Our “rape culture” and how to change it.


This needs to stopNo, there is nothing magical or beautiful about that title. And the magic will only come with the change. I have posted many things about this topic, reposted many pictures and voiced my outrage many times.

This is a personal subject to me, as I know it is to millions. If you haven’t been affected by rape at some point in your life, you love someone who has, I guarantee it. But we keep teaching the wrong thing to the wrong set of people. Teaching our girls they have to live in fear, they have to be sure they don’t dress a certain way or speak a certain way or drink at a party… this does nothing if we don’t teach our boys. And “no means no” is NOT good enough. Just ask her:

Innocent victims

The message needs to be “Only YES means YES” and it needs to be taught to our boys and girls alike.

I found this post today, written by Rebecca Yarros – a superhero –  and it had me reduced to tears in minutes. Oh, if only all the moms in all the world would write this letter to their children.

Please read this post, and please share it. This is important. This is important right now.

Rebbeca’s post: “Dear boys, we protect those who are smaller.”

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, I would love it even more if you shared Rebecca’s post with the world.

SCWW Auction Rules


SCWW100% of proceeds to go to the SCWW Conference to assist with the 2012 deficit.

The auction will close at 11:59pm (EST) Friday, January 18 2013.

Bids are to be placed in the comments section of the post for the item. There is NO minimum bid.

The last (highest) bid on each item will be the winner, and will be contacted Saturday via email. Payments should be made by the following Friday (Jan 25th).

The items are as follows:

  1. Cider House Rules Original Script, autographed by Charlize Theron. Bid HERE.
  2. Query & 10 pages critique by Michelle Johnson. Bid HERE.
  3. Query & 10 pages critique by Marisa Corvisiero. Bid HERE.
  4. Query & 10 pages critique by Brittany Howard. Bid HERE.
  5. Query & 10 pages critique by Stacey Donaghy. Bid HERE.
  6. Query & 10 pages critique by Jamie Bodnar Drowley. Bid HERE.
  7. First three chapters critique by Nola Sarina. Bid HERE.
  8. First three chapters critique of memoir/narrative nonfiction by Michael Withiam. Bid HERE.
  9. One full manuscript Beta-read by Paula Huffman. Bid HERE.
  10. 50 page sample edit and assessment by Robb Grindstaff. Bid HERE.
  11. Character named after you in next novel by Nola Sarina and Emily Faith. Bid HERE.
  12. Autographed copies of The Footloose Killer by Michelle L. Johnson and Guilt Before Innocence by Rue Elliott. Bid HERE.
  13. Handmade glass necklace on sterling silver chain by Rue Elliot. Bid HERE.
  14. Ecopy of A piece of my heart by Ramon Ballard. Bid HERE.
  15. First 3 chapters of fiction critique by Juliann Rich. Bid HERE.
  16. 20 page + 1-2 page synopsis critique by James D. McCallister. Bid HERE.
  17. Online author’s platform critique by Sarah Negovetich. Bid HERE.
  18. Personalized Poem by Arlene Lagos. Bid HERE.
  19. One Act Play Critique or a Page to Stage Consultation by John-Richard Thompson. Bid HERE.
  20. Signed copies of books for parents by John-Richard Thompson. Bid HERE.
  21. Full manuscript evaluation by Susan Breen. Bid HERE.

Auction Item #2 – Query & 10 pages critique by Michelle Johnson


Michelle L. JohnsonThis one is straight from me – query and 10 pages for critique. Since most of our agents have donated this, it would be advisable to look through our website (here) and see which agent most suits your genre, then bid on that one.

For information about the auction, see the original post here.

And don’t forget to leave your bid in the comments!

Supernatural Sundays


I’ve been so busy with Corvisiero Literary Agency, moving, working out travel plans, attending conferences, workshops, editing and such that I haven’t had much time to write.

But what I have managed to squeeze in are some new posts for our new blog New Stories, Old Book. I have taken on the regular Sunday posts which will revolve around the TV show Supernatural.

Here’s a peek at the first post: Continue reading