Thursday, May 11, 2017

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Ben Wolf, Splickety Publishing Group

Tell us about Splickety Publishing Group.

Splickety Publishing Group is your source for high-quality flash fiction in a variety of genres. If you like to read but don't have time try Splickety's magazines. You can enjoy our stories, always 1,000 words or less, and get your flash fic fix without the time commitment of a novel.

We publish three flash fiction magazines quarterly (for a total of 12 issues per year): Havok Magazine (speculative fiction), Spark Magazine (romance fiction), and Splickety Magazine (YA with various subgenres). For more information (including submission guidelines), visit

What type of a writer are you hoping to meet with at the conference?

I'm hoping to meet writers who are experts in their genre or genres of choice who are either wanting to write some great flash fiction stories for our magazines or are looking to improve their craft by working one-on-one with a professional freelance editor. I love writers who take chances with their work, and flash fiction is one of the best genres for experimenting. I also have a special place in my heart for spec fic authors and action/adventure authors, so it's always a pleasure to meet with them as well.

How can someone best prepare for an appointment with you?

If you're coming to show me some of your awesome flash fiction, bring me the flash fiction piece itself and nothing else. I'm always happy to offer feedback on your writing if you have a sample for me to look at. Anyone looking to hire me as an editor should bring the piece they want edited (computer versions are preferred).

As a side note, anyone who primarily writes speculative fiction should come and chat with me so we can get to know each other. We weirdos need to stick together.

Give us a snapshot of your classes.

10 Steps to Better Time Management for Writers (and increase productivity amid stress)

How do you juggle a marriage, kids, a day job, volunteering at church, working with your critique group, and still have time to pursue a writing career? How do you manage the stress of so many things demanding your time and attention?

Did you know it's possible to use that stress to your advantage rather than having it weigh you down? Take this class and learn my ten-step process to get your rear end in the chair, improve your time and stress management, and enhance your writing productivity.

Writing Flash Fiction that Sells

In this class, I teach on Splickety's specialty: flash fiction, which I define as 1000 words or less. Attendees will learn what makes a flash fiction story great (elements like plot, structure, conflict, character development, etc.) and how to condense everything into such a small amount of words.

By the end of the presentation, attendees will know what it takes to write compelling flash fiction, will know where they can submit their fiction, and will hopefully do so as one step in their journey toward publication on a grander scale (i.e. a novel).

Your High Concept: Developing a Great Idea

Every story begins with a great idea, but how do you know whether your high concept is indeed great? Before you sit down to write, it’s important to have a grasp on what your high concept is. What will the book achieve? What will the book be about? What is the book’s theme? What happens throughout the course of the book? This class will address these questions and more.

Write-to-Publish meets June 14-17
in the Chicago area.

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