Author Archives: B A Binns

Voice and Ownvoices

I can’t count the number of times I have heard that word used by agents and editors at a writers conference I attended in the fall. Prairie Writers and Illustrators day is a yearly one-day affair by the Illinois chapter … Continue reading

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More on the “Color Blind” thing

When I was a kid, we used to have a song we sang when we walked down the street, deliberately bumping into people we didn’t like. I am blind and I can’t see, and if I knock you down don’t you … Continue reading

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So You Say You Don’t See Color

At first, the question the novice writer asked seemed simple. A member of one of my writing groups asked whether describing one of her characters as “a black man” was racist.  That one word (racist, not black) often seems utterly … Continue reading

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It feels good to be known

I was recognized today. When you are a writer, that’s important. Even when, no especially when, another author knows your name. I attended a writing workshop at the Northbrook, Illinois public library about crafting YA characters.  The library holds a … Continue reading

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Courage Spotlight – Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a quiet epidemic, hitting 25% of all women, and 7.6 percent of men at some point in their lives.  October is Domestic Violence month, for the millions of men, women and children who live within violent homes … Continue reading

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Courage Spotlight – Sickle Cell Disease

There are many kinds of courage. Living with Sickle Cell Disease requires more than one of them. Dontae Morrow is twelve, and does not want to be labeled the sick kid. He may have to live with sickle cell disease, … Continue reading

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Finding a Literary Agent

This post is a response to a question about how I got an agent, from someone about to start the process of searching for one of their own. The timing on was excellent. I have been commissioned to create a … Continue reading

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Revision is a Bitch

Revision is a bitch, with a capital B! I once wrote a post about the differences between revising and editing a manuscript at (https://romancingthegenres.blogspot.com/2015/08/revision-and-editing.html) Those actions require two different skill sets and produce two different levels of pain. Revision means … Continue reading

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The Gift of #Ownvoices

I gave myself an extra special holiday gift this year. Was it expensive? Absolutely. Was it worth it?    Again, a resounding yes. Will I do it again? Read further and see the answer. What was this present – well, a … Continue reading

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Policies On Diversity Are Only The Beginning

Some thing require more than just a diversity policy. An organizational policy on diversity is a lot like a school policy against bullying. It may make the people on top, school boards, administrators, teachers and counselors, feel good. It certainly … Continue reading

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