Mark Anthony Febbo

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From the Staff of The Editorial Department

February 1, 2017

Part III: Showing vs. Telling
Rue the day you tell what's been shown

For those of us who don’t remember show and tell in kindergarten oh so fondly—I personally recall an unfortunate incident involving a classroom hamster and a certain child’s not-so-captive boa constrictor—we promise that this will be our final installment in this particular series of blogs on Showing vs. […]
January 25, 2017

Part II: Showing vs. Telling
A Closer Look at the Untold Art of Storyshowing

If you’re someone remotely involved with writing in any way you’ve heard the tired adage “show don’t tell” more times than you’d care to relive. And the most terrible thing is that most of the time you heard it, you heard it because someone “told” you. There’s a […]
November 6, 2016

A History of the Great Divide: Literature vs. Genre Fiction
Breathing life into a post-modern Prometheus

I was once involved in a near knock down drag out fight that began with my assertion that John Irving’s The World According to Garp was a great piece of “literature.” The wine-swilling MFA fiction writer seated across from me at the bar took umbrage at the idea that Irving […]
September 25, 2015

Writing About Writer’s Block

There is probably nothing more frustrating for a writer than encountering the dreaded problem of writer’s block. And the problem shows no prejudice. It is a creative paralysis that hinders the best of us at one time or another. Adages and acknowledgments about the problem run the gambit […]
September 15, 2015

The Editorial Process 101

A Step-by-Step Guide to Readying a Book for Publication These days, it seems everyone wants to self-publish a book. And that is both a tremendous freedom afforded to all who have the desire, and a scary proposition for a market now flooded with books and no process for […]
April 3, 2015

Traditionally Published TED Client Decides to go Independent
An Interview with TED Client Laura Fitzgerald

The Editorial Department’s client and traditionally published author Laura Fitzgerald has decided to go the self-publishing route for her next novel. We took a moment to interview her about her decision, and ask some pointed questions about the specifics that led her to this point. Fitzgerald is the author of […]