Monday, September 16, 2013

Editorial Archives


Daydreaming    By OFW chief editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 28, 2013

We are a species of dreamers. I don’t know if other species dream, perhaps they do—Dill, my cat, jerks his paws and makes small noises at intervals and occasionally pees when napping—but I believe we are the only species capable of dreaming awake. In my opinion, daydreaming is the principal trait that singles out our species.

To daydream has a few synonyms; fantasize, invent, build castles in the air, let your imagination run riot, etc. These verbs and verbal phrases describe...more

Writing with Passion    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes    Publish Date: August 21, 2013

“The brain is the most important erogenous zone,” Miller wrote (no relation to our Renée). We would add that being in love is the most powerful aphrodisiac we know, and if the love is reciprocated… unusual as it is, we’re at a loss for the right words. But it must be earth shattering.

Yet, love in itself is not arousing; it can be tame, almost bucolic unless...more

Self-Publishers Versus Traditional Publishers: Can’t We All Just Get Along?    By OFW chief editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 14, 2013

 Much has been said, shouted, sneered and hissed among traditionally published authors and those who choose to self-publish their work. In writing groups and online workshops, self-published authors lament frequently about how snobby traditionally published authors are toward writers who choose to publish their own books.

It’s not snobbery. Yes, there is a bias, but until recently it’s been well-founded and understandable. For most authors this bias has never been issue of “I’ve published with a real publisher so my writing is better.” .....More

Who Do They Think You Are?    By OFW chief editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: July 31, 2013

Self-marketing is part of bookselling whether we like it or not. In today’s publishing world, the author that doesn’t put herself out there is the author that sells very few books. This new world of readers needing to interact with favorite authors has opened up a can of worms I’m sure many authors wish had been kept sealed. ...more