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Sent in the final final version of my book. 119,794 words, 886 endnotes. It's ginormous. (I was supposed to write a short book of about 75k words. I also cut out 30k words). I wrote about 30k words of notes for each of the 18 chapters. #AmWriting #TeamRhetoric
I imagine all of this is pretty typical for an academic book. Just wanted to give the behind the scenes deets for non-academic folks.
I've written the book in a public scholarship voice (like my other public writing) because I want everyone to be able to read it, not just academics.

I don't know what it will cost yet, but my publisher has promised to keep the cost low so that it will be affordable.
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Look for Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump in February or March 2020.

Here is a video of me talking about Trump’s rhetoric:
Who wants to write a blurb?
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RESOURCES FOR WRITERS: a list of organisations, opportunities & support, which you really ought to have on your writerly radar, and which I wish had been on my own radar earlier in my career. Hope you find them useful. #thread #amwriting #writer
If you're a writer, join @Soc_of_Authors. They're great advocates for writers' rights, & offer PDF guides on working as a writer, specific advice on contracts etc for members & discounts on books! They also offer grants for work in progress & run annual awards.
@Soc_of_Authors Anyone in the arts should be aware of @ace_national (or @CreativeScots / @Arts_Wales_ / @ArtsCouncilNI, depending where you're based). They support writers through fundings opportunities - for individuals & organisations.
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"Never, Forever:" A #GreyDawn #microfiction thread. #lesfic #amwriting #civilwar

In which the last survivor of Buford's division, timeslipped to the 21st century, returns to that hallowed ground.
12 September 2021
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Where can I even begin, to do justice to the feelings that well in my heart on being on this hallowed ground? How can I even express what it means-- will I ever be heard, if I even essay to do so?
In a sense, I suppose it is moot to ponder such things. After all, I've come here to speak to a gathering at one of the liveliest bookstores in town, to discuss my memoir, and to share reminiscences of this and the rest of my war for abolition and union.
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Good morning, bbs. After thoughtfully reading your suggestions, I’ve officially decided to name this unicorn bottle hugger toy Mx. Taffeta Champagne Sparkles—Taffy if ya nasty. Mx. Sparkles uses she/her or they/them pronouns & enjoys clinging to things to bring joy to the world.
Keep an eye out for my “adventures” with Taffy this academic year as I go up for tenure & write my second book while on fellowship leave. I anticipate having many days where Mx. Sparkles is the only being I interact with all day. 🙃 #unicorn #AmWriting #ThingsIDoToAmuseMyself
You can follow Taffy on @instagram now: taffetachampagnesparkles. You’re welcome.
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Let’s talk about the first paragraph of a query letter! In my mind this is the most important part to get right, and I want to share some thoughts on how to make it strong.

#querytip #amquerying #amwriting #amediting
I look for the first paragraph of a query letter to include a birdseye view of the project—AKA the basic stats (title + age group + genre + word count), as well as a sentence-long elevator pitch. This grounds the agent in the project + shows that you know your stuff. #querytip
Something like: BIPPITY BOPPITY BOOP is a YA Romance at 80,000 words in which a young magician enters a televised magic competition only to find out that the competition is rigged to make the producer’s son win—and even worse, she’s falling in love with him. 🧙🏼‍♀️🧙🏼‍♂️✨💜
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#1 A true story of chance, risk & reward, for anyone creating in isolation (or for whom building & sustaining a creative life has few precedents in their family/class/culture)

[a winding #AmWriting #FridayFeeling thread for a rainy day]
#2 I've been staying this week with my friend & mentor, the sculptor #DavidNash. He committed to life as an artist in his 20s, making firm & unusual choices towards that. (@Museum_Cardiff has a fine exhibition of his 50 years at Capel Rhiw, Blaenau. At @TownerGallery from Sept).
#3 Likewise, I'd always wanted to be a writer. But coming from a single parent, working class, rural background, I was risk averse. A First in English got me a job in TV, but I soon retreated to a secure admin job. Saved, read thousands of books, made notes. Twenty years passed.
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Good morning bbs. We are so close to the weekend! Today I’m attending a protest & having lunch with a colleague so my work #goals are minimal:
-Complete reverse outline process to re-organize my book chapter

Don’t know what a reverse outline is? Ooh baby are you in for a treat!
Thread on #writing & #revision: A reverse outline is a way to see the structure of what you’ve written in a draft in order to reorganize it. You start by marking up a pdf or print copy of your draft & numbering every paragraph. My book chap has 33 paragraphs.
Once you’ve numbered, make a list from 1 to whatever number of paragraphs you have. Re-read each paragraph & write a short summary (a phrase, not even a sentence) describing what each paragraph is about or doing.
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For this morning's THREAD, I present a challenge.

By the time this thread is over, you'll have a Twitter-sized pitch for whatever you're writing. And it'll be a good one.

