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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing articles, short stories and novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery. I can also answer questions about writing for major print magazines in the outdoor genre (hunting/fishing/boating/travel.)

Experience in the area

I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books . Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen mass market novels since 2004, and have contracts for four more books through 2011. I've also published more than two dozen feature articles in leading outdoor magazines.


Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America, National Association of Legal Assistants.


Magazines--Guns & Ammo, Fur-Fish-Game, Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, Deer & Deer Hunting. Many others. Novels/Anthologies--Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.


Published Author. Published Freelance Writer. Certified Paralegal with specialities in intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent) and real estate.

Awards and Honors

USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, 2009, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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2015-12-18 Freelancing in the 1970s:

Hi, again, Lucy!    Okay, I contacted a few friends who were journalists in the 70s. They had a few stories but they could only loosely be considered gender related. Mostly they were more about co-workers

2015-11-27 Freelancing in the 1970s:

Lucy,     I think a lot depends on where the story is set. I can only speak for living in the US at the time, but yes, there was a lot of prejudice. Only at first, though. Once I proved I could write a

2015-11-25 Freelancing in the 1970s:

Hi, Lucy!    I don't know who told you that on the writer forum, but they're wrong. Freelance journalism has existed for at least a hundred years. In the trade, the writer or photographer is called a "stringer

2015-03-05 question / writing:

Hi, Ram!    Lots of questions! Great! Let's get started:    <i>1) what is the proper margin if I write an article? I mean, the distance on both sides - the left side of the paper and the right side as

2015-01-22 Blog Writing:

Dear William,    Theresa wasn't able to answer your question, but I might be able to help.    I think you're confusing "Ghost Writer" with "pseudonym." A ghost writer is a writer who writes books or stories


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