Writing Books/Guildelines


Are there guildlines for writting fictional horror stories for popular publishing

Hi Clifton,

Yes, most publishers have guidelines if you want to be published by their particular house. To find those guidelines, you go to their website and look for "Guidelines" or something like that. Also, you should study the structure of several different recent horror books so that you understand what marketing and editing departments in such publishing houses are looking for from new authors. There are a lot of classes on writing offered through writing organizations. I would definitely join some of these organizations and take some classes.

I hope this helps get you started. Good luck!

Ann Charles

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I can answer questions from unpublished fiction authors (especially those who write in the mystery and romance genres) regarding building name recognition and platforms PRIOR to landing a publishing contract.


I am co-owner of the website, 1stturningpoint.com, in which authors (published and unpublished) learn, share, and teach about promotion. I have been studying how to build name recognition and platforms for unpublished authors for almost three years. I read anything I can find on the subject, which isn't much for unpublished authors, and consistently seek more information on it. I am practicing what I preach and have given multiple workshops on the subject. I also have a regular column in multiple professional newsletters and have an article coming out in a national trade magazine regarding this subject.

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B.A. in English, with an emphasis in Creative Fiction. Ten plus years of writing fiction. Over two years of intense studying and learning about promotion and marketing, including attending several workshops on the subject. I also work with several other experts on the subject of fiction author promotion.

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