Practice Word Policing

January 9, 2017

TOP PICK! Review of STIM by Kevin Berry

by Jennifer Ellis       Selected as a Top Pick!       1

Stim by Kevin Berry is the story of Robert, a brilliant twenty-something college student with Asperger’s Syndrome who wants to find a girlfriend, so much so that he makes it his project for the year. Stim was a delightful, insightful, and often funny read that pulls at the reader’s heart. It will appeal to those interested in Asperger’s Syndrome and those just wanting to understand the myriad of challenges associated with being different. Highly recommended!


The Rise of the Word Police

by Steve Wetherell      

To be clear, I’m not paranoid. I’m not an ageing comedian baffled at college kids (yet.) I’m not going to use the term SJW (except for just then, obviously.) I am not gunning for political correctness. What I am talking about are people, on all sides of the political spectrum, who isolate a phrase or word from its context to make a judgement on a work as a whole, or the character of the author as a whole.


Practice What You Speak: 7 Tips for Dynamic Dialogue

by Lauren Faulkenberry      

Writing dialogue is tricky. It needs to sound realistic, but it can’t be too realistic. We all want our characters to sound like real people, but when people talk, there are a lot of unnecessary words tossed around. As writers, we have to carefully craft what our characters say so that the words seems effortless, but yet serve a purpose. So how do you create killer dialogue that seems effortless and does its job? Read on.




Current Sales and Giveaways

There are five sales and giveaways this week, including two “Top Pick” novels, one of which is a giveaway of FALLING IN DEATH AND LOVE by Magnus Stanke: “Love, guilt, paternity, murder – probably not in that order.”



Pitch Perfect Pick Winner

Over the last month, our top submissions were put to a vote. This one came out on top.


Dominion of the Star

Votes: 0

This post-apocalyptic fantasy follows one girl’s journey of self-discovery in the midst of a battle between the offspring of fallen angels. She is thrust into a conflict where she alone has the power to stop an event more disastrous than the end of the world.



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