Let's go #writers living a #writerslife as a member of the #WritingCommunity who are #amwriting
A pitch is a sharp singular presentation with one goal: to make the person receiving the pitch want more information.

It's not a summary.
It's not a ramble.

It's the start of a conversation that will lead to questions and reading and more talking.
A pitch is less about context (world-building) and more about the stakes of that context (the thing that's in danger/risked/a problem) and how the character is going to have to do something about it.
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YEP! New thread time. Today is a good day to talk about doxxing and harassing. So in conclusion: Don't do it. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.
Okay wait there's more... #WritingCommunity #AmWriting
Let me tell you a story. You see, several of the people I'm Twitter friends with have been consistently harassed, doxxed and yes even threatened by others on Twitter. It's a long story as to how it started, but it kept on going...
Troll accounts were set up to specifically target these individuals. The troll tweets included posting real names, partner names. even going after their children. To a lesser degree, I was harassed as well with this "not so clever" twist on my account and name:
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@LAMcGinnis1520 @JMorgynWhite “What are you doing?” She struggled to keep an edge in her voice. She’d missed him, missed them…even if his position forbade associating with witches.

Kerry lifted a hand to brush her cheek. He waited, never taking his eyes from hers.
#denimag #midnightwritersclub #microfiction
@LAMcGinnis1520 @JMorgynWhite She couldn’t move away; truth be told, she wanted their spark again. So she dipped her head, and his touch was a sweeter comfort than she remembered.

“I’m getting what I came for,” he answered in a voice like honey.
#denimag #amwriting #microstory #writingcommunity
@LAMcGinnis1520 @JMorgynWhite Cupping her neck, he pulled her forward. She went like the fireflies in the dark, breathing into the kiss, relishing his lips on hers.

Then something burning cold wrapped her wrist. Magic, shackling her to the spot.
#denimag #amwriting #microstory #WritingCommunity #amwriting
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Tonight is the #denimag #smutfest
Voted on & decided by popular opinion this installment features A Deceitful Knight & Witch. Watch this thread for the next couple of hours & decide their fates... #amwriting #writingcommunity #microfiction #slapdashsat #CYOA #midnightwritersclub
Serane walked in shadow, counting the sidewalk cracks. At twenty-six she stopped. An odd way to find the thread tied to the door, but old magic was quirky. She leaned on the brick wall of the building feeling #vestiges of the terratracker she was here to dispel. #vss365 #denimag
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Personal PR can add value to a freelancer's work. Now that you're an instant expert on X after publishing a story about it, how many ways can you talk about it & then get seen by other editors or producers, and maybe get more work? #Thread #PRforwriters #scicomm #amwriting #PR
Radio shows & some podcasts have producers: listen to recent eps then find their 'about us' page and send a short pitch to the person whose purview looks like a good fit for you. Here's one I booked myself onto recently, on a subject I cover for @mongabay…
Say how your recent story about X is a good fit, given their previous coverage of X (demonstrating that you do your homework and are not in the business of wasting a personal finance #podcast producer's time with your pitch about squirrel intelligence). #prforwriters #scicomm #PR
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I’ve never read a truer thing about writing (and literature). And this is only the second chapter of Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter. This book is a masterpiece!

Over a few pages, Frank Bascombe talks about why he gave up writing his novel:
“Why did I quit writing?...we both got gloomy in an attempt to be serious, and...didn’t understand the vital necessity of the play of light and dark in literature. I thought my stories were good at the time...they seemed to have a feeling for the human dilemma... was also true that there were a good many descriptions of the weather and the moon...and many of them ended with men staring out snowy windows...they also seemed to depend on silence a lot. I seemed, I felt later to have been stuck in bad stereotypes...
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#CampNaNoWriMo Day 1
"Teaching baby-faced boys how to treat foreign leaders with respect was NOT in her job description."
#amwriting #amwritingfantasy #CampNaNo
#CampNaNoWriMo Day 2
"We were just attacked by a shape-shifting sorcerer who pretended to be one of my subordinates, I can be as unladylike as I want."
#amwriting #amwritingfantasy #CampNaNo2019
#CampNaNoWriMo Day 3
Not as many words today, but that's ok!

“Put the weapon down, ma’am. You don’t want to start a fight with me.”
Myrina inhaled sharply, like she was about to say something, then didn’t.

