The Candle and Quill home page is now up and running. A wealth of information about the magazine and its content is now easily accessible. Simply click one of the links in the top Nav-bar and see everything the Candle and Quill has to offer. In addition, the Ruu McKinney website has gotten a full… Continue reading
Issue 05 of the Candle and Quill is now complete and pending release with smashwords.com. With the departure from Patreon, getting the Candle and Quill’s home page online is my main priority. This will require substantial work, and I’ll be taking March off to handle it and the rest of my backlog.
The Candle and Quill project will be leaving Patreon as of issue 04’s release. From this point forward, all current and future releases will be available via Smashwords.com as well as several other online retailers. This change comes after much thought, and has been prompted by several factors, as explained below.
Issue 04 of the Candle and Quill is done and ready to release. With the release of this new issue, there are several exciting short stories as well as full-length novel chapters to enjoy.
Issue 03 of the Candle and Quill is complete and ready for release. Current Patrons can expect to receive their copies within the next week, while non-patrons can look forward to it on Smashwords before the end of January. Becoming a patron is a great way to get advanced access to each new issue. If… Continue reading
Goodreads Giveaways have always been a useful tool for new and independent authors in need of exposure. I have used them several times in the past to promote my book “A Boy Named Zephyr“, and I had planned to use them to help promote the release of its upcoming sequel, “A Man Named Zephyr”. Those… Continue reading
Issue 02 of the Candle and Quill has just been completed. Patrons can expect to receive their copies around the first week of December. If you’re not already a Patron, you still have a couple of days, but time is running out. Issue 02 of the Candle and Quill continues the story of the Serpent’s… Continue reading
Issue 01 of the Candle and Quill is now complete and ready to ship. While it’s not too late to become a patron and nab yourself a copy of issue 01, time is running out!
Starting in October, I am embarking on a new project intended to expand both my writing, and my visibility. This project will be posted on Patreon, and takes the form of a small, monthly, writing collection.
While a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet, the same rarely holds true for a poorly named character. A name is not just an identifier. A meaningful name can give insight into not only the character’s role and personality, but also the culture of their world and their origins.
My wife and I recently paid a visit to a new bookstore in Russellville called Dog Ear Books. It is a nice place with a great atmosphere and a good selection. After only a few minutes inside however, I found myself looking at the countless books around me from a new author’s perspective. The experience… Continue reading
Editing a book is a difficult job, especially if you’re doing it yourself. No matter how closely you pay attention, and how sharply you focus, as the hundreds of pages go by, things slip through. Below are three tips for better editing that have been working well for me.