Those who lack an appreciation for wit, humor (including the sub-genres of dry, smug, British, German [is there really such a thing?], stupid, childish, infantile, wise-cracking, dim-witted, bawdy, dull, and silly), and self-deprecation should read no further.


Welcome to The Raucous Writer

Observations and musings about stuff by the founder and creator of the #ASAWL movement and website


May 13, 2017

Have you scratched your head and wondered what all those writing genre acronyms really mean?  I did, and after much research, I've figured it out, and am sharing my knowledge as a public service: 

1.  YA:  young adult.   Books for adolescents, many of which involve...

May 12, 2017

There are plenty of contests and for-cost seminars, webinars, and conferences to help existing and newbie authors hone their query letters into razor-sharp weapons which, like the brilliant plumes of a peacock, are aimed at getting attention. All of them typically invo...

May 8, 2017

I am not a native Texan, but have lived in Texas, on and off, for decades.  Over the years, I've learned that Texans sometimes treat grammatical rules like guidelines, and that some Texas euphemisms make no immediate sense.

For authors seeking authenticity in their Texa...

May 3, 2017

Query letter rejections in the alternate universe range from polite ("It's not me, it's you," or "[insert literary agent's name] is just not that into you") to the concise ("Just no.").  Regardless of which one you may receive, RW (that's RaucousWriter) has some sugges...

April 30, 2017

Submission guidelines remind me of courts' local rules, which vary widely depending on the region.  In these local rules, judges dictate everything from preferred fonts and mandatory filing dates to page margins and limits.  Sound familiar?

The literary agent...

April 30, 2017

This post is the first in a series of indeterminable length.  Why?  Because I haven't rounded up all of the funny pieces in my head yet.  Sometimes, they hide when I chase them, only to reappear in the middle of the night or at inopportune moments, such as when I'm wor...

April 30, 2017

and trying to land a modeling contract and vying to be the one the guy picks on that multi-women dating show at the same time.  Why?  Because it involves strangers making  a snap judgment about your worth based on appearance, in this case, the appearance of a three par...

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