that most never have and never will, and I’d like to keep it that way. Other people shouldn’t have to do what so few of us…

Twitter Pitch Contests, AKA BRUTALITY – Olive

We tout ourselves as pretty clever and very creative individuals, Aristen and I. But when sitting in front of my phone yesterday trying to write up micro-pitches on the Twitter Contest #PitMad, we were both stressing. Here’s the tweets we used: Yes, stressing so much that I used the wrong hashtag (it’s #pitmad not #pitchmad)….

What do you call world building while on the toilet? – Aristen

An infodump! /cue laughtrack “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going…