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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...

Review: House of Salt and Sorrows
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Review: House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrow is billed as a retelling of ’12 Dancing Princesses’, a Grimm fairy tale. Since I was unfamiliar with the original, which itself is a variation of fairy tales passed on to the Grimm brothers, I did not research the origin until after I finished the book.  House of Salt and Sorrow may...

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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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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...

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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....

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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...