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Author Jessica

Jessica has a B.A. with honors in English from the University of Iowa. She is TESOL-certified and has previous employment experience as a high school English teacher.

Read Before You Write (Part II)

23 Dec

But no, I get it, really. You are busy. Work piles up. Dinner won’t cook itself. You’re knitting an umpteenth Doctor Who scarf for your bestest friend. Errands need to be run, the dog needs to be walked, the kids need to be driven to and from soccer practice or violin recital, and the spouse has been making noises about wanting to feel like a human being worthy of attention. Life happens. You can’t always commit to a book or three. But there are other ways to get your literary fix: we have the technology. Welcome to the twenty-first century, in which a book doesn’t have to be a codex to be enjoyed. read more »

Read Before You Write (Part I)

22 Dec

Most of us have heard the cautionary phrase, “Look before you leap.”  It’s sound advice, and alliterative, to boot.  Here’s another one for ye: “Read before you write.” I’m not being funny here.  I mean it. Every now and then, people hear of rising stars in the literary world by clicking through the entertainment section […] read more »

Submitting Short Fiction to Literary Magazines

20 Oct

So you’ve written a short story and are looking to getting it published in a literary magazine. There are still a few steps you’ll want to take before you can see your name in print. read more »