An inside view of the publishing industry from a foot soldier.
Column by Richard Thomas May 23, 2013 (2) comments
Here are some quick tips for growing your brand and enhancing your image.
Column by Richard Thomas May 14, 2013 (7) comments
Here are ten ways to evaluate fiction markets, so you can place your stories with confidence.
Column by Richard Thomas May 1, 2013 (8) comments
Why should you even bother with stories, novels are where it's at, right? No--walk before you can run.
Column by Richard Thomas April 24, 2013 (18) comments
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.
Column by Richard Thomas April 11, 2013 (6) comments
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Column by Richard Thomas April 2, 2013 (6) comments
Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.
Column by Richard Thomas March 11, 2013 (7) comments
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.
Column by Richard Thomas March 1, 2013 (15) comments
There needs to be a symbiosis between the journal and the author. Here are some ways that we can make that happen.
Column by Richard Thomas February 12, 2013 (3) comments
In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.
Column by Richard Thomas February 5, 2013 (5) comments
When you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.
Column by Richard Thomas January 14, 2013 (13) comments
What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?
Column by Richard Thomas January 3, 2013 (45) comments
No idea where to send your writing? Consult this list of the most common genre markets, as well as Richard's BIG LIST, five years in the making.
Column by Richard Thomas December 13, 2012 (10) comments
It's not easy to write a happy story that is not melodramatic, but here are some tips on how to get there.
Column by Richard Thomas December 4, 2012 (48) comments
This is a personal list of my favorite short stories, ten to be exact.
Column by Richard Thomas November 19, 2012 (18) comments
Here are ten authors you've probably never heard of, and they are absolutely killing it.
Column by Richard Thomas November 2, 2012 (9) comments
Whether it's during NaNoWriMo or on your own, free writing can help you channel your visions.
Column by Richard Thomas October 25, 2012 (9) comments
Setting is one of the most important aspects of your story; don't overlook it.
Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2012 (8) comments
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."
Column by Richard Thomas September 19, 2012 (8) comments
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
Column by Richard Thomas September 5, 2012 (11) comments
How do you write a good sex scene? By utilizing the right language, all five senses, and empathetic characters, you can seduce the reader into living the moment.
Column by Richard Thomas August 29, 2012 (11) comments
It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.
Column by Richard Thomas August 16, 2012 (3) comments
A beginning, a middle, and an end. Let's talk about the end. Make it resonate.
Column by Richard Thomas July 20, 2012 (10) comments
In this column, we talk about some of the ways you can promote your writing, for little or no money.
Column by Richard Thomas July 5, 2012 (10) comments
In this Storyville column I talk about the many different ways that I try to balance my writing and personal life.