They Shoot Gender-Nonspecific Pronouns, Don’t They?

Consider this sentence: A good writer must befriend his local bartender. (This is where Leah will remind us that my opinions don’t represent the company.) Seriously, sentences like this one are heavy with the potential for offense because they either include those who do not wish to be included (the good writer who doesn’t drink) Read more about They Shoot Gender-Nonspecific Pronouns, Don’t They?[…]

Audio chat with debut novelist Elvy Howard

About a month ago I sat down with Edward Allen author Elvy Howard, in her lovely Virginia home, to talk about her new (debut) release, “Love on a Half Shell.” “Love on a Half Shell” tells the story of thirty-something Rae Green (single, no children) who is called one night to take custody of her Read more about Audio chat with debut novelist Elvy Howard[…]

Using Your Words: Growth and Maintenance of the Writer’s Vocabulary

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” — Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride I see a disturbing trend rising in the new world of publishing. I see lots of writers who could use a vocabulary boost. This manifests itself in a couple of ways: either writers Read more about Using Your Words: Growth and Maintenance of the Writer’s Vocabulary[…]

Ask the Editor – Alicia Dean

The editing process seems mysterious to those who have never been through it. What would a first-time author expect if you were editing his/her manuscript? I offer suggestions on how to improve a manuscript overall, things like weak character motivation, unlikely scenarios, inconsistencies, awkwardly worded sentences, head hopping, areas needing clarification, telling instead of showing, Read more about Ask the Editor – Alicia Dean[…]