Author Archives: Shay Goodman



Shay Goodman

in Articles, On Writing

The Newly Evolved Version of the Mary Sue

Today, we are going to talk about the evolving nature of the much beloved loathed character staple, the Mary Sue. So what is a Mary Sue exactly? There are several definitions of a Mary Sue and even several versions of a Mary Sue. She’s a character of many faces. A Mary Sue can be anything from an idealized and innocent yet sexy version a female (sometimes...

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20 Jan 2014
in Articles

Contract Blindness

They want you! They really want you, an unrepresented indie author. And that’s great. But the question is do you want them, too? There is nothing more thrilling than finding out that a publisher wants to sign your book. You’ve waited on tenterhooks for countless days for that call back—the request for your full manuscript. And then it comes. Bring on the happy dance, seriously....

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15 Jan 2014
in Articles, On Editing

5 Things You Should Ask Your Potential Editor

In today’s quick tip, we are discussing five questions that you should ask any editor you are considering hiring and the reasons why you should ask these questions. #1 What style manual and dictionary do you use? If your potential editor cannot tell you what style guide and dictionary they use, go elsewhere. The standard style guide for publishing and business is the Chicago Manual...

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07 Jan 2014
in Articles, On Editing, Special

What to Expect When Editing: Before the Edit

So you want to have your book edited. Sounds simple, right? You just find someone and they edit it. Well, it actually involves a bit more than this. Regardless of whether you go with an editing service or a freelance editor, there are certain steps that are common. The Divas decided that we wanted to write a series of articles that would give some guidelines for...

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03 Jan 2014
in Recs

Divas Rec: Nothing Wrong with “Hopefully” as a Modal Adjunct

English is an evolving language and at times it evolves in such a way that things which are grammatically incorrect become acceptable. Using “hopefully” as a modal adjunct is one of those things. Today’s Diva recommendation is an article posted on Daily Writing Tips that covers this very subject. We invite you to give it a read and share your thoughts. Hopefully, you will find...

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02 Jan 2014
in Special

Twelve Days of Christmas: Inspirational Music

Merry Christmas! This week the Divas are taking their editing caps off and getting into the Christmas spirit instead. Each day this week we will have a Christmas themed post of twelve things for each day of this holiday season. In today’s post, Shay is sharing twelve of her favorite Christmas songs. Enjoy! #1 O Come, Emmanuel by The Piano Guys #2 God Rest Ye...

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23 Dec 2013
in Articles, On Writing

When an Error Isn’t an Error

We’ve all seen the following review: the editing in this story was terrible. When I read these types of reviews, I often wonder just what part of the editing was supposedly bad. Was it the substance of the story that was badly edited? Was the story a nightmare of grammatical issues? Was the story overrun with typos or formatting errors? Or were there issues with...

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16 Dec 2013
in Articles, Special

Remembering Those We’ve Lost in 2013

Authors Who Died in 2013   This year has been a difficult one. We have lost many wonderful authors whose contributions to the literary world will be sincerely missed. In today’s article we are remembering the authors who died in 2013. They may have passed on from this life, but have left their words with us to be remembered and carried in our hearts forever....

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11 Dec 2013
in Articles, On Genre

Christian Fiction

Christian fiction. Or is it inspirational fiction? Or is it religious fiction? Or maybe evangelical fiction? Or are the four of these different? Well, that is a bit of a difficult question to answer. Inspirational is a heading that can encompass all manner of religious fiction. Today we are talking about inspirational Christian fiction. But it can be referred to by any of the four...

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06 Dec 2013
in On Writing

Divas On Writing: What’s the Purpose of Your Book?

I had the fortune of coming across a most interesting TED Talk the other night. It was about finding your purpose in life, and it got me thinking about writing theory and understanding the purpose of one’s book. Today’s article is mainly intended for writers of fiction. The speaker in the TED talk, Adam Leipzig, offered his listeners five key questions that they must answer...

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25 Nov 2013
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