14 January 2020

New Associate Editor Chan

We've been busy working behind the scenes at Electric Spec. We have exciting news: a new Associate Editor! Huzzah!

Beth Chan grew up in a family of readers who frequently frustrated movie lovers by telling them "the book was better". She has a BA in Asian Studies and has studied Japanese and French. She has lived, worked, and traveled throughout the US and internationally and enjoys exploring different cultures through history, language, food, and art. She is an amateur artist specializing in whimsical portrait drawings of children

We're excited to have her on the team!
Welcome, Beth!

07 January 2020

Writing Resolutions

It's the beginning of a new year and a new decade. How exciting! Do you have any new writing resolutions? I touched on one last time, namely, to think about the interior lives of my characters more. Another writing-related resolution I have is to do a better job submitting my short stories in 2020.

Do I have any editing-related resolutions? Yes! We are already working hard behind the scenes at Electric Spec on the fabulous February 2020 issue. I announced a new associate editor, which is exciting. Consequently, we resolve to get back to authors a little more quickly moving forward.

The submission deadline for the next issue is coming up suprisingly quickly: Jan 15, 2020!
Resolve to

  • grab the reader
  • set the scene
  • include sensory details
  • not begin with the protagonist waking up
  • include speculative elements
  • follow the formatting and submitting guidelines
Resolve to get your story in before the deadline!
Good luck!

31 December 2019

Interior Life?

As the new year begins the Electric Spec editors are not immune to thinking about New Year's resolutions. Every year I resolve to try to become a better writer. In 2019 this quest led me into the influence of a university Creative Writing program. Consequently, a professor really made me think about characterization. Suffice it to say, every character you create should have multiple layers. There are the external layer(s) like occupation, what he/she/it looks like, etc. And then there are internal layers such as what they feel, hope, dream--and why. A main character should also have a hidden layer, one that is revealed to the reader and the character during the course of, and as a result of, the story.

One thing I haven't thought about much is: what is the interior life of my character? This can include elements such as: How do they choose to spend their time and why? What do they choose to talk about and why? What do want their life to be like in twenty years? What do they think of the world? What are their values? What are their thoughts?

Heck, for that matter, what is my interior life?
I'll be pondering some of these ideas as we begin a new decade.

Happy New Year!

17 December 2019

New Associate Editor

We've been busy working behind the scenes at Electric Spec. We have exciting news: a new Associate Editor! Huzzah!

Lauren Slawson is a world traveler who believes that sometimes the best vacation is a well-written book. She is a writer, reader, and editor, and before launching her own editorial business in 2018, she worked in the production and editorial departments at Sounds True Publishing for many years. She has worked with authors at every stage of success and enjoys helping them grow.

We're excited to have her on the team!
Welcome, Lauren!

03 December 2019

notable November issue

Woo hoo! We're still basking in the glow of the notable November 2019 issue of Electric Spec.
And how about that awesome cover art by Brian Malachy Quinn?

Thanks again to everyone who helped create the issue and to everyone who submitted! You all rock!

30 November 2019

November 30 issue out!

The awesome November 30, 2019 issue of Electric Spec is live! Woo hoo!

Thanks so much to all the authors! Thanks so much to the cover artist!

Thanks so much to all the Electric Spec staff.

And, especially, thanks so much to all the readers!

Woo hoo!