Jot gets a mention from author, Susie Finkbeiner. Thanks for coming Susie! It was a pleasure having you there!

Susie Finkbeiner

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Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend the premier Jot Writers Mini-Conference. Four gentlemen (a writing group known as The Weaklings) planned, hosted, presented, and encouraged a whole bunch of Grand Rapids area writers. One evening, 15 minute sessions, no cost mini-conference. The idea was crazy. But it worked.

Andrew RogersJosh MoseyBob Evenhouse , and Matthew Landrum spoke about such things as Flash Fiction , 3 Things Publishers Like to See on Book Proposals, Novel Writing/Drafting , and Finding Your Material. At the conclusion of the evening, Josh…

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Josh Mosey

This Friday, I’ll be speaking at Jot: The GR Writers Mini-Conference on the topic of flash fiction. I’ve written about why writers should be writing flash fiction before, but I neglected one important reason: to get paid.

The following publications are all paying markets for flash fiction. Many of them pay 5 cents per word, which may not sound like a lot, but it adds up. If you are full of ideas and can craft a few stories a week with an average story length of 1,000 words per story, you could be making as much as some part-time jobs. True, all of your stories would need to be accepted in order for you to get paid, but those that aren’t accepted in one place can easily be submitted somewhere else.

The List:

  • 713 Flash ($, 713-1,000, monthly) publishes scifi, fantasy & horror. Issues are themed. – visit site
  • Abyss…

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Josh Mosey

jotThings are shaping up well for Jot. We have confirmed our lineup, and as soon as I get a chance, I’ll be updating the Jot site to reflect the changes. Until then, you get advance notice!

We’re still working on the exact times when each session will start, but here are the basics:

Andrew Rogers (Zondervan Marketing) – Book Proposals

Bob Evenhouse (Indie Author) – The Writing Life

Josh Mosey (Blogger) – Flash Fiction: A How-To

Matthew Landrum (Poetry Editor of Structo Magazine) – Eyes and Ears: Finding Your Material/Your Material Finding You.

Q & A with Chad R. Allen (Editorial Director of Baker Books) – Stay tuned for how to submit your questions.

We are super excited to have Chad Allen on board for the evening events. One thing that writers conference attendees hope to see is an editor from a major publishing house…

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A recent post from my main blog about Flash Fiction. I hope to see you there for my talk!

Josh Mosey

jot_eblast2In a couple of weeks, I’ll be speaking at Jot: The GR Writers Mini-Conference on the topic of flash fiction. If you haven’t heard the term before, flash fiction is simply very short stories. Think anywhere between two (2) and five hundred (500) words.

Flash fiction isn’t new, and short stories have always had a following. In fact, many well-known authors of acclaimed novels got their start in writing short stories for magazines. My favorite example for this transition is Kurt Vonnegut, author of classics like Slaughterhouse-Five and Timequake. But as time has replaced the short stories in magazines by ads and articles on how to improve your sex life, readership of short stories has become almost niche.

Now take the population that reads this niche and shrink it considerably. The folks that are left are the ones writing flash fiction. Now shrink that number considerably and you’ll…

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