Featured in The Essence Ezine - November 2003
In my cyber travels as an aspiring writer I have come
across a lot of helpful resource sites. Some offer
practical techniques and sensible tips, while others
allow you inside the head of successful
wordsmiths. One of the most invaluable sites, in my
opinion, that has helped to shed some light on the often
mystifying literary world for me has been Fiction Factor.
The combined brainchild of writers Lee Masterson, Tina
Morgan and Ciara Grey, Fiction Factor offers some of the
essential elements necessary to boost your writing career.
Articles that cover every aspect of the progress from
querying to character development, useful writing site
links, market listings
theyre all there in a
neat little package thats pleasing to the eye and
soul, designed with the fiction writer in mind.
Tina, Ciara and I began Fiction Factor in a time
when there were no ezines dedicated solely to the craft
of fiction, shares Masterson. Almost all the
other writing ezines and magazines try to cater to
writers across quite a broad spectrum. We simply wanted
to cater to the fiction writing niche and be able to help
new writers learn about the world of publishing while
improving their writing at the same time.
Lee has also found that as Fiction Factor grows so does
her notoriety as a writer. An extra added bonus for her
labor of love.
With that idea in mind the trio set out on a journey to
build upon that vision. This first called for setting
aside several months just to plan the Websites
format, followed by a crash course in HTML and constant
research. Deciding what their readers wanted, what type
of content and topics would best be of interest to the
writers accessing their site were also important
Where possible, we try hard to make sure our
articles are suited for all fiction writers from
beginner to professional.
The success of Fiction Factor can be attributed to the
trios dedication and team effort. Tina and Lee
maintain the site in their spare time, Ciara helps with
supplying content. The contribution of each creator makes
sure Fiction Factor remains worth the effort for everyone
We are quite selective about the content we accept
for our readers. We try hard to focus on information that
is helpful and pertinent to the problems and obstacles
Topic ideas occasionally come from questions Lee receives
from her readers and at times has not only proven
instrumental for Fiction Factor readers. Lee, Tina and
Ciaras personal writing careers have benefited as
The more we research, the more small errors in our
own work starts to stand out. We are learning at the same
time so it becomes a compulsion to find even more
But even with its purpose intact and favorable
readership, operating Fiction Factor is not without its
obstacles. As the site grows so do its hosting needs and
expenses and finding ways to keep the ezine free to
readers can become a serious issue. Another obstacle is
time. With all three creators still holding down day
jobs it takes great balance to devote the right
amount of time that keeps Fiction Factor running like a
well oiled literary machine. Somehow they find that
balance and the end result is always spectacular.
For writers wishing to start their own literary ezine,
Lee offers this bit of advice:
Plan everything before you implement anything! It
is much easier to fix a mistake on one page than it is to
correct something that has been wrongly displayed on four
Have plenty of back-up content for those weeks when
time is not on your side.
Make sure you know where the responsibilities lie
for each person involved with the site. And lastly, have
Thank you ladies so much for allowing The Essence Ezine the opportunity to
spotlight you and your wonderful ezine. Much success to
you now and in the future!
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