Author: A.M. Rycroft

Dodging the Melting Clock
March 8, 2017 Writing Advice A.M. Rycroft

Time is fluid. This is the basic theory of Relativity. What can seem like hours to one person might seem like minutes to someone else. As a writer, however, you cannot allow time or distance to be fluid concepts within the plot. Consistency might involve establishing terminology and synchronizing timelines, as much as maintaining consistent

Dark Fiction Mood: Going Beyond the Stormy Night
February 8, 2017 Writing,Writing Advice A.M. Rycroft

The first thing to understand about dark fiction is what it is and what it isn’t. Dark fiction encompasses much more than just horror. It can be fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, and everything beyond and in between. What it isn’t is in-your-face, trying-to-shock-you fiction. Even when it skews to horror, dark fiction tends to fall

Publisher Notes: Please Don’t Send Me That
December 14, 2016 Writing Advice A.M. Rycroft

You know me as an author and a blogger, but I’m also a publisher. I’m part owner of Mighty Quill Books. We’re a small publisher focusing on fantasy, horror, and other dark fiction, based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Being a small publisher means keeping a closer connection to our authors, which I really like. But

Pros and Cons of Using IngramSpark
October 12, 2016 Writing Advice A.M. Rycroft

Every indie publishing platform has its good side and bad side. It’s important for you as an indie publisher to know what you’re getting into ahead of time. Last month, I covered what IngramSpark is. This month, I’m discussing the main benefits and drawbacks of this platform. The Pros to Using IngramSpark #1 Excellent Quality

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