Guys: If you’re gonna write about sex, make it sexy!

Over the years, I’ve read and edited a lot of manuscripts. Most men cannot write about sex worth a damn. They’re terrible (most of them, anyway). It’s true! Talk about lame. Ugh! When you find yourself rolling your eyes or emitting a deep belly laugh, then you know the scene is anything BUT sensuous or erotic. Guys, please, if you’re not adept at writing sex scenes, DON’T! Don’t name your penises, either. You end up sounding silly, not sexy.

On editing

“I once told a writer to grow a pair before he sent me his next piece because he was writing like a pussy. I get downright nasty when I have to. Whatever it takes to get the best out of him I possibly can. Because that’s my job.”
—”Editing,” by Laurie Laliberte

OPT IN here to receive Scribe & Quill for 2010

Scribe & Quill is using a new e-zine host this year! Whether you’re a long-time subscriber or a new subscriber, you’ll need to OPT IN so you can receive future copies of Scribe & Quill e-zine. It’s delivered only four times a year, so you won’t be buried by mail. 🙂 Our latest subscriber count was 6,300+ as of January 2010.

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Revised guidelines for 2010

Be sure to take a look at our revised guidelines for Scribe & Quill:

What’s new:

* We no longer accept fiction
* We no longer accept poetry

In addition, Zinester has shut down and no longer hosts our e-zine mailing list; therefore, please be sure you have your correct e-mail address to us so you can be sure to keep receiving issues, which arrive in spring, summer, fall and winter. The first issue of 2010 will be released this month, in mid-May.

Summer issue will be out by August
Fall issue will be out by November
Winter issue will be out by February

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Bev Sninchak
Editor/Publisher, Scribe & Quill

Beginning March 21: guest blogger and Fear of Writing author Milli Thornton to post monthly writing prompts based on your zodiac sign!

I’m pleased and excited to announce a monthly collaboration with my friend and author colleague, Milli Thornton, beginning March 21, 2009!

Recurring monthly, Milli Thornton, author of Fear of Writing will be a regular guest blogger at my Elemental Musings blog. Milli really enjoyed my book, Sun Signs for Writers, and asked if she could do monthly prompts for each sun sign beginning in March with Aries. Of course I said yes!

If you aren’t familiar with Milli’s work, she’s a fantastic author, mentor and writing instructor. BUY her book, Fear of Writing, and visit her website TODAY:

I’m thrilled and pleased beyond measure to collaborate with Milli on this project! She has some amazing writing prompts, so your Muse will be revved and ready once you try them!

Because she’s generous, Milli asked if I, too, would be a guest on her blog, the Fear of Writing blog. And, of course, I said yes! I’ll be blogging about writing and creativity, but you’ll have to drop by to check out the specifics 😉 My blog will drop the first week of March, so stop by! Thanks, Milli, for this opportunity!

Writers, bookmark this site and put March 21st on your calendar. Then come back here each and every month to check out the specialized writing prompts Milli’s cooked up for YOUR astrological sign!

Celestial Best Wishes,

Bev  😉

Editor/Publisher, Scribe & Quill

Author, Sun Signs for Writers

Editor’s note for 2009

Happy new year from all of us at Scribe & Quill!

This past year was full of changes on both personal and professional levels. On a personal level, I got married in August. On a professional level, I stayed busy with a myriad of writing and editing jobs. The end of 2008, I added the title of writing coach to my resume. This coming year I plan to keep the momentum going on all fronts.

In 2009, my fourth book, Hidden Fire, is due for release by Whiskey Creek Press. I’ve also been offered the position of Director of Education for an online author school. In addition, I’ll continue to write articles, edit manuscripts and coach writers. Many fascinating opportunities are on the horizon, and I plan to stay busy. But my heart, soul and roots remain planted firmly in Scribe & Quill. They always will!

As you already know, Scribe & Quill no longer publishes monthly. Because of my work schedule and other obligations, I decided to publish the newsletter four times a year, rather than twelve. It’s possible that, in the future, the newsletter may go monthly again, but I don’t foresee it at this time. However, Scribe & Quill will continue publication through 2009 and beyond–just as it has (in some form or another) since 1997. I can’t believe we’re going into our 12th year of publication! That’s a mind-blower for sure!

As an addition to our services for the new year, my husband, who is a professional videographer and video editor, is offering his book promo video services to authors of all genres. For a limited time, Scribe & Quill readers/subscribers will receive a discounted rate. Most authors can’t afford to sink $500 or more into a single book video promo, which is why my husband decided to launch Paul’s Promos, a book video design service that offers an affordable alternative for those of us who have limited funds, but who still want and need a quality book promo. To receive a quote, e-mail Paul at or visit his MySpace profile to view samples of book videos he’s already created.

Scribe & Quill’s first quarterly issue of 2009 will be linked on the home page as well as available at our Zinester page. For previous issues, visit our Archives section. Our quarterly issues for 2009 will be Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The Web site is always under revision, so be sure to clear your cache and refresh your browser each time you visit.

Please note the addresses of our TWO official sites are: and The .com site is no longer associated with the original Scribe & Quill. It was yanked out from beneath us and now some person or company I don’t even know owns the domain. So if you see anything going on over at the .com site, it’s not the original Scribe & Quill and I have nothing to do with that domain.

If you’re a first-time visitor to Scribe & Quill, here are some pages you might want to visit:

To access the Media Kit:
For guidelines, visit:
For advertising, visit:
Archived issues can be located at:

S & Q has an opt-in subscriber list of over 6,000. I hope we will not only keep our current subscribers, but build upon that base over the coming year. As the new year dawns, I want to thank each and every one of you for your subscriber-ship and submissions.

Now I present to you the 2009 journey of Scribe & Quill. 😉

Questions? E-mail me at


Bev Sninchak, writing as Bev Walton-Porter
Editor/Publisher – Scribe & Quill