Help Desk: Book Reviews / Manuscript Beta Readers

When my daughters were toddlers, my mother would remind me

“No one thinks a precocious baby is cute except her parents.”

Nothing could be further away from the truth because my baby girls were adorable!

Ok, her point was others wouldn’t be as fascinated with my children as I am…and she was correct.

The same can be said for authors and their books and manuscripts.

There are very few people outside of a circle of loved ones (and when it comes to manuscripts maybe not even them) who want to read and review an unsolicited manuscript.

In fact, in an unscientific poll, undergoing a root canal would rank higher but you can turn the odds in your favor. Continue reading “Help Desk: Book Reviews / Manuscript Beta Readers”

What Young Folk Say | The Word Detective

slang-creative-commons-licenseCurve: (verb) to reject a potential suitors romantic advances

First Known Use: No Clue.

Spotted on Twitter (10-19-16) when tweets described Singer Jazmine Sullivan’s actions towards Atlanta gospel singer Thomas TC Clay-2 who recently passed away (10-15-16).  Sullivan confessed in Facebook tribute –1  how she kept her distance from “TC” whom she thought had a crush on her.

Twitter response echoed this one:

"Curving Dudes Beyond the Grave"
“Curving Dudes Beyond the Grave”

Origin/Etymology question:  Is this slang word “Curving”  based on the move a dog/rabbit makes when you run and try to catch them?

Let me know.