It’s frustrating that some writers don’t know the difference between a big publisher and a smaller, independent publisher. Writers can be insanely oblivious and self-centered, mass producing query letters, pumping out their manuscript to anyone who will listen.  I’ve met a few that really believed that they were presenting the story of our generation when […]


As an undergrad, I listened to my professors gush about “The Rape of the Lock” and Dharma bums–famous roman à clef titles of the serious literary wold. From the minute I learned what roman à clef  was, I was intrigued with the idea of writers disguising their real lives within the folds of their work and […]


 Q: Let’s start off light. So, what’s the funniest thing that has happened to you? A: Funniest thing that happened to me… Well, this wasn’t exactly funny for me at the time, but other people sure found it funny when I told them. It’s probably the most embarrassed I’ve ever been in public.  While I […]

I wanted to share an interview Connie Dunn did with Dan Janik recently. I was blown away about how much information is in it so wanted to share it. If you’re interested in learning about a new publishing house and what’s going on in the industry, this is definitely something worth checking out. It’s definitely an […]


So, you want to get published and you’ve been sending what feels like–or may even really be–hundreds of queries to publishing houses (big and small), editors, and agents and no one’s biting the line you keep throwing into the water.  Have you ever considered that it may be your query letter that is putting your manuscript […]

Italics Marshmallow

Italics: those beautifully slanted words that a lot of people forget to use or overuse. When do you italicize words without the mumbo jumbo? To emphasis a word or expression. “I was not there, no matter what she says!” Foreign words. Perhaps your character is in another country and you want to make it feel more […]


It’s just another one of those confusing words, dear writer. And another reason why math and science people hate lovers of English. Sometimes the words and rules just don’t make any sense do they! Don’t think I don’t know your pain. In fact, I’m the designer of  the “Why English is so Hard” print. But […]


I’m getting too many people who aren’t sure what the difference between a proofreader and an editor is. As a result,  I sometimes find myself–awkwardly and unfairly–put in a position where I’m being asked to do a very big job for almost nothing. They aren’t the same thing. And to make it even more complicated there […]


If you don’t know yet, I’m a proofreader and editor by trade. That means I’ve come across numerous essays, book manuscripts, business documents, and media content. I’ve proofread and edited my way through some pretty interesting–some pretty dense– bodies of work. I’ve enjoyed it all, but, I’ve noticed that many don’t really know how to use […]


Since I’ve moved to Hawaii  I always seem to get the same, “Do you love it there? I bet it’s amazing!” reaction. And  it’s usually from friends/family that have scrolled through their Instagram or Pinterest feeds and see nothing but glamorous, Photoshopped pictures of palm trees and aqua water.  When all you see are those types of pictures, how can […]


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