Writer or Author?

According to Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary:

¹author n [ME auctour, fr. AF auctor, autor, fr. L auctor promoter, originator, author, fr. augēre to increase — more at EKE] (14c) 1 a: one that originates or creates : SOURCE <software ~s> <film ~s><the ~ of this crime> b cap: GOD 1 2: the writer of a literary work (as a book) Continue reading

The Good & The Bad of Today’s Historical Romances

Everlasting by Kathleen Woodiwiss

One of my favorite Kathleen Woodiwiss novels ~ Everlasting

I began reading historical romance at the tender age of 13, when they were called “bodice-rippers”–for a very good reason. I probably shouldn’t have been allowed to. I don’t know what my mom was thinking. She, my aunt, my sister, and I traded novels at an alarming rate. We couldn’t get enough. Mom dropped out of our reading circle many years ago, but my sister and aunt still read as voraciously as I do.

Some of the first stories I read Continue reading

The Importance of Punctuation

Do you have any idea how torturous it is to judge a contest submission littered with incorrect punctuation? One or two misplaced commas are no big thing, but too many and the story is lost in a sea of run-on sentences that make no sense.

Many RWA chapter-sponsored contests don’t take off points for improper formatting. Every one of them should. It would make it easier for their judges to base their scores on only the quality of the story. All contestants hope to final so their ms will be read by the final judge–usually an agent or editor. Imagine the final judge has two manuscripts, but only one can be the winner. Both stories are equally compelling, but one is formatted correctly and all punctuation is perfect. The other drove him/her insane with errors. Which will the A/E choose?