Featured Artist

Creative Collective: Julie Frayn

Today’s Creative Collective feature is for a very special artist: the homegrown, Canadian queen of saucy-literature-that-parents-might-slap-you-for-reading (not good parents–overprotective ones!): Julie Frayn. I feel she’s the perfect writer to feature for (yesterday’s) Canada Day; the diversity and richness of her writing represents our country so well. When considering how to describe her work–of which I’ve…

Past Artists

Creative Collective: Joshua Ezzell

Josh and I came into contact through Leo, who many of you know through the extraordinary visual art that he has created for my world. Together the three of us created the latest trailer for the series, and all of that flair, movement and life came solely from Joshua’s talents. There are many branches of…

Creative Collective: Simon J. Cambridge

Such a grand, literary name for a person who I feel is a genius of the written word. I don’t remember how, exactly, I first encountered Simon’s work. I believe it was while browsing for a new fantasy title to read on my Kindle. The simplicity and starkness of his covers caught my eye, then…

Creative Collective: George Chestak

An undertaking of mine this year has been to celebrate the milestone of completing the Feasts series with a very specific memento: a tattoo. I had Leo draft up an initial concept and brought it with me when visiting various tattoo parlors, putting down many a deposit that I may as well have burned, and…

Creative Collective: Leo Black

It is my absolute pleasure to present today’s artist; a man who’s work many of you already know so well…The one, and only: Leo Black. It would be a slight against him to simply recycle images of Leo’s previous, Geadhain-themed, works for today’s post (and I did a retrospective of his work on  my world…

Submission Guidelines

Once per month, I will dedicate an entire post and week-long Facebook advertorial to my over 6000 followers, to promoting someone who isn’t myself : )

I will accept physical (digital), musical or literary art; stuff related to the genres in which I work. If you’re a master of pointillism flower portraits, mine probably isn’t the best platform for submissions. Why do this? What’s my angle? There isn’t one. Just trying to be a nice person–novel idea, that. Anyway here’s a quick checklist before submissions:

  • Work should be clean and error free. Only send me your best. First impressions and all that. I won’t be editing or uploading revisions. What you send is what others see.
  • Work should be in the fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, fem-lit, suspense, paranormal romance (not erotica), epic genres.
  • Original artwork, comics, poetry, short stories around 10K words and under (not novellas), music are all acceptable submissions.
  • Digital art should be under 1MB in size for easy viewing. All files should be under 1MB, ideally. If you have something larger than my contact form prefers, touch base via this form and I’ll reply with an email to which you can send larger files–not listed publicly, on account of spam. 
  • Self-published works and (clean) first drafts are fine.
  • Only submit one creation for consideration.
  • Subject line: “Creative Collective”.
  • Please include a short bio, as well as all of your social media handles, so that my readers and others can share and connect.


And finally, as those artists among you hopefully know, dealing with rejection is part of the creative process. Because this is a personal space, with defined visitor tastes, I will choose the work that I feel will be most appealing to my readers. That’s not a judgment call on you–the artist–or the quality of your work. But curation ultimately comes down to taste. So if you’re new here, I’d suggest looking around, seeing what I like, what my readers like, and determining if your stuff is a good fit. If your creation is accepted, I will email you with a post date that you can share on social media.

Often rejection is simply not knowing your audience, and I want the artists who use this service–which is entirely free of charge and limited only by spots and demand–to feel encouraged, to grow roots and to climb that damnable wall even I’m still scrabbling up after four years. I don’t care if you pass me on that climb; another’s success shouldn’t define our own. We all share in the struggle. We need to work together, especially in this age, toward assisting others in that climb rather than shoving them down.

Take the plunge, and submit. All best for 2017.