On Writing

Brand Name Dropping Are name brands necessary in fiction? Everyday name brands like Coke and Kleenex have made their way into all kinds of fiction, and most readers don’t blink an eye when one appears. The focus for today is the more exclusive name brands and their use in fiction. Generally speaking, they’re not necessary. Of course, if the name brand is pivotal to your...

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On Genre / Special

A Protestant, two Catholics and a Mormon walk into a bar… Comedy. It’s that elusive and indefinable thing that makes us laugh. We cannot define it, but we know it when we see it (or read it). Senses of humor are as varied as our genetic codes. One man’s outrageously amusing is another’s disgusting tripe, and it takes a talented author indeed to conquer the...

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Kathie's Corner

In the body of your query letter, you’ll need to put a short synopsis of your manuscript of about 500 words. This is more than the back of the book blurb and much less than a three-to-five page summary that many publishers request. Don’t tell the acquisitions editor or agent to “read the book to find out how it ends because I don’t want to...

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Interviews

Diva Interview: Author C.L. Parker I asked my dear friend, author C. L. Parker, to talk to us today about the her journey from small market publishing to The Bix Six. If you’re not aware of The Big Six they are generally referred to: Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, MacMillion Publishers, HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, and Random House. Only now it seems The Big Six...

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Tips

Gender Biased Words We live in a world where political correctness has become a bit of a nuisance. We don’t want to offend, and yet it seems as though there is always someone who will take offense at even the most innocent utterances or phrases when none was intended. The Chicago Manual of Style takes the stance of removing gender from writing whenever possible as...

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On Writing

For a Good Time, Call and Other Uses of Fictitious Phone Numbers Most of us are familiar with the Tommy Tutone song “867-5309/Jenny.” Over thirty years later, that phone number is still ingrained in my memory. Why? Because it was set to a catchy tune and played at least every hour on the radio when I was a kid. What started as a cute gimmick...

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