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Outlantacon 2012. 

Outlantacon is the Southeast’s Premiere Event for Queer Nerds. I’m pleased to introduce the guests for the upcoming convention here on Romance Lives Forever.

I’ll be a guest myself. This will be my fourth year with the con. Kiernan Kelly and I were two of the guest authors the first year, and we’ve been back every year since. This year, I’ll be interviewing as many as possible, and posting them here.

Here’s where to find more info.
Here is the beginning of the schedule.

Uncanny X-Men

We are currently assembling our guest list for our 2012 show. Below are the guests who are confirmed so far. More will be added so watch this space!

  • Lee Martindale author, editor, musician
  • Eugie Foster — Nebula Award-winning author
  • Andrew Greenberg — game designer
  • Kayelle Allen — author
  • Kiernan Kelly — author
  • Sabrina Pandora — entertainer
  • Michael Liebmann — voice actor
  • Angelia Sparrow — author, librarian
  • Moxie MagnusStar Trek drag performer
  • Jevocas “Java” Green — actor / filmmaker
  • Eric Green — actor / filmmaker
  • Tony Gowell — actor (The Walking Dead, Zombieland), casting assistant
  • Hushicho — webcomics creator
  • Kage Alan — author
  • T. C. Blue — author
  • Shae Conner — author
  • Shawn Sellers — paranormal investigator, author
  • Paul Bright — Filmmaker

Check out the video trailer for Altitude Falling (Paul Bright). The film will be shown at the con, and he’ll be screening his brand new film, Goliad Uprising.

Currently, I have interviews for several of these folks, and can’t wait to share them with you. Join us on the con’s Facebook page. Tomorrow is Paul Bright’s day, so bookmark this page and come back!

RLF Gems 

Ever wondered who and what brings people to a blog? When you post somewhere, do you wish you could see your stats? If you post here, and you want to know what your stats are for the time you were visiting, email me and I’ll let you know. I download a monthly spreadsheet with the basic info every month.

I thought I’d start sharing some of that info. This is minus the numbers, because those are private, but here are the top five posts for 2011, and for 2012 so far, and who posted them. Links are provided to the top posts so you can go back and take another look if you want to know made them unique. Each will open in a new window so you can read and then come back.

I’ll be posting these on a regular basis. They are presented In order of page loads.

1. Alexandr Voinov
2. Jannine Corti Petska
3. Salute to Author Veterans
4. Jevocas “Java” Green
5. K D Grace

Others in the top ranking for 2011: Cornelia Grey, Blaine D. Arden, Tara Lain, Sharon Noble, Selena Illyria, Christie Barth. A number of the top ranking authors were from Storm Moon Press.

2012 (Jan)

1. Amy McCorkle
2. Heidi Belleau | Violetta Vane
3 Angelia Sparrow
4. S A Reid
5. Mimi Barbour

One of my own posts was in the top five, but I left it out to feature the first five guests.
Kayelle Allen

My thanks to these authors for making Romance Lives Forever a great blog to visit.

