Tag Archives: articles

New Release: Torrid Literature Journal – Vol. XV Untamed Creative Voices

Title: Torrid Literature Journal – Vol. XV Untamed Creative Voices

Price: $6.00

Purchase Link: http://amzn.com/0692482636

TLJ Cover V15


“Each rock is mute with the secrets of a lifetime…” – Michael Jerry Tupa

“You once said you saw my soul and found it beautiful…” – Justin Rose

“Love while you can—before you, too, are gone…” – James Sutton


TL Publishing Group starts off Volume XIV Untamed Creative Voices with a special interview that reveals the interior scope of a writer’s mind. Jim Landwehr, a writer from Waukesha, Wisconsin and author of Written Life, takes readers behind the scenes of his work as he discusses the sources of his inspiration, writing tips, and much more. This interview sets the atmosphere for the rest of the publication, which contains pages of vibrant and thought provoking literature written by writers from around the world.

Literature is about stylistic expression. The contributing writers in Volume XIV use their words to carefully construct beautiful images that tell unforgettable stories that imprint upon the senses. The readers will see, touch, and experience life through someone else’s eyes. Overall, Volume XIV will leave readers in awe of the artistic power that writers yield.

The Torrid Literature Journal also continues its creative regimen of providing readers with literary works that ponder, discuss, and refute interesting aspects of life. This publication has an aesthetic appeal that roars with artistic freedom. Lovers of literature and creative expression will come to appreciate the way this ongoing publication continues to find a place into the hearts and minds of its readers.

Contributors: Nathaniel Osborne; Barry Yeoman; Liza Marshtein; Kristiane Weeks; Paul Smith; Tom Montag; Mark Antony Rosi; Michael Jerry Tupa; Jeanne M Kachnij; Philip C. Kolin; Amber Allen; Holly Wells; Laura Berstein-Machlay; Sharon (TJ) Parks; Ryan Murphy; Richard Spilman; James Stoner; Phillip Farris; Robin Peroldo; Christina Mengis; Collen Farrelly; James Sutton; Justin Rose; Barbara McGaw; Roy Bentley; Jim Landwehr; Erren Geraud Kelly; Allison Grayhurst; Philip Goldberg; Douglas Cole; Brandon Madden; Victoria Griffin; Daniel Ruefman

Leave a comment

Filed under Journal


“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway

April 1st is here, which means Camp NaNoWriMo has officially started! Are you participating in the writing challenge this month? Our entire team at TL Publishing Group is cheering you on! You can do this!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got your entire novel figured out or (*gasp*), you’re a pantster and you’re planning to make your story up as you go.

Grab your favorite writing tool (pen and paper, tablet, laptop, etc.) and get started!

Here are some helpful tips to consider before you begin:

  1. Understand that this literary competition is about quantity not quality. The point is to finish and meet your word count goal. The word count goal and the thirty day deadline are meant to serve as motivators and accountability tools to help you complete a literary project.
  2. Camp buddies are around for a reason. You’re not alone in this competition. Thousands of writers around the world are where you are right now. Connect with the mates in your cabin.
  3. Don’t forget to read the pep talks given by the mentors. Remember to take advantage of the free resources available at Camp NaNoWriMo’s website.
  4. Plan to reward yourself throughout the month. Many people dream of writing a story but not many sit down to bring it to life. That alone deserves recognition.
  5. Take advantage of virtual and local write ins. Make plans to attend one of the write in sessions that are available. Get a group of friends together and start one of your own if necessary.
  6. Back up your work often.
  7. Encourage yourself. Yes there will be a great deal of motivation going on around you but I personally believe in the power of self-motivation. Encourage yourself often during the next thirty days. Remove negative statements from your vocabulary and speak life into your ability to get this story written.
  8. Create a writing routine. Today may be the first day of April, but it’s not too late to decide when and where you will write. Everyone has a unique routine that suits them. Find out what works for you. Do you prefer writing in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Whatever you decide, make sure you plan for word droughts, in the event that they may occur.
  9. Have fun!


