Poets & Writers Feature

We are so pleased and excited to be featured in the Nov/Dec 2015 edition of Poets & Writers in “A Publicist’s Prospective.”

So impressed with Poets & Writers setting up the ‪#‎pwlive‬ event to go along with the article. Thanks!

Editor Jessica Page Morrell and publicist Jessica Glenn weigh in and give advice to burgeoning self-publishers. Available only in print. We highly recommend a subscription to Poets & Writers as a valuable resource for all writers (and poets!).

 

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ArtclecticPDX Interview with Art Edwards

Jessica’s back with TypeCast on ArtclecticPDX on KZME 107.1 FM

BadgeJessica’s interview is with author Art Edwards.  They talk at length about his latest book, Badge, but go into topics like “Calypso,” the Refreshments, self-publishing and wondering if kids today look back fondly at the music of Art’s generation and the way he looks  back at the sixties generation’s.

Listen to the show here.  The interview starts about 30 mins in.

 

Secrets, Inspiration and Indulgence with the Sexy Grammarian

I had a virtual sit down with San Francisco based teacher and writer Kristy Lin Billuni also known as The Sexy Grammarian.  What follows is our conversation from grammar to robots for your enjoyment.

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Jessica G: Off the top, what’s so sexy about grammar? Hmmmm?

Sexy Grammarian:  One the most important sex education lessons I know is that sexy is different for everybody. Grammar is sexy for me for a lot of reasons. I like strong, clear communication. I like juicy, meaningful self-expression. That stuff turns me on. And I can geek out on the grammatical structure of a sentence too. For a lot of people, even writers, grammar is the least sexy thing in the world, which makes it hard to learn. I cut my educator teeth on sex education, so I use a lot of the same principles when I teach grammar and writing. I’m nonjudgmental about what turns you on as a writer. I emphasize the drive of active verbs and the beauty of a well-placed comma. And I use naughty language in my example sentences.

JG: What advice do you have for someone who has just finished their first book length manuscript?

SG: Readers! Before you pay for a professional line edit or start looking for a publisher, get a few trusted friends to give you their opinion. Because editors charge by the word, you will save money by cutting unnecessary sections. Or you might realize that your ending doesn’t work. And you will definitely gain more devoted supporters and future readers by getting the people you love to invest time and love into your project.

JG: Do you recommend people edit as they write or that they wait until the story is a full draft?

SG: I absolutely believe in separating your composition time from your critique time. I know a lot of writers do it, but I think it’s tough to expect yourself to be expansive and creative while also being self-critical and detail oriented. I like to write with abandon, focus on quantity, then let the manuscript rest before I return to it for editing and polishing for quality.

JG: Robots or dinosaurs?

SG: I rely on robots for everything from boiling water to running my social media, so I have to be loyal to them.

JG: How long have you had your Sexy Grammarian website?

SG:  In 2013 I celebrated 10 years in business, but I haven’t always called myself The Sexy Grammarian. I launched the Sexy Grammar blog in 2008 to experiment with social media. People loved it, so I embraced it. Now, it’s my service mission: Arouse the writer.

JG: Would you consider a pit match with Grammar Girl?
(For the record, JG is an ardent Grammar Girl fan, too and has considered tattooing a QR code for the Affect V. Effect post on the back of her hand. But who would say no to Grammar Celebrity Pit Matches?)

SG:  Well, I don’t know what a pit match is, but I wouldn’t want to go up against Mignon Fogarty in any kind of contest. I love what she does and go to her website to review grammar guidelines all the time.

JG: Do you have any current projects you are particularly excited about?

SG: I’m about to start editing a graphic novel for the first time, and I’m excited about entering a new genre. I’m helping a psychic brand her services, which is a totally fascinating process. And I’ve got four of my own dirty stories coming out in collections from Cleis Press this year. I’m really proud of that.

JG:  Tell us about your workshops. Are these available online to those outside of SF?

SexyGPostSG: I think that writing requires attention in three major areas: You have to learn some of the secrets of writing, the rules and guidelines. You have to embrace whatever inspires you. And you have to indulge in a writer’s life, whatever that means for you. So writers in the Sexy Grammar Workshop explore secrets, inspiration, and indulgence, and we have a lot of fun moving our projects forward. I like to mix genres in my workshops so that poets are helping real estate agents write marketing content, and academics are giving novelists feedback on their plots. This works because no matter what you’re writing, the process matters. We focus on finding the process that works for each writer. You can bring the Sexy Grammar Workshop to your organization or writing group right now, and we’re launching the online version at the end of 2014.


You are encouraged to find out more about The Sexy Grammarian on her website SexyG.co and to flirt with her on Twitter  @SexyGrammar