Editing is Important.
When you send your manuscript to an editor, what should you expect in return? Before you send material to be critiqued /edited make sure that you have thoroughly spell-checked first. Make your grammar is as perfect as you can. There are varying levels of editing/critiquing. Here are some basic types of editing and what they entail.
Content editing — what you could say or how to reword material so that it comes across more clearly. 
[The example below is used with permission, from the work in progress of author friend Jerry Race.]
Example: [His bike’s tires screeched to a halt at the sight of three motorcycles being driven toward him.] What’s wrong with this sentence? 
1. His bike’s tires didn’t screech to a halt. They can’t act on their own. Better – He screeched his bike to a halt.
2. His bike’s tires didn’t see the motorcyles. He did.
3. Reaction before action is incorrect. (He stops his bike and then sees the motorcyles.) Action should always come first.
4. “Being driven toward him” is a passive phrase. We get the impression the motorcycles are simply traffic on the road, so why would he screech to a halt? There is nothing to indicate why the rider would stop his bike.
The content editor might suggest the following possible rewrite:
[At the sight of three motorcycles bearing down on him, he screeched his bike to halt.]
Next level of rewrite:
[Three bikers in leather, with chains wrapped across their chests, and rifles strapped to their backs gunned their Harleys and headed straight for him. He screeched his bike to a halt.]
Now we have a reason why he’s stopping — and a good one.
Content editing can also change the tone of a piece. You can see that above. In non-fiction, what an author feels strongly about can come across in text as more than facts and concern. It can come across as anger, frustration, and disgust. (Think talk radio hosts gone bad.) A content editor can help rein in the author’s tone and help turn a piece back into calm, clear, calls to action.
Line editing — the actual words used and what they mean.
Do we say the the king wore a torc or a torque? Both are pronounced the same, but one is a neck-worn piece of jewelry, and the other is a measure of twisting force. In certain circumstances, a torque can be a necklace as well, but the accepted spelling for that is torc. According to the Chicago Manual of Style (also known as CMOS) torc is the preferred spelling. Depending on where you publish, you might want to use torque. Your editor should have an idea of what is the correct usage, and where you should use the different words.
Proofreading — what you thought you said and what you meant is not what you wrote.
“There are twelve ways to read read this sentence. Only won of of them is correct, and the other three are wrong.”
Can you spot the errors in the above sentences? There are four. (scroll to the bottom to see them)
Style editing — how the manuscript appears in its final form.
Below are questions handled by the style editor. Checking the submissions page of your publisher will answer most of these, and the style editor of a publishing house will appreciate you doing so.
My manuscript is a Celtic Romance. Should I use a curly font?
My manuscript is non-fiction. Should I use a sans serif font?
What point size do I need?
How big should the margins be? Is it okay to make the bottom margin a little smaller so I can fit more on a page?
What is meant by “good use of white space?”
I write non fiction. Is it bad to have long paragraphs?
Do I need illustrations?
What kind of forward do I use?
Will I need a preface?
What form do I use for my bibliography (MLA, APA, Chicago)? Do I need one? (for fiction – no; for non-fiction – yes)
Some of these questions will also be addressed by a content editor in non-fiction.
How much does an editor charge?
Here’s a good place to get the “straight skinny” on that. These are rates many professionals use. Some services use this site as a basis for their fees. You can find people who charge less, and of course, those who’d charge you a lot more. It pays to shop around. There are some editors who provide all these services in one sitting. They are worth their weight in gold.
What’s the difference between a critique partner, a beta reader, and an editor?
A critique partner is someone who (hopefully) writes in your genre and knows the ropes as well as the audience, and can give feedback on your writing. A beta reader is someone with experience reading (and writing if possible) who will read your story and pick apart the inconsistencies and then point out what needs tweaking. An editor is a professional who stakes his/her reputation on what is written about changes you need to make. Take the advice of each and use them to your advantage. Weigh the advice of each according to your own value system. I have beta readers whose opinions weigh heavily in any decisions I make. Mine know my world and characters and can tell me if I’ve written them “wrong.” They are also sometimes too close to the story (as am I) to see an issue, and that is where an editor’s value shines.
Editing is vital. Get it from people you trust, and don’t take it as a personal affront if there are suggestions made or rewrites requested. The final goal should be to produce quality writing. Focus on that and move forward. Your readers will thank you.

Answers to “what’s wrong with these sentences”:
(read is there twice, of is there twice, the word won should be one, and if there were twelve ways and one is this way — how can there be only three other ways?)
About the Author
Kayelle Allen is the founder of The Author’s Secret, a company that coaches authors in building their brand names and helps them learn how to promote their work. She is also an award-winning, multi-published author who writes immortal characters, and is the creator of the Kin — warriors who purr. Kayelle is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, and unforgettable passion. You can find her on the web in these places:
Romance Lives Forever – Group
The Edge of Peril – World of the Immortals
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Time is Money
Now and then I hear writers say they don’t care if they make money. They have to write. It’s in their blood. Some want to share the knowledge they have and are eager to get the book out there and into the ethernet where it can be shared. Others dream of making it big and retiring.

