Thursday, February 7, 2013

A few questions answered about our Fairly Wicked Tales Sub Call

I've gotten some questions about this sub call, so I thought I would clear things up a bit. The original fairy tales do not have to be Grimm Brother's tales. I used the Grimm tales as an example, because they tend to be the darker, more brutal tales. And dark is definitely the direction I want the submissions to take. No bluebirds singing, if you get my drift.

Also, you may combine more than one tale in any way you see fit. Just be sure the commonly accepted heroes/heroines are not the good guys in your adaptation. Heck, there don't even have to be good guys; they could be bad guys and worse guys.

Above all, write me a good story. Surprise me, excite me, scare the hell out of me. If you're story does so, I'm liable to not even care if your submission fits my exact guidelines. Because, to me, the story is what matters.

And lastly, I hate semicolons. Please avoid their usage. And if you do use them, make sure you do so properly. Google it, look it up in a style manual, ask your old English professor, but don't pepper your story with them improperly. And do not rely on Word to tell you when to use them; the software is often incorrect. I won't refuse a submission including a semicolon or three, but quite possibly doing so will mean  more red ink on your edited version. (Please note proper usage above.)

Also, please avoid overusing the common words "that" and "it," and the verb "was." Those are editing pet peeves numbers 356, 224, and 501. The English language is full of  beautiful words, use one of them instead. The thesaurus is your friend.


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