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How to Avoid Being Accidentally Ableist in Your Writing

Content note: I will be mentioning some ableist words, for educational purposes. Because I am a sensitivity editor for ableist terms and themes, I often get asked this question from writers who want to avoid ableism (without nuance) in their work: How can I stop using ableist phrases? Let me begin by saying that I, …

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It’s 2022! Still here, still queer—COVID’s a pain in my rear.

(I like to rhyme.) Hi, folks! Whew, we're into year three of the pandemic, and so far I have not caught the virus because of my clever approach of "having absolutely no life outside my home and what is even time anymore and I think my medical support people are now my only real friends." …

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You beta believe I needed those readers!

Last week, I did a thing! I submitted Iris and the Crew Tear Through Space! to the wonderful Renaissance, who has been the publisher of my previous novels and the anthologies I’ve co-edited. It was a supremely big deal for me to get to the submission stage because my brain has been greatly affected from …

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What the heck has Cait been doing???

Hi, fellow followers! It’s been a good while since I’ve posted here. That’s because I took a work hiatus from my freelance editing career to focus on my latest WIP, Iris and the Crew Tear Through Space! I am happy to say that the hiatus was successful and the first “season” of this episodic series …

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In the ’Cosm Podcast S1, Bonus Episode: How being “dissastified” can lead to a book series, with Bruce D. Gordon

Surprise! We have a bonus episode for season one, which I've nicknamed In the ’Cosm, Special Husband Edition! Yes, my spouse, author Bruce D. Gordon, is making his debut with the first novel in his Dissastified Me series, Dissatisfied Me: A Love Story! It's a humorous mock memoir set against the nostalgic backdrop of pop …

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#CaitTacklesTBRPile—Sad, Black, and Fat: Musings from the Intersection by Tangela Williams-Spann

I love discovering new authors through Twitter writing chats. That’s how I met Tangela Williams-Spann. When she had put a call out to podcasters a few weeks ago, I let her know I was interested in interviewing her! I was so happy when she accepted, and the plan is to have Tangela Williams-Spann as a …

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The Great Equalizer Known as Receiving Submission Rejections

I wrote a post for the Spoonie Authors Network! The topic of rejections has been on my mind these days, so I wanted to share my points of view as an author and anthology editor.

With quotes from Nathan Caro Fréchette, Jamieson Wolf, April Laramey, and Christina Robins! (Thanks, awesome humans!)

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Who loves receiving rejections? Isn’t it super fun? Submission rejections are my fave.

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Yeah, sorry, I can’t even joke-fake enthusiasm for them. For me, a rejection of my work stings like neuropathy, even if I can reason that it might not be a problem with the quality of my writing, but that the story isn’t a good fit for the publisher.

I don’t know about you, but perhaps the most difficult thing for me as an author when receiving a rejection is not knowing the reason why. And I completely empathize that it’s way too much work for most editors and publishers to give out this information. It would probably be an administrative nightmare for them.

“When one of my novels or stories is rejected, I have a moment or two of wondering why they didn’t like me or my story. Every book is…

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I’ll be a panelist at the Weeknight Writers Exploring Story Structure Con on July 3!

Squee! I love these virtual cons, and Canadian Fantasy Author Dianna Gunn knows how to put together a great one-day event! It's FREE, too! I'm so excited to be a panelist for Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion (11am-12pm EDT, July 3), with moderator Steven Savage and fellow panelists Stephen Graham King, Crystal Storm, …

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