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Scene It First with Nikki Davenport

On November 15, 2023, romance author Nikki Davenport joined me for a fascinating episode of the Scene It First series, sponsored by Fictionary. In this series, I speak with bestselling, award-winning authors to talk about first scenes, share secrets of writing craft, and celebrate the stories that thrill and inspire us all. In this episode, […]

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Editing Is a Conversation

Too often people view editing as a one-way service in which the editor “corrects” the author’s prose. To get the most out of the author–editor relationship, however, it’s important to remember two things: • Editing is a conversation. • Edits are suggestions. (Though general principles still apply, the following is geared toward the relationship between […]

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Four on the Floor with Gwendolyn Kiste

Gwendolyn Kiste is the Bram Stoker Award–winning author of The Rust Maidens, from Trepidatio Publishing; And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, from JournalStone; and the dark fantasy novella Pretty Marys All in a Row, from Broken Eye Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, Daily Science Fiction, Shimmer, Interzone, and LampLight, among others. Originally from Ohio, she now resides on an […]

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Four on the Floor with Dea Poirier

I’m pleased to present the following interview with Dea Poirier. Enjoy! Bio: Dea (D.H) Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she got her start writing in creative writing courses. She attended the University of Central Oklahoma for Computer Science and Political Science. Later, she spent time living on both coasts, and traveling the United States, […]

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Four on the Floor with Autumn Christian

“It rushed through us in huge milking waves, like the predatory gasp of the ocean.” “I knew he was a barely contained scream wearing a human suit.” Even out of context, those lines, from Autumn Christian’s latest novel, Girl Like a Bomb, give you an idea of how adept the author is at peppering her […]

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Four on the Floor with Stevie Kopas

In the previous Four on the Floor interview, we were treated to insights from one of horror’s leading new lights, Stephen Kozeniewski. For this interview, we get the perfect follow-up: Kozeniewski’s Slashvivor! coauthor Stevie Kopas. Bio: Stevie Kopas was born and raised in New Jersey. She is a gamer, a writer, and an apocalypse enthusiast. Stevie will […]

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Four on the Floor with Author J. J. White

[An abbreviated version of this interview ran in my September newsletter.] Author J . J. White has been kind enough to credit my editing with helping him land an agent and traditional publisher. Read on to learn more about the author and to see how he responded to the Four on the Floor interview. About […]

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5 Reasons Authors Need Style Sheets

Any good copy editor will provide a style sheet when returning an edited manuscript to an author. But, you might ask, just what the heck is a style sheet and does an author really need one?

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