It’s all about the past tense part

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You know how it is. You are some place, maybe waiting in a long line, or at the car repair shop. You strike up a conversation with someone. You talk about the wait time, or the weather, or the food, or some safe topic. Inevitably, the conversation will get around to the business of what […]

Plot Twists Teaser

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Sometimes when I am reading the slush pile (my submission inbox for Literary Wanderlust), I come across a really good story idea but the story winds up being boring. Usually, it’s because the story does not contain any plot twists to pique my interest. What is a plot twist? A plot twist is an unexpected, […]

How to Query a Publisher

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Recently my press was mentioned in an author’s listing for publishers seeking submissions. It’s a great thing, truly. I am not complaining. The more submissions the better. The number of queries we received (so far) in the month of March is 75% more than the number of queries we receive in the month of February. […]

The Likability Factor

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Would you want to read about someone whom you didn’t particularly like? Granted, readers have different tastes but as a rule, we readers don’t want to spend our time reading about people we dislike or find annoying.

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! For my birthday this year, I am raising money for Food Bank of the Rockies. I would be grateful for any donations to this organization. Even $1 can make a difference. https://www.facebook.com/donate/2198626033693644/?fundraiser_source=e...

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays one and all! I Decided to take December off from posting to give myself a bit of breathing room on my task list. I wish each of you the lovely libation of your choice, warm socks, time to focus on your well-being, and the joy of working on all of your writing goals. […]