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From the Staff of The Editorial Department

April 22, 2017

Feeling Good And Going Green
A new paperless submissions and working policy

Well, we finally did it! After 34 years of accepting manuscripts in hard copy for our critique and evaluation services, I’m pleased to announce that we are going fully “paperless” in our manuscript submission policy. As of January 27, 2014 we will no longer accept printed manuscripts or […]
April 17, 2017

Part I: The Editorial Department’s Manuscript Evaluation: Then, Now, and Always
Getting the substantive and honest feedback your work deserves

Okay, so we all know being a novelist isn’t easy. It’s laborious, grueling, emotionally taxing, and sometimes an outright torturous journey down an unpaved road. And one thing I hear all the time from writers on the topic of their frustrations is how hard it is to get […]
March 18, 2017

Know Your (Copy) Rights: An Introduction to Copyright for Authors

Over the years, I have attended many workshops, classes, and author panels, and copyright is always a hot topic. Unfortunately, it is also a topic shrouded in misinformation and anecdotal advice. As with many legal issues, copyright is a huge and often intimidating subject, and I don’t intend […]
March 13, 2017

The Role of Mystery in Fiction

Unlike nonfiction, fiction’s motor doesn’t run on information, but on its opposite: mystery. I’m not talking about mystery as a genre, but as the essential quality in all fiction that cultivates curiosity, stimulates the imagination, invites participation, and generally keeps readers reading. Every step of the reader’s journey […]
March 8, 2017

South of Hell by P.J. Parrish
A "First 50" Review

Flap Copy: For Louis Kincaid and his lover, female detective Joe Frye, the present and the past collide when they team up to find out what happened to Jean Brandt, who was reported missing by her husband from their Michigan farmhouse in 1981. Jean’s daughter Amy, only five at […]
March 3, 2017
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The Truth About First Novels and Traditional Publication

What you might hear: “Publishing-house editors don’t want to read first-novel submissions.” “Literary agents don’t want to take on unknown writers.” “Publishers only want novelists who have a good track record.” “If by a miracle you get a first novel published, it’ll sell 500 copies to your friends […]