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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...

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Raising Your Voice at Your Readers

People are familiar with the concept of tone of voice. Every story also has a tone, and the establishment and maintenance of a consistent tone in a work is important for its success. Imagine a happy-go-lucky kind of story that ends with the horrific and gory slaughter of all of the beloved characters with only...

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Your Attitude Via Subtext

“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.” – Stephen Covey There have been many conversations about whether authors should share their political views, particularly in the past few years. One of the things that bothers me about even raising the...

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Selecting a Publisher

Authors have a lot of things to consider when deciding on the right path for their book. There is a lot of conditioning for authors to pursue an agent, who can represent their work and shop it to large publishing houses. After all, bigger is always better, right? That isn’t necessarily the case, and there...

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How Do You Present Yourself?

This week, thousands of writers are hoping to have an opportunity to present their work to agents and editors following #PitMad. Others are already sending pitches for non-fiction articles or submitting short stories. Each writer should read over their material, check how they spell the agent or editor’s name and double-check the list for what’s...

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Plot Analysis

Patterns 1+2 1+2+3 1+2+3+4 1+2+3+4+____ Red blue red blue yellow red blue red blue yellow green ____ blue You’ve already filled in the blanks in your mind, haven’t you? That’s because we recognize patterns. And, whether we’re willing to admit it or not, we like structure. Everyone appreciates things that are reliably consistent. We appreciate...

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We’re Closed

We are temporarily closing to new short fiction submissions. Any stories received after 8 a.m. Eastern Monday August 12 will not be considered during this review period. Why? We have been amazed at the response since starting Bronzeville Bee, and have had many impressive story submissions during the past few months. As of penning this...

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Unforgettable Stories

When reviewing manuscripts and short stories I ask myself some questions. One of those questions has to do with impact. Is it memorable? If I set a book, manuscript, or short story aside for a few weeks and can’t remember what it’s about, chances are it either hasn’t gotten to the point where it has...