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I can answer questions about the elements of fiction and non-fiction writing: how to get started, writing techniques, re-writing, etc. I will NOT write for you, do critiques except from my website at http://pygmypress.com, or give you ideas. I will not answer home-or-schoolwork questions in any category. If English is your second language, please say so, and I will make an exception. Please submit no more than one or two questions at once, as I tend to go into detail in my answers.

Experience in the area

I wrote my first book in 1957 and have been writing and studying writing since. I have a BA in Written Communications, and have taught writing both privately and through adult education for 15 years. Have also edited (fiction books) for an online publisher and edited/wrote more than 100 articles for a teen sex education site. Currently writing web content and mentoring beginning writers.


BA degree in Written Communication

What do you like about this subject?

My mother was a writer, my sister and brother were writers, two of my nieces write - guess I come by it naturally. I have loved books since I was a little child. I also love editing, mentoring, rewriting and ghosting.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to finish the books I have started, sell them, make money, and become a well-known writer. So far all I have achieved is to make money.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The future is in e-publishing. Now everyone can be published! Set up a webpage (I'll tell you how) and go for it!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Should we do away with hardback books altogether?

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JohnnyX04/25/16101010Helpful! Thanks, ma'am!
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Recent Answers from Susan Rand

2016-04-24 Title Of Books:

Hello Johnny:    You are asking me to explain the unexplainable. I don't understand what part of "As though it is scrolling like a marquee over a movie theater or live show" you don't understand. If you

2016-04-24 Title Of Books:

Hello Johnny and the best to all Norwegians!    In seeking the best title for a book, my favorite method is to view my text as though it is scrolling on a marquee, like over a movie theater or live show

2016-04-13 An interrupted thought...:

Hello J.D.:    Most authors use a dash, but you, of course are free to use whatever you like. I remember the first time I read Alan Paton's Cry The Beloved Country, I was astonished that he didn't use

2016-02-05 Which voice to write in?:

Hello Yvonne:    By all means, write it as you want to. I think hearing from your husband the background of the event combined with yours following would be a great way to experience your tale.    Rules

2015-10-15 horror novels:

Hello Demetrius:    Yes, I would say that.    I have not read Along Came a Spider but I would suspect that is true.    I am not up on what publishers require because I deal with writing only, not publishing


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