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Villains We Love to Hate

Posted by Guest at Oct 20, 2016 1:27 pm in , , ,

©MM Pollard, October, 2016   If you want to create a villain your readers will love to hate, avoid the clichéd villain. Clichéd villain: If the villain is a woman (in any sub-genre) she’s the conniving other woman, she’s the evil mother-in-law, she’s the wicked/crazy twin sister of the heroine, she’s the wicked/crazy sister of […]

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The People of the Real Middle-Earth by MM Pollard

Posted by Guest at Jul 26, 2015 10:14 pm in , , , , , , ,

For most English-speaking people, the term “middle-earth” conjures images from J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings. For Tolkien, “Middle-earth” was an old Anglo-Saxon term for the magical world inhabited by Celts, Anglo-Saxons, and Norsemen in the first millennium A.D. Four cultures who had influence in the British Isles during the […]

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Life, the Biggest Excuse We Give Ourselves When We Stop Working Toward Our Goals

Posted by Guest at Jun 19, 2014 1:35 am in , , , , ,

by MM Pollard, editor, Black Velvet Seductions and   the MM in Workshops with MM   Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Maybe a better question is, Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions? We all have the best intentions on January 1st with our new resolutions. If you are like most people, though, you’re […]

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Are You Ready for 2014? by MM Pollard

Posted by Guest at Dec 16, 2013 8:30 am in , , , , , ,

editor, Black Velvet Seductions, the MM in Workshops with MM Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Maybe a better question is, Do you keep your New Year’s resolutions? We all have the best intentions on January 1st with our new list of resolutions, whether that list has one resolution or many. Here are some tips […]

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Top Ten Pet Peeves of a New Editor PART 2

Posted by Guest at Apr 18, 2013 8:00 am in , , , , ,

by MM Pollard, editor, Black Velvet Seductions  January 1, 2012, I became an acquisitions editor with Black Velvet Seductions. I’ve been on the job for over a year now, and I have a growing list of pet peeves of a new editor. Let’s continue our talk from April 1st about little things that writers have […]

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FF&P WORKSHOP UPDATE

Posted by Guest at Apr 15, 2013 7:00 am in , , , , , , ,

The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of the RWA Presents the line up of great workshops for 2013! Click here to see the full line up! http://romance-ffp.com/page/workshops SWOT Analysis for Writers by Dr Leslie Dow April 15-28, 2013 SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis is a tool used every day in business strategy to […]

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Top Ten Pet Peeves of a New Editor PART 1

Posted by Guest at Apr 1, 2013 8:00 am in , , , , , , ,

by MM Pollard, editor, Black Velvet Seductions  January 1, 2012, I became an acquisitions editor with Black Velvet Seductions. I’ve been on the job for over a year now, and I have a growing list of pet peeves of a new editor. Let’s talk about little things that writers have done when submitting their work […]

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One Million Words and Growing by MM Pollard

Posted by Guest at Dec 11, 2012 9:00 am in , , , , , ,

One Million Words and Growing: Here’s How English Got All of Those Words By MM Pollard, editor with Black Velvet Seductions   I was researching the English language for a workshop and hit on this bit of information on The Global Language Monitor (http://www.languagemonitor.com/no-of-words/).   Number of Words in the English Language: 1,013,913, estimate of […]

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