Betsy McMillan
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Betsy McMillan replied to jeff herman's discussion DOES ANYONE WRITE ABOUT POLITICS AND SOCIAL ISSUES? in the group Non-fiction
"I sometimes discuss political or social issues on my blog. I'm not one to proselytize, but when I have a strong opinion about something, I tend to write about it, if for no other reason than to blow off steam.  Once in a while, the topic…"
Sep 17, 2012
Betsy McMillan replied to John T Cullen's discussion MY BOOK IS THE WORST EVER WRITTEN. NO, THE BEST. NO, JUST OKAY...? in the group self- publishing
"You are right. I did find "ayem" in Wikipedia (Ayem is a small town in central western Gabon), but not in the context of time. I searched multiple dictionaries before I called the author on its use. I could also understand if it was used…"
Jun 1, 2012
Betsy McMillan replied to John T Cullen's discussion MY BOOK IS THE WORST EVER WRITTEN. NO, THE BEST. NO, JUST OKAY...? in the group self- publishing
"I've read quite a few self-published Kindle books of late. For the most part, I can ignore typos and funky little grammar and punctuation errors. The things that truly grate on my nerves tend to be glaring problems, such as cutting and pasting…"
Jun 1, 2012
Betsy McMillan posted a blog post

When writing takes a back seat... (From The Fractured Anecdote)

Everyone has something that they truly like doing. Some like sports; some like acting; some like reading…you get my drift. When they indulge themselves in their pursuits, they find comfort and a modicum of satisfaction that they can’t find elsewhere. I get that feeling from writing. So why is it that when I put off doing something else to get writing accomplished I feel guilty, as though I am being selfish by putting my need to write above other things?It’s always:  I can’t write until the…See More
May 27, 2012
Betsy McMillan replied to Kelly Kirk's discussion Average Cost to Edit? in the group Fiction
"I'm a writer and editor, like Caroline.  But even though I write and edit for a living in my day job, like most writers, I am too close to my own work.  I can get it to the point where it is almost error free.  I actually sold a…"
May 7, 2012
Betsy McMillan replied to Kelly Kirk's discussion Average Cost to Edit? in the group Fiction
"It also depends on what you expect of the editor.  A line by line copy edit is a much different cost that a read over for flow, consistency, style and readability.  As a member of the National Writer's Union, I choose a fellow…"
May 5, 2012
Betsy McMillan replied to Haseena Patel's discussion Do you think fiction is supposed to entertain or to educate? in the group Fiction
"I never meant to imply that entertainment had to be mindless.  There is a difference between entertaining that is thought provoking and fiction that is meant to subtly brainwash the reader into adopting the thought processes, belief…"
Apr 15, 2012
Betsy McMillan replied to Haseena Patel's discussion Do you think fiction is supposed to entertain or to educate? in the group Fiction
"I read fiction for entertainment.  I read textbooks and non-fiction for education.  When I write fiction, I write what I like to read; therefore, I write to entertain.  I know several authors whose sole purpose for writing fiction is…"
Apr 15, 2012
Betsy McMillan replied to jeff herman's discussion DO YOU PUT RELATIVES AND FRIENDS IN YOUR STORIES? in the group Fiction
"If the character is definitively a friend or relative by description or actiono and not presented in a good light, you usually have more than a little trouble on your hands.  However, if you red-shirt a friend or relative with their…"
Apr 5, 2012
Betsy McMillan commented on jeff herman's blog post WHY IS NO ONE ANSWERING ME?
"These are the most valuable lessons I have learned to date regarding finding a publisher or agent to represent your work. Object Lesson One: Doing your homework is an extremely important part of the process.  I was shopping a non-fiction book…"
Mar 1, 2012

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Website
http://www.memcmillan.com
What do you do?
Writer, Freelance Editor
What school did you attend?
OSU and CSU
What is your hometown?
Cleveland
What are some of your interests?
Music, Writing, Reading, Food, Technology

A bit about me....

In addition to full-time writing/editing responsibilities at a pharmaceutical research organization where I’m the head writer and editor, I’ve been a freelance commercial writer for a Detroit advertising agency, creating product manuals, showroom catalogues and voice scripts for General Motors.

I’ve authored four non-fiction books with a fifth book currently seeking a publishing home.  Several novels are lingering on my hard drive in various stages of completion.  I tend to blog (The Fractured Anecdote) only when I’ve got something to say, which varies from daily to monthly. 

I’ve been a featured speaker for several organizations including the National Writers Union, the American Association of University Women and the American Business Women’s Association.  I also sing professionally, and I’m always interested in providing musical vocals or voiceovers.  

Some might describe me as a queen of multi-tasking, and I wish I could learn to say “no” more often.  Really I’m just a writer who wants to share the market with the J.K. Rowlings and Stephen Kings of the book world without losing my mind in the process!

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When writing takes a back seat... (From The Fractured Anecdote)

Posted on May 26, 2012 at 10:05am 0 Comments

Everyone has something that they truly like doing. Some like sports; some like acting; some like reading…you get my drift. When they indulge themselves in their pursuits, they find comfort and a modicum of satisfaction that they can’t find elsewhere. I get that feeling from writing. So why is it that when I put off doing something else to get writing accomplished I feel guilty, as though I am being selfish by putting…

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