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Steven

My life has been pretty simple. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Advertising. I have spent about the last ten years in web development. In 1998, a friend of mine and I started a web design company we ran for three or four years before deciding to close it due to the demands of school. Since then, I stayed in the web working with various companies in Alabama. I worked for a brief period with Southern Progress, namely with Southern Living magazine and Health magazine, in their web departments. While there, I also wrote for Southern Living magazine, Health.com., and the company's internal newsletter. I write as much as I can. For the last five years, I have been working on my first novel. I am on the third revision now and hope to be finished with this draft by the end of the year. I also write short fiction, though not as frequently as I used to due to the time I spend on the novel. My goal is to have my novel published in the next three years. Other interests include: History (particularly medieval and ancient civlizations), Reading, Foreign Language (I currently speak Spanish but plan to learn as many as I can), Landscape Photography, the outdoors, sports (especially college football), and Travel.

Essential Norman Conquest

Essential Norman Conquest is a website dedicated to the events surrounding the Norman invasion of England in 1066. The site has a timeline, 3D battlefield maps, interactive content, an encyclopedia, related reading, and resource links.

Today in Medieval History

August 31, 1422: Death of Henry V, King of England On 10 June 1421, Henry sailed back to France for what would be his last military campaign. From July to August, Henry’s forces besieged and captured Dreux, thus relieving allied forces at Chartres. That October, his forces lay siege to… Read More »Today in Medieval History

Book Giveaway

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I’m giving away a free copy of Velva Jean Learns to Fly by Jennifer Niven, compliments of Plume. If you’re interested in entering your name in the drawing, just leave a comment on this post. Wednesday, August 24, will be the last day for new entries. I will select the… Read More »Book Giveaway

This week TV shows & schedule – Medieval History

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*Times are Eastern Time National Geographic Channel 8/17/2011 Knights Templar (9:00am – 10:00am) Some say this medieval order still exists — and still protects a mysterious treasure. The Holy Grail? Discover the true story behind these legendary warriors. Secrets of the Dark Arts (10:00am – 11:00am) Legend describes the Philosopher’s Stone as… Read More »This week TV shows & schedule – Medieval History

Query Letter Resources

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Below is a list of resources I’ve compiled for writing good query letters: How to write a query letter – writing.com How to write a query letter – Nathan Bransford Basic information on query letters – Folio Literary Management Guide to Literary Agents – Successful queries How to write a… Read More »Query Letter Resources

Will self-publishing hurt my chances of getting published traditionally?

Rachelle Gardner of the Wordserve Literary Group has an interesting post relating to self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Her answer to the question above is basically “no,” self-publishing will not necessarily hurt your chances of getting published traditionally. I have to agree with her. Self-publishing used to have a negative stigma to it, but… Read More »Will self-publishing hurt my chances of getting published traditionally?

Renaissance Spell

The site, Renaissance Spell, was brought to my attention by someone who emailed me. It’s a new informational site about the history of the times and culture of the Renaissance society. The site covers Renaissance society, culture, art, architecture, rulers, food, fashion, life, etc. Just thought I would pass this resource… Read More »Renaissance Spell