What Got Me Published Could Be the Very Thing You Need

What Got Me Published Could Be the Very Thing You Need

What does it take to be a traditionally published author? Twenty years ago, I would have said talent and connections. Today, on the occasion of the cover reveal for my literary debut, only one word comes to mind—grit. If your field is as cutthroat as publishing, here are four ways that helped me develop mental toughness, which could be the very thing you need.

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Can You Trademark a Common Word? Court Says No

Can You Trademark a Common Word? Court Says No

A romance writer cocky enough to trademark the word “cocky” lost her bid to stop other writers from using the word in book titles.  The U.S. District Court for Southern New York has ruled in favor of the Authors Guild and the Romance Writers of America (RWA) in asserting the principle that nobody should own exclusive rights to use a common word in book and series titles.

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Newly Launched Staunch Book Prize Reflects #MeToo Movement

Newly Launched Staunch Book Prize Reflects #MeToo Movement

In the wake of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment, a new book prize is seeking thrillers in which “no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped, or murdered.” Submit your manuscript to the Staunch Book Prize, the writing contest for our times. 

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In Praise of the Lowly Comma

In Praise of the Lowly Comma

One tiny comma can sometimes make all the difference when it comes to the meaning of a sentence or a contract for that matter. Strunk and White advocated for the Oxford comma in their classic book, “The Elements of Style,” while the AP Stylebook doesn’t require series comma. If you’re an Oxford-comma proponent like me, a recent federal court ruling will reinforce your position. The following articles will help make my case on the importance of the lowly comma.

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