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Challenges Editors Face in the Era of #ownvoices

The stats are clear: the majority of people who work in publishing, including editors, are white. When I first started out as an author, nobody questioned whether or not someone could write something. I had a series with three protagonists that was sold to a New York publisher. My protagonists? A woman, a man and...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Tribal Screams by Owl Goingback

There are a number of short stories gathered in this horror collection, and they cover a wide range of subject matter. Like the best horror stories, they offer a mix of catalysts, problems and outcomes, and they are all distinct and captivating. Whether you’re reading about a young man who is doing something foolish in...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children’s stories. They were better than that. They just were. Adult stories never made sense, and they were so slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets. Masonic, mythic secrets to adulthood. Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret...

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A Million Reasons for Rejections

There are a lot of different reasons why editors (or agents) decide to pass on a written work. Often, writers can glean from insights offered in personal rejections that address the specific reasons why the editor decided to pass on their submission. Providing personal rejections is time-consuming, however, and not all writers are receptive to...

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Dialogue Tags and Punctuation

One of the most common technical writing issues that appears in manuscripts is improper use of dialogue tags. This frequently coincides with incorrect punctuation for dialogue. Since most novels contain a significant amount of dialogue, this can represent hours of required editing to prepare a manuscript for publication. Learning how to properly present dialogue can...