May 08 2012

Guest Authors Wanted

Published by at 5:01 pm under Guest Articles

If you’re interested in becoming a guest blogger for SN, I’m looking for writing advice for current and/or prospective authors (for example, on some element of writing craft, marketing/sales, promotions/publicity, agents, the publishing industry, or anything else many novelists and/or comic book writers would find helpful). Please send me a 1-2 sentence query at superheronation-at-gmail-dot-com.


As always, these articles do not need to be about superheroes specifically. 


Not sure what to write about? Here are some ideas on my board:

  • Anything on how to write child protagonists, particularly ones that are significantly younger than the target audience.
  • Anything about how to write superhero teams, particularly conflicts within the team. I think this friction between members was absolutely essential for the Avengers movie to work out as well as it did.
  • A list of common pitfalls for superheroines and possibly suggestions about how to avoid them.
  • Speaking of young protagonists, I’ve had a few writers request help on creating interesting schools in young adult works. If you wanted to take this in a more superhero-specific direction, how do you create a superhero academy without it coming across as a second-rate knockoff of Xavier’s academy?
  • I’m always looking for writers’ reviews of novels and movies, particularly ones about superheroes. Show us what worked, what could have been more effective and how, and anything else writers should take away from a particular story.
  • Search engine marketing tips for fiction authors–what sort of things can fiction authors do to build online traffic for their work?
  • Anything on action scenes, particularly superpowered fight scenes.
  • Anything about writing satisfying gun battles. Assume for a second that an author’s only exposure to firearms is through video games and/or Hollywood. Could you give him/her a list of things he should know about firearms?  Or maybe X things a competent shooter would do in real life that you wouldn’t see in many video games or movies  (E.g. TAKE COVER, DUMBASS) and/or vice versa (Wild West movies sometimes have shooters try to count how many rounds the enemy has left in a gun, but that’d be crazy in a modern setting because clip sizes vary).
  • A lot of superhero authors struggle with giving their characters interesting things to do outside of action. I think this is where 90% of horrible superhero romances come from. Two possibilities come to mind: 1) What are some possibilities besides romance? 2) Do you have any ideas on how to execute romances well, particularly with a superhero and/or superheroine involved?

8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Guest Authors Wanted”

  1. Carl Shinyamaon 08 May 2012 at 11:14 pm

    What if I have an idea for one article?

  2. B. McKenzieon 09 May 2012 at 12:05 am

    Please send me a 1-2 sentence query at superheronation-at-gmail-dot-com.

  3. Chase Folandon 09 May 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Okay so is their an age limit we have to be? I’m [deleted] years of age but I still love writing and this would be a great oppurtunity for me to practice my skills and also help people out, I’m a superhero nerd myself and have been sver since I was a kid, although I’ve never read the comics.

  4. B. McKenzieon 09 May 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I don’t take age into consideration. Especially given the public nature of the Internet, I’d rather not know.

  5. Anonymouson 10 May 2012 at 8:50 am

    … Ah, I have an idea for an article but it’s very specific. Should I query you anyway?

  6. B. McKenzieon 10 May 2012 at 9:41 am

    “I have an idea for an article but it’s very specific. Should I query you anyway?” Yes.

  7. crescon 11 May 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I enjoyed working with you on that dialog comparison and have more to say on the subject. I could do other comparisons as well as articles on building dialog from your character notes.

  8. B. McKenzieon 11 May 2012 at 10:33 pm

    An article on building dialogue from character notes sounds interesting. We could also do another dialogue comparison.

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