Monday, December 31, 2012

Words writers don't want to hear

In honor of the most overused words and phrases of 2012, (here's a link)

I’ve come up with my own list of words and phrases that writers never want to hear again:

Simultaneous submissions not accepted
Entry fee
We regret to inform you
Agented submissions only
Not what we are currently in the market for
Doesn’t meet our needs
Do not contact us
Unfortunately, we cannot afford to pay

My wish for the new year is that we don’t hear any of these phrases in 2013!

Write soon,

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


What do porn stars and writers have in common?

They use pseudonyms! What did you think I was talking about?

Do you recognize these names?

1)     Anne Rampling
2)     Richard Bachman
3)     Victoria Lucas
4)     Currer Bell
5)     Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
6)     Eric Arthur Blair
7)     Mary Ann Evans
8)     William Sydney Porter
9)     Francois-Marie Arouet
10) David John Moore Cornwell
11) Sanuel Langhorne Clemens
12) Theodore Seuss Geisel
13) Edgar Box
14) Diedrich Nickerbocker

These may be a little more familiar.
1)     Anne Rice
2)     Stephen King
3)     Sylvia Plath
4)     Charlotte Bronte
5)     Lewis Carroll
6)     George Orwell
7)     George Eliot
8)     O. Henry
9)     Voltaire
10) John Le Carre’
11) Mark Twain
12) Dr. Seuss
13) Gore Vidal
14) Washington Irving

They are the same people (match the numbers).

Tell me, have you ever used a pseudonym?

Write soon,

Sunday, December 2, 2012

So many books, so little time

Thousands of free e-books are available to you regardless of which e-reader you use. The Gutenberg Project at features the classics, as does and is another valuable site, and don’t forget to search “free nook books” at Barnes and Noble ( also has freebies if you search “free Kindle books.”

Write soon,