In Praise of the Hated Adverb…Seriously

The poor adverb is like a remote island deemed useless by most editors. (Kamaole Beach, Maui, 2014; photo by Cindy Fazzi)

The poor adverb is like a remote island deemed useless by most editors. (Kamaole Beach, Maui, 2014; photo by Cindy Fazzi)

Stephen King believes the road to hell is paved with adverbs. Most editors and writing teachers hate adverbs as well. I agree that an adverb is superfluous most of the time, but when used in the right place, it can be effective. (more…)

New York Pitch Conference: The Art of Selling Your First Book

The calm before the creative storm: This is what the Ripley-Grier Studios hallway looked like before writers arrived to pitch their manuscripts.

The calm before the creative storm: This is what the Ripley-Grier Studios hallway looked like before writers arrived to pitch their manuscripts.

Do you have a manuscript you want to pitch? Perhaps you want to test the waters for a book idea? If you’re nodding as you read this, you should check out the New York Pitch Conference. I belong to the first camp, and I’m glad I attended.  (more…)