If You Like It Then You Should Have Glued Some Gears On It | mishaburnett

Nat Russo Opinion, Publishing, Writers

I read this article from my friend Misha Burnett a few minutes ago and had to pass it along to my readers. Misha breaks down his dislike of the genre system and makes some brilliant points as to why it hurts more than helps. He’s going to be categorizing his fiction as Slipstream from now on, a word I admittedly have never heard in this context until tonight. I think the continued fracturing of genres is leading to a lot of unnecessary confusion.   Source: If You Like It Then You Should Have Glued Some Gears On It | mishaburnett

Cuisine a la Card

Nat Russo Opinion, Reviews 2 Comments

I’d like to take an unusual detour this week to discuss a unique new card game that I discovered several weeks ago. The game is called Cuisine a la Card and is being developed by InMotion Software by way of a Kickstarter campaign. But don’t let the word “Software” fool you! Cuisine a la Card is a competitive and unique deck building card game that you play on a tabletop.  If you’ve ever watched and enjoyed a cooking competition show (Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, Chopped, etc), then you owe it to yourself to take a serious look at this game. I’m going to dig a little deeper into the gameplay, show you some of the cards, and talk about …

Self-Published Book Awards

Nat Russo Opinion, Publishing 12 Comments

Based on the email I received this morning from Writer’s Digest, it’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about Christmas! I’m talking about the time of year to decide whether you’re entering the annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. I want to offer my perspective, since I participated in the 2014 award cycle. Frankly, I was rather disappointed with the result last year, and it wound up being a $100 (USD) experiment I won’t repeat. Full disclosure: I was not a finalist. However, that’s not my concern, and that’s not what’s driving me to share my experience. I assure you, the content of this article would be no different if I’d won the contest. All I want to do …

Violence Vs. Sex In American Culture

Nat Russo Art, Culture, Opinion 55 Comments

I hope you don’t mind me taking an uncharacteristic journey into self-indulgence for a moment. This will be short, I promise. The title of the article is probably far more lofty than it deserves. Earlier this evening on Facebook, I spotted the following image: This rustled my jimmies enough to share the image on my page with a bit of a rant. I know many of you will disagree with what I said, and that’s ok! No, really! It’s ok!

4 Common Attributes of Successful Writers

Nat Russo Opinion, Writing 28 Comments

If this is the first time you’re putting pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, in an effort to produce a poem, short story, novel, or even some other form of art, know that you’re going to doubt yourself. You’re going to struggle to “get it right”. You’re going to feel like a fish out of water. And you’re going to want to quit. Each of those things is a signpost on the road to success, because each is one of the four common attributes of successful writers.

Self-Publishing Vs. Traditional: My Decision

Nat Russo Opinion, Publishing 50 Comments

[UPDATED 05/10/2014] Those of you who have followed me here and on my other media outlets for some time will recall how adamant I’ve been about traditional publishing. Until the end of 2013 I was absolutely convinced I would be querying agents and publishers for an indefinite period of time, collecting rejection slips like they were going out of style. Not anymore. My thoughts on the subject have completely changed, and I’d like to tell you why.