#amwriting #amwritingfantasy #CampNaNo2019
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I #amwriting my last section of my book! So excited. It's on paralipsis and Russia and Trump's "If you're listening..." expect a lot of tweets about that mess in the next few days.
When the Obama Admin discovered that Russia had been hacking the election they had a conference call with a bunch of Secretaries of State to try to shore up state-level voting tech and procedures. There was a lot of push back at the state level (federal takeover non-sense).
Quoted in the 2017 WaPo on this is Georgia's Brian Kemp, who, guess what??--did not believe that Russia had hacked our election and thought that Obama was plotting against Republicans.…
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I'm in my office, finishing this section on Trump and authoritarianism today. I found an ironic twist that I hadn’t anticipated, but should have. Always with the irony, that guy. 27 days of book. #AmWriting
Also! Roger Stone makes a surprise cameo. That guy is everywhere!
Finished my section on Trump and authoritarianism, it turned out that he's eroding democratic norms for rhetorical effect to appeal to authoritarian voters, I argued.

Up to 820 endnotes, for anyone who is counting! Only one section left, on Russia and paralipsis.
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Okay, I promised to share my thoughts this week on Paul Silvia's *How to Write a Lot* for #PhDSkills and since I'm at a break in the conference and it's Friday, I'd better do it now! Ready? #amwriting
Silvia's entire approach centers on writing productively. As in producing words, pages, articles, books, etc. And in his view, productive writing is a skill, which means you can learn how to do it. #PhDSkills #amwriting
My POV? I just wrote a lot. I turned in my dissertation last week. It included a massive data project and the research took years. But I wrote the whole thing in about a year; the vast majority of it in a 4-month window at the end of last year. #PhDSkills #amwriting
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I #AmWriting. Finished a section on Trump using ad populum appeals to position his frustrated followers as fellow heroes & part of his movement to rid the nation of corruption. Next: how he used American Exceptionalism & authoritarian appeals to claim "I alone can fix it."
For those of you who have been following along as I basically write my book in public, THANK YOU! I'm getting really close. Two more sections to go and then go back through and make it all make sense together and then I'll have a done draft.
It seems one thing that will be of particular interest and perhaps perplexing to people is that a demagogue can be both a hero and a villian. I call these "heroic demagogues" and "dangerous demagogues." Trump overtly campaigned as a demagogue.
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A heads up to fellow #writers out there, regardless of genre.

You might have heard about #CopyPasteCris. Something that's come to light, or rather been finally spotlighted after some readers & others raised hell that we all need to be aware of AND ACT ON.…
Scammers are buying proliferating on the #KindleUnlimited platform which hurts all authors whether they use @AmazonKDP or not, whether you're traditionally published, with a small press or go the indie route.
These people are literally SELLING & RESELLING manuscripts & copyright only to repackage, recover & release as a brand new book under another author's name (with a shiny, new fake copyright, too). This is deceptive as hell. @AmazonKDP @Amazonhelp has been notified to no avail.
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a periodic reminder that I have a Patreon if you wish to support my work & writings. for as little as $1 per month! at higher pledge levels, you may be eligible for rewards, such as free eBooks or signed copies of any of my previous books...…
Patreon is basically what allows me to write pieces that most mainstream news & media outlets wouldn't allow me to publish – for example, my latest: Origins of "Social Contagion" and "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria"… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ
many other Patreon-supported essays can be found on my Medium page. unlike many Medium pieces, none of these are monetized (thanks to my patrons), so read as many as you want & freely share them with others!… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #feminism #activism
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1. You
2. Can't
3. Build
4. An
5. Army
6. Of
7. Fans
8. On
9. Social media before they're already fans of your work so
10. Become part of a community by being yourself.
The usual disclaimer: YMMV, my way is not the only way, everyone's journey is different. Advice is intended for new writers of genre fiction in the US aiming for traditional publishing. I'm a straight white cis lady, so your difficulty setting may be higher.
1. Why do people follow you on social media? Because you add value to their life. If you don't have a book out that they love, don't expect them to follow you as a fan. Find another way to add value. Helpful links, encouragement, recipes, poems, whatever you can do consistently.
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Back into flow. Read the S&S reboot; I think I did good with that one.

Now moving on to Mars’ Rich Livery (Kit Marlow ref; Regency Vampires). It’s in a rebuild draft. I’ve got the first half rebuilt; the second half is still old.


I’m reading, editing, writing.
Here’s a fun thing about the English language in 1815, and specifically the combination of English provincialism & the Napoleonic Wars: they were missing a lot of concepts and cultural references. Like... the concept of vampire.

There’s no communicable undead in English myths.
The word, and concept, hit the language in 1734, in a small press pamphlet that’s not far off from a basic blog (of the time).

But it doesn’t gain traction until... 1816 & the shittiest Swiss house party ever, the same one that produced Frankenstein.

Thank a volcano for that.
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Now, if you'd like to see what and who in our community is up to no good, please refer to the following tweets with vital information so we can STOP attacking the victims involved in this situation.
First up! Introducing Author Lissa Gromley (@AuthorLissa) who was part of the Sassy Literary Ladies, a group consisting of several authors across genres that eventually turned on her and caused the chaos taking over the #writingcommunity today, see here:
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