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Museprompt: Your Main Character, Their Crush, and a Bedroom

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Writing, Writing Prompt, Young Adult | 0 comments

Museprompt: Your Main Character, Their Crush, and a Bedroom

Some of my favorite scenes in any books are the ones that are oozing with sexual tension. Maybe the main character finally has a minute alone with her crush. Maybe two people share their first kiss. Maybe there’s an interrupted moment between two characters that you really want to see end up together. I hope you’ve had your coffee because today will be all about sexual tension. You’re welcome. Museprompt: Your main character, their crush, and a bedroom. Write a scene where your main character finds themselves in a bedroom...

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How to Find a Literary Agent

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Publishing, Query | 0 comments

How to Find a Literary Agent

And so it begins. The search for a literary agent. The person that can help forge you a path in publishing. The person who can make all of your dreams come true! The person who will be your own personal genie in a lamp, ready to grant your wishes. Right? Well, maybe. But it’s much more complicated than that. Many un-agented authors may see landing an agent like they’ve won big on a slot machine but really, it’s not. Publishing is a business. Agenting is a business. A for-profit business. And being an author, well...

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Museprompt: Your Main Character and Regret

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Writing, Writing Prompt | 0 comments

Museprompt: Your Main Character and Regret

Need a little prompting to get you jump-started for the weekend? Here’s a little writing prompt that could push your work-in-progress to the next level! I tried this out with my MC of my current project titled Ruby Rose and I learned A LOT about her as a person. I learned her fears, her limits, and tested her comfort levels. All because I took the time to write a scene involving my main character and regret. Try it out! Still stuck? Go peek at how to defeat writer’s block! You might learn something new.   What exactly did your character...

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The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror Reaches #1!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Horror, Pen and Muse news, The Dark Carnival, Writing | 2 comments

The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror Reaches #1!

A wonderful thing happened today. A wonderful, amazing, totally rockin’ thing… Let me give you a few hints… It involves clowns, things that eat people, and pure evil It involves ghosts and possessions It’s not something that should be read alone in the dark… That’s right! The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror became #1 on Amazon today in it’s category. We’ve been watching for weeks as it sat at #2, waiting patiently behind works like H.P. Lovecraft. And today we surpassed H.P. Lovecraft and...

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Are You The Next Muse?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Pen and Muse news | 0 comments

Are You The Next Muse?

Most of you heard the wonderful news that Muse Kristen is going to be a new Mom! She’ll be stepping away from Pen & Muse for a while to get things ready for a new little Muse! With that said, there are some (big) shoes to fill. I’m looking for an interim Muse. Someone who can help me keep Pen & Muse in tip top shape!     Are you the next Muse? The perfect Muse will contribute weekly blog posts (one minimum), help run our social media sites, help coordinate guest posters, and have a super strong desire to help...

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New Year, New Writing (Write Prompt)

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

New Year, New Writing (Write Prompt)

Happy New Year friends! It’s 2015 and you know what that means? You have a fresh start in life, writing, or anything else that you want to change. The secret and key? YOU. We are a huge fan of writing prompts and you can find them all over our site so we only thought it appropriate to start out the new year with a writing prompt. If you’ve already set your writing goals and would rather explore your characters, then feel free to use the 2nd writing prompt here. (Or heck, do both!) If you haven’t already set your writing...

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A Few Changes (Muse KJ’s Big News)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Pen and Muse news | 9 comments

A Few Changes (Muse KJ’s Big News)

When you hear about big news from a writer, what do you expect? A book deal? A self-publishing announcement? An agent announcement? Sorry to throw a curveball at you, but…I am a writer after all. It’s none of those. Guess again!   Pen & Muse turned two years old this October. TWO YEARS. Pen & Muse is officially a toddler. A lot of things have changed since we started – and there’s plans for more fun changes in the future. There’s also some biiiiiig changes for Muse KJ – which means a temporary...

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Happy (almost) New Year from the Muses!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Pen and Muse news, Writing | 1 comment

Happy (almost) New Year from the Muses!

It’s December 30th, 2014 and it’s weird to think that we’ve almost completed another year of our lives. This year was a huge year for Pen & Muse. We reached many writers looking for guidance, we met new friends, we continued our author services with PR and blog tours, and we even published our first horror anthology book Dark Carnival: A Horror Anthology which has been a best-seller in its category since it came out. Congratulations to all of our authors and illustrators! I mean, right now I’m looking at our...

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Author Spotlight: Chelsea Pitcher

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Author Spotlight: Chelsea Pitcher

When I think about my favorite writers, several people automatically pop into my head. JK Rowling, Julie Hutchings, and the fabulous Chelsea Pitcher. Even besides the amazing writing (which I’ll get to in a minute), Chelsea is fantastic, hilarious, and always ready to promote diverse books and reading. She’s insanely creative and what I call, a “do-er”. You know, someone who dreams things up and then makes it happen. In addition to being generally awesome, Chelsea IS a fab writer. She’s pours her heart out in her...

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Crowdfunding? Can This Work For Authors? By Kayleigh Webb

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Guest Post, Marketing and Branding, Publishing | 0 comments

Crowdfunding? Can This Work For Authors? By Kayleigh Webb

For those of you who don’t know crowdfunding is a relatively new business model that creative people of all types have been using to get their work out into the world. There are different ways to do this, including Kickstarter and the various other sites that use a similar format; Patreon; using a website; or mixing and matching the available options to create something that works for them. I’m a crowdfunded writer. Although it was an easy choice for me to make, because I readily admit that I am a control freak, it’s not...

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