Author Archives: Tim Dodge

Christmas Listening: ‘Merry Christmas From the Heartbreakers’ by Mur Lafferty

Mur writes a Christmas story every year for Escape Pod, but this one stands as my favorite, and I make a point of re-listening to it every December. Continue reading

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On Religion and Human Tragedy

Today, one preacher had a golden opportunity to reach out to his listeners and give them the warmth of God’s love. And he blew it. Continue reading

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How To Write a Great Book: It’s That Easy

If I can raise the stakes for my characters to a high enough point that readers will care, trace character arcs that change in reaction to the events of the story, and get the pacing right, I think I’ll produce a book worth reading. It’s that easy. Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: ‘Bloodroot’ by Amy Greene

This is a fine young writer whom we would all do well to emulate. Continue reading

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More on Query Letters

If you can’t clearly sum up the plot in a paragraph, your chances of getting the agent to ask for sample pages appear to be greatly reduced. Continue reading

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Special Halloween Episode: ‘The Raven’

Here’s a little spookesode, courtesy of one of my favorite characters and one of America’s greatest writers, Edgar Allan Poe Continue reading

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Book Trailer: ‘Toothless’ by J.P. Moore On Sale for Halloween!

Another podcast author goes to print. Continue reading

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Get Your Query Right

Gabrielle Harbowy, associate publisher for DMP and the person about to be deluged with queries from hopeful writers, has offered a helpful list of tips for how to write the queries. Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: ‘Horns’ by Joe Hill

I absolutely love the characters in this novel. Continue reading

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

I have always loved scary stories. Continue reading

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