Category: Editorial

Describers vs. Prescribers: Reaching a Linguistic Common Ground

When I published my first collection of short stories, a reviewer said that the book had grammatical errors, albeit small ones. This shocked me, as the book had been professionally edited and proofread. So, I reached out and asked her for an example. “You start a sentence with a gerund,” she said. “So?” I asked. “So, that’s […]

Lady Margaret Cavendish, Science Fiction Author of the 1600s

Who wrote the first science fiction story? Most people may mention authors like Mary Shelley or Jules Verne. A few may remember A True Story; a parody of travel tales set on the moon, written by the Greek-speaking Assyrian author Lucian of Samosata in the 2nd century AD. Remarkably few, however, will remember Lady Margaret […]

In Praise Of Singular They

Azure Fire Publishing authors believe in editing our books to perfection before publishing them. Like most authors, part of our process involves beta readers. One of them recently complained about my use of singular they, which she assumed were typos. This prompted this post. What is Singular They? Wikipedia defines singular they as the use in English of the […]

The Brautigan Library Of Unpublished Manuscripts

Azure Fire Publishing is dedicated to promoting literacy and helping authors publish and promote their youth-friendly fantasy and science fiction books. We even offer free publication to the winners of our writing challenges. But what about those poor souls who never do manage to get published? The Brautigan Library If you’re an as yet unpublished writer, fret […]

Famous Author Rejections: Why You Should Never Give Up

I am sharing this infographic on famous author rejections, created by the very talented Kiara Halligan for GalaxyEssay. If you want to help ensure that more worthy books are published, please consider a donation to AFP or a gift of stock! Famous author Rejections: Why You Should Never Give Up A publisher once wrote a rejection […]

Writers: Stop Romanticizing Rejection

Here at Azure Fire Publishing, we want to promote youth-friendly fantasy and science fiction through writing challenges. We offer publishing contracts to those who succeed, helping them enter the publishing industry. Part of our reasoning is that we have identified a system failure in the publishing industry; one that we are keen to address (you […]

Science Fiction Books That Forecast The Future

Ever since I can remember myself, I have loved science fiction.  I loved reading it as a child, even if I could not explain the thrill I felt when reading Jules Verne’s or HG Wells’ works. Recently, I felt vindicated in my love of the genre, when I read the following comment by Neil Gaiman on The […]

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