Visit Camp NaNoWriMo for more information.

Alice Saunders, Editor

Follow me on Twitter: @LyricalTempest

www.torridliterature.com | Facebook | Twitter

www.tlpublishing.org | Facebook | Twitter

Leave a comment

Filed under Writing

Readers Are Counting On You

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” -E. L. Doctorow

You have a story inside of you. However, if you’re like most emerging writers you may feel a bit of fear when it comes to creating your first draft. Many people feel inundated by the entire literary process, which spans from writing and editing to publishing and marketing. However, before you can worry about the future steps, you have to get past phase one: writing your story.

Write one word and then another. Repeat this process. Before you know it, you will have a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, and eventually an entire story. You can do this. You can write a story. More importantly, you can tell your story in your own way.  Move past your inhibitions and tell your story the way you were always meant to.  Readers are counting on you.

I’m not saying writing is easy, but it is worth it. Our editor, Aisha McFadden, said it best: writing is like taking a trip to somewhere you’ve never been before.  There are a lot of curves and turns, but you end up exactly where you want to be.

Write. Write. Write.

Alice Saunders, Editor

Follow me on Twitter: @LyricalTempest

www.torridliterature.com | Facebook | Twitter

www.tlpublishing.org | Facebook | Twitter

Leave a comment

Filed under Writing, Writing Tips

Bloggers Wanted: TL Publishing Blog


We are looking for 3 bloggers who will create literary content for our blog. Successful candidates will be expected to create at least one post per month, although more is encouraged.

This position is unpaid, but bloggers will be listed on the Masthead section of our website. In addition, we will gladly provide letters of recommendation. This position can be fulfilled remotely.

This position is perfect for applicants who enjoy reading and writing blogs, are familiar with the literary community and publishing industry, and have good proofreading skills. Minimum length of participation is 6 months. Please take this into account before applying.


Produce one blog post per month on any of the following topics: TL Publishing news & updates, interviews, book releases and reviews, authors, writing, publishing, editing, and other topics that are of interest to the literary community.

Report directly to the managing editor and provide updates / progress reports as necessary.


Microsoft Word
Familiarity with WordPress (or willingness to learn)
Internet connectivity & email
Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
Copyedit skills are preferred

How to Apply:

Please send an email to jobs@tlpublishing.org with your cover letter and/or resume attached as a Microsoft Word or Adobe .pdf file.

Within your cover letter, please include the following information:

Your name and contact information

Links to your blog, website, and social media sites, if applicable

Links to or the text of at least two writing samples (required)

Also, please include a statement that answers the following questions:

1) Why do you want to join TL Publishing Group’s blog team?

2) What does your blogging / writing experience consist of?

In the subject line of your email please include your name and the title of the position you are applying for.

We will review your application and respond within a reasonable timeframe.

All positions can be fulfilled remotely unless otherwise noted.

Questions? Send an email to jobs@tlpublishing.org.


Leave a comment

Filed under Writing

Call For Writers & Articles

It’s that time again. We are looking for professional authors, poets, editors, and publishers to write articles that weigh in on the latest topics that affect the literary industry today. We are looking for articles for Volume IV of the Torrid Literature Journal. This journal will be made available to the public online and in print October 1, 2012. In the past, several extraordinary and diverse literary professionals (Valerie Douglas, Oneal Walters, C.S. Splitter, Tricia Kristufek) have blessed our readers by providing in depth articles on various topics. We look forward to working with more literary professionals in the future. If you are interested, please send an email to our editor, Alice Saunders, at asaunders@torridliterature.com.

Several topics of interest: 

1) Writing Your First Manuscript: Common Mistakes to Avoid

 2) How to market your book professionally and effectively

 3) Publishing Scams: Warnings Signs to Look Out For

 This list is not exclusive. If you have another topic you would like to write on, please send contact me. We can become an even bigger blessing when we work together.

To learn more about the Torrid Literature Journal, please visit our website:



Leave a comment

Filed under Journal, Submissions, Writing