No matter which of these concepts fits you, if you are a writer, this article will help.

If you count the number of hours you put into writing, tally up the amount you get back in sales, and take away the amount you spent promoting, you might have made more money by not starting in the first place. ;)

Truth is, for writers, that’s not an acceptable answer. We are driven to write. We want to share our stories and ideas. Some of us would like to make a living doing it.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in it to make money. Every writer still has to do the same things. Youl have to write and then edit your book. You have to find a publisher and/or agent. If you decide to self-publish, you need to get a decent cover, format it as an ebook, and all of us have to market our books. Creating the book to be successful — whether as a giveaway or a $39.99 book — takes the same amount of work. If the book is badly written, improperly formatted, and not promoted well, it will fail — whether free or for sale. You owe it to your readers to give it the best you can.

I’ve been writing for publication since 2004, and have six books out and one audiobook. I’ve spent thousands of hours promoting, writing, teaching, and learning. If I was doing it for the money, I’d have given up long ago.

If you’ve been saying that you don’t care if you make money, or that you just want to write because you have to, stop now. Not stop writing — stop saying that. Words are the seeds of prosperity or doom. We decide which by what we say.
I take pride in my work. If I continually tell myself I don’t expect to make money, I am sowing the seeds of failure. Instead, I tell myself I expect to entertain people with this book. I leave money out of the equation. I focus on what I want to accomplish, not what I don’t expect to happen.

It’s been my experience that attitude will sell my book when nothing else will. I never tell people “I don’t expect to make a lot of money writing” because guess what? No one expects to give me a lot of money, either. Instead, I say “I expect to __________” whatever it is I decide to accomplish.

What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to entertain? Educate? Change minds? Illustrate an idea? Open the world to a child? Set right a wrong?
Speak the things you expect to happen. Let the money deal with itself. Focus on what you want to get across to people, and the sales will follow. If they don’t, it won’t matter. You will have done your best. You will have pride in your work, and you will have accomplished your goal. It doesn’t get any better than that. 
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The late author Barbara Karmazin (affectionately known to her critique buddies as “Chainsaw”) used to harp on “roaming body parts.” What she meant was the tendency of authors to write such lines as:

His hand caressed her shoulder.
He dropped his eyes.
Her back pressed against the wall.
His mouth spoke her name like a prayer.

In the first instance, what else would he caress her shoulder with? His feet maybe? If the character doesn’t have hands, or he’s an alien and could be using tentacles… I suppose so. But for the most part, the hand is obvious. He caressed her shoulder is better.

He dropped his eyes and they went boing! boing! He can drop his gaze, but not his eyes. While we’re on the topic of eyes… He also can’t meet her eyes. (Where? In the park?)

Our heroine can press her back against the wall, or lean back against the wall, or simply press back against the wall, but is she holding her back in her hands and pressing it, or is her back pressing against the wall on its own? Be careful about letting body parts move on their own.

Which brings us to his mouth spoke her name… Unless he could also speak her name telepathically (I write SciFi; I know it can happen) then he spoke her name works.

I ran into this one recently and think it bears mentioning. “His mind remembered the incident.” As opposed to his big toe remembering? Of course his mind remembered, again — unless he’s an alien who also thinks with his third left tentacle. If he does that, by all means tell us. Otherwise, it’s safe to assume we know what body part is involved.

For more good ideas on how to handle this and other writing hazards, check out the Warrior Writers blog by Kristen Lamb. Her article on Dec 26th, 5 Common Writing Hazards is excellent.

What are some of the roaming body parts you’ve … uh… encountered in your reading?

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