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Appearances

I am more than happy to speak to schools, community groups, etc. I am a licensed teacher and love presenting at writer's conferences. Please contact me if you are interested in having me come.



Review Policies: 

I am more than happy to review books on my blog, host guest posts or be part of blog tours or contests. I am very selective about which books I actually review as I have many demands on my time. I am, however, almost always open to doing a spotlight on a book on my blog. 







What I'm Most Interested In: 

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Young Adult/Middle Grade of all genres 
  • Religious/LDS Fiction 
What I Don't Want:

  • Romance
  • Anything with explicit content such as pervasive profanity, explicit sexual scenes, or pervasive graphic violence. In movie terms, I like to keep it at a PG-13 rating or lower. 
I accept both physical copies (either ARC or finished product) and digital copies, preferably in pdf or Kindle format. Contact me through the contact form or send an email to thecanticlekingdom (at) gmail (dot) com.

Disclaimer: Writing, work, family and musical pursuits keep me very busy. I will try my best to read your manuscript in a timely fashion. I ask, however, that you have patience with me. I will give every book an objective review, though I don't give out stars or ratings, as I feel that such things are too subjective. 

Aspiring Authors

Have you always wanted to write a novel or see one of your short stories in print?  Have you been working such a project, or even have one completed, but don’t know what to do with?

I've been helped so many times with writing and publishing that I want to repay the favor.  I am willing help any aspiring author on their road to publication.  Here's how it works. 


Do any two of the following things:

· Follow my blog. (Button on the homepage)
· Follow my author page on Facebook.
· Follow me on Twitter.
· Sign up for my newsletter. (Send “Subscribe" to thecanticlekingdom@gmail.com)


Here is what I will do for you:

· Read up to 20 pages of a manuscript and give you general feedback.
· Read over a query letter and give you feedback.
· Give you suggestions of markets to submit your work to.
· Answer any questions you might have about writing/submitting/publishing.
 
All of this is free of charge and open to people of all ages and experience.  Send all requests to thecanticlekingdom (at) gmail (dot) com.   I look forward to seeing what you have!


Editing Services

Check out my gigs on Fiverr.com: http://www.fiverr.com/mdybyu


Rate: $1.00/page (standard manuscript format, 12pt font, double spaced)
Special rate for writers under 19: $0.75/page.


Recommended Genres:
Fantasy (all kinds), Science Fiction, Historical Fiction


Other Genres I’ll Accept:
Mystery, Horror, General/Literary


Genres to Avoid:
Romance, Erotica, Self-Help


To submit, email me at thecanticlekingdom (at) gmail (dot) com. When I request the manuscript please send it in .rtf, .doc, or .docx format.  It should have a common 12 pt font such as Arial or Times New Roman with 1 inch margins all around, and be double spaced. Manuscripts not formatted correctly may be sent back for reformatting.


Time Frame: The time frame is negotiable, depending on the length of the work.  Please give me as much time as possible before a deadline. 

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