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Some Places To Be – Indigenous History Month

In honor of Canada’s National Indigenous History Month, let’s look at some artists of note, as well as some pertinent stories affecting Indigenous Persons. Indigenous Authors Picked as Rising Stars Indigenous author Eden Robinson names 5 Indigenous authors to watch, and explains why Waubgeshig Rice, Alicia Elliott, Arielle Twist, Joshua Whitehead and Lindsay Nixon are poised to...


Some Places To Be – PRIDE

While #PitMad dominates Twitter today, those who aren’t participating (or who need to recoup afterwards) may appreciate some of these Pride-related posts and specials to check out online. Pride Looking for some LGBTQ books to read? Two hashtags – #RainbowRoarers and #roaring20sdebut – are being used by authors with LGBTQ books due out in 2020....


Increasing Your Odds of #PitMad Success

Until March 7, 2019, I had only participated in #PitMad as a writer. Before participating as an editor I planned out my #PitMad day in advance, and some of my thinking was based on my experiences as a writer participant. I had no idea what was in store for me. At 8:05 am I went...


To Prologue or Not To Prologue

Publishing trends have not favored prologues for some time. Writers who feel that a prologue is essential may opt to write one anyway and name it ‘Chapter 1’ while others still use the controversial ‘P’ word. Consideration #1: Is It Essential? Before including a prologue — no matter how it’s titled — ask whether or...


Cultural Appropriation: Tomorrow’s Introduction & Today’s Confession

A Headdress Where It Doesn’t Belong, is a direct, unflinching look at the harm caused by cultural appropriation. It confronts with truths some may find hard to hear, but cultural appropriation is a crucial topic of discussion in the art world. Any person considering crossing cultural lines in their writing needs to read that article....


Do #OwnVoices, ‘Write Your Truth’ and Concerns About Cultural Appropriation Mean Writers are Limited to Writing What They Know?

Write what you know. Write your truth. Avoid cultural appropriation. With editors and agents seeking #OwnVoices manuscripts, do these common exhortations combine as part of a publishing doctrine that limits everyone to sticking in their own lane and writing based solely on their identity and experience? In order to effectively evaluate these tips they must...