Interview with P. N. Elrod

Accomplished writer and editor P.N. “Pat” Elrod is the author of 24 commercially-published novels, more than 20 short stories, and the editor and co-editor of several collections. In her copious spare time, she freelance edits and critiques. What is that editors do and don’t do? That depends on the editor and the kind of editing … Read more

P. N. Elrod Offers Critique

That’s right, P. N. Elrod the multi-talented author of The Vampire Files urban fantasy series (among many other books and genres) is offering critiques. This isn’t something she does lightly, and this is a rare opportunity to have a sample of your writing critiqued by a pro. Elrod is offering critiques to help pay the … Read more

NaNo WriMo 2013 Is Coming

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts November 1. The basic idea is to engage in BIC (Butt In Chair) and write fiction. The goal is to finish 50,000 words by midnight on November 30. By successfully completing 50,000 words by the deadline, you win, (you get a badge!), and have a draft of a novel. … Read more

Adrienne Rich (1929–2012)

Adrienne Rich’s obituary in the Los Angeles Times. Adrienne Rich was one of the first poets whose words made my heart falter. While some of Adrienne Rich’s politics are very different from my take, many years later, her essay from 1980 “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence” had a very profound effect on me, since I … Read more

Absolute Write Email Problems

As a side effect of our server move, email sent to or from Absolute Write is currently not functioning. We’re working with our ISP to solve the problem. In the meantime, if you need to contact MacAllister or have a question or problem using the forums, you can reach Mac by using this address: macallister4modstuff … Read more

Navigating the Self-Publishing Waters: An interview with Victoria Strauss

By Lisa Abbate For so many writers—fiction or nonfiction—the completion and publishing of a book is the fulfillment of a great dream. Completing a book is no small feat, and neither is getting it published. Some aspiring authors choose to seek out an agent and traditional publisher, while others opt to self-publish. Technology and competition … Read more

Writer Beware: Sharks in the Literary Waters

By Victoria Strauss There are sharks out there in the literary waters.  Be wary: literary deceptions abound, from fee-charging agents to dishonest book doctors to fraudulent subsidy publishers to fake contests. Some of them are staggeringly successful. Edit Ink, for instance, a book doctoring firm that engaged in a kickback scheme with disreputable literary agents, … Read more

Book Review Barbara Wallraff Word Court

Word Court: Wherein Verbal Virtue Is Rewarded, Crimes Against the Language Are Punished, and Poetic Justice Is Done By Barbara Wallraff Review by Andrea M. Chester Barbara Wallraff’s Word Court: Wherein Verbal Virtue Is Rewarded, Crimes Against the Language Are Punished, and Poetic Justice Is Done reminds me of my favorite English professor, and her … Read more