I’m John Cameron McClain, and I edit, publish, and write. My editing specialty is Speculative Fiction, though my clients include writers of memoirs, crime thrillers, and academic essays and theses, among other topics.
Author and Editor Updates
Sonya Ray has just released the fifth in her Three Crowns series. It’s called Legacy, and it’s the most action-packed yet!
Ponahakeola Press has just released its first anthology! In honor of Halloween, this year’s theme is ghosts.
The second in Ann Bakshis‘ post-apocalyptic Wasteland trilogy, Wasteland: Sirain Rises, is out now!
The third volume in Brandy Nacole’s Spiritual Discord series, Darkest Reaches, is available today!
Writer Brandy Nacole asked me to write about something scary. Since the movie Ouija is coming out soon, I decided to write about my own creepy experience with an Ouija board reading.
Writer Nicole Hill has provided space on her 31 Days of the Paranormal page to myself and some of my writers.
Lady N. asked me to write a guest post on my work in progress (Alliance). So I decided to spill the beans on all things vampire and zombie–who, as it turns out, are more closely related than you might expect. Head over to her ongoing 31 Days of the Paranormal page and have a read!
She has also spotlighted Marlene Wynn, author of Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen.
In addition, she spotlighted Brandy Nacole’s cover reveal for the third in her latest trilogy, Darkest Reaches.
Ponahakeola Press signs on another talented writer, Ann Bakshis! her first work is a Dystopian SF/Fantasy. Coolness. We’ve also signed on a talented proofreader. Writer Brandy Nacole adds “Ponahakeola Press Proofreader” to her resume!
Do you use two adjectives per noun? Then take care that the two adjectives aren’t variations on the same concept by playing my “As opposed to?” game.
Read ’em and learn. The complete list so far can be found here, but here are the latest:
-While reading Caleb Carr’s The Alienist, I came across successful use of the foreshadowing technique. While I tell my writers to avoid this technique (and here’s why), there are times it can be used. Learn when and why, in “Reading Notes: Foreshadowing.”
-Staccato sentences make for rocky reading.
Find out why, in “Fragmented. Totally.”
-Novel vs Screenplay, Round One and Round Two are up! Find out the difference between writing a novel and a screenplay. If you rely on a lot of dialogue, adverbs, and descriptions of physical actions in your novel, you need to fix that, seriously.