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#SaystheEditor Fiction and the Gun Culture

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

I first noticed it a year or two ago: unless it was a fantasy set in a different world or a Regency romance, almost every book I worked on was guaranteed to have a gun in it. Mystery? But of course there were guns, and not merely the service weapons that cops carry and, hopefully, […]

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Featured New Book Spotlight: Midnight Caller by Haley Whitehall

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

Let’s all welcome both Haley Whitehall AND the Featured New Book Spotlight back from hiatus! I’ve been busy editing over here at West of Mars, so hitting up people for submissions has fallen by the wayside. Thanks to whoever posted about the spotlight on Facebook; I’ve got a bunch of new books to share with […]

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#SaystheEditor Bogged Down

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

…and there it was again. A post in a writer’s group on Facebook. “I got a bad review! Oh, no! What do I do!” I don’t understand why it’s so hard for us to understand how to respond: you do nothing. However, this turned out to be the exception. A few others in the group […]

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#SaystheEditor: When Short Gets Long

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

It was supposed to be a quickie road trip. In, out. Lots of time in the car and not nearly enough with the family. But when you’re with your favorite cousin (sorry gang, but ’tis true. Always has been), when air traffic goes down in DC, stranding a teen roughly the same age as your […]

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#SaystheEditor Regroup, Revise, Refocus

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

At the start of the summer, I decided that I was going to have a cardio summer at the Hoity Toity Health Club. It sounded like great fun: try to bike 300 miles and either walk or elliptical for 30. I had from the first day of summer vacation until the last to accomplish this. […]

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