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The Importance of Professional Editing

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’ve finished your first novel after years of painstaking work. You’re sure it could be a best seller and everyone you know is very enthusiastic. Yet your manuscript is returned by publishers, with a form letter providing no clues as to why they didn’t like it. Having your work independently evaluated gives you an unbiased opinion, helping you to tighten your manuscript and fix problems you may have overlooked. I’ve provided substantive and copy editing services for many other writers over the years. This has been for novels, short...

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What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Children’s Writer’s Guide

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  “This is by far the best book I have picked up to help me kick start my writing!” Chapter Four: Where Do Ideas Come From One of the most common questions asked of authors, whether from children during school visits or in interviews, is “Where do you get your ideas?” In so many ways, ideas are all around us – in newspapers, magazines, pictures, photographs, other books whether fiction or non-fiction, television, movies, even video games. History can be a constant source of inspiration for writers, but so are personal...

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What’s it all about? Sources of inspiration for the Shadowzone series

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Shadowzone series involves the discovery of a grim dystopian version of Earth that’s ruled by a totalitarian dictatorship called the Ministry, the threat of a deadly virus, and a race against time to save the lives of millions. Here’s a synopsis for each of the novels. Shadowzone  While watching intense flashes of lightning during a violent storm, Ben experiences mysterious and disturbing visions of another world, one very different from his own. In the chain of events that follow, Ben encounters Charlie, a girl from a dark version...

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The Many Benefits of a Writing Coach

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A professional writing coach is someone with whom you can consult, ask questions and receive constructive feedback. They act as a guide as you build your career as a professional writer. A coach can help you conquer a stumbling block, regain momentum or make a start on a new project. My program helps you progress as a writer. You decide what you want to work on during a personalized, one on one relationship. I can be your coach for just one month or we can establish a month-to-month arrangement, depending on your schedule and...

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The Obsession of Writing

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Obsession of Writing  by Mackenzie Reide Recently, I began revisions on the third book in my middle grade trilogy, The Adventurers: The Mine Caper. I described the process of writing and revising with my editor to someone. She looked surprised. “Wow. That sounds like a lot of work. Why do you write?” I was taken aback by the question. I blurted out the answer, “Why do you breathe?” Writing is not something that I ever really thought about. I just do it. It’s always been there lurking around in the back recesses of my mind. That...

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When Words Collide Blue Pencil Cafe

Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. When Words Collide brings together the literary community, both readers and writers, for a sharing of information, for learning, and to build a sense of community. Blue Pencil Cafe Children’s and Middle Grade – August 12 at 3 pm In this session aspiring writers are invited to bring me the first page or two of their children’s book or young adult manuscript for 1-on-1 feedback.  Manuscripts should be...

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Writing Historical Fiction at When Words Collide

Posted by on Aug 11, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary, for a presentation, Tyche Books Presents, and the evening autograph session. Writing Historical Fiction – August 11 at 1 pm Learn how to write an effective, authentic, and appealing story in this genre and how to fully immerse yourself in your chosen time period. Understand what defines historical fiction and different time periods, how to create believable settings, plausible characters, and the role of...

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Writing for Children and Young Adults at When Words Collide

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. Writing for Children and Young Adults – August 10 at 6 pm This session explores the art of writing for children and young adults. Explore research, planning, pacing your story, developing characters, connecting with the reader, choosing settings, the role of adults in children’s stories, and...

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Time Travel: Not Just a Thing of The Past at When Words Collide

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. Time Travel: Not Just a Thing of the Past – August 10 at 2 pm My young adult novels The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Heretic’s Tomb, and Flashback all feature time travel, a genre that continues to be very popular with both authors and readers, as well as with filmmakers. In this session I’ll be sharing tips and tricks to weave time travel elements into the plot for any...

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When Words Collide – August 10, 11 and 12

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This weekend, I’ll be appearing at When Words Collide in Calgary. This exciting annual  literary festival embraces literature of all forms, including genre, and is held at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. When Words Collide exists to provide an opportunity for the literary community, from readers to writers to publishers, to gather and share information and inspiration. With the belief that different genres have more in common than they have differences, the festival includes content for all types of literature including mainstream,...

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