Editor Jenny Margotta is an author and professional editor. As an author her portfolio includes technical articles and in-house publications written during her years in the corporate world, as well as opinion pieces, award-winning short stories, two fantasy-adventure novels, and a poignant novel about the emotional journey of a woman suffering the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. As a professional editor, Jenny has edited over 140 full-length books and numerous short stories in a wide variety of genres. She has also formatted over 140 books and has designed more than 50 book covers. She freelances for a Stories to Tell Books, a small publishing house on the East Coast, and works closely with the High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club, as well as various independent authors across the country. She assists writers through every step of the writing process from a basic idea to putting words on a page to holding a printed book in their hands. Jenny can be contacted at email@example.com.
Public Speaker Jenny Margotta began performing in public at the age of three. Over the years she has both acted and directed in several stage productions. She has sung in numerous choirs and ensembles, toured Europe with a musical group, and for many organizations and in clubs, both on her own and with instrumental backup. She freely admits she seldom passes up an opportunity to take center stage and rarely if ever needs a microphone. She is articulate, well-spoken, and knows how to get a laugh—or a tear—from an audience. She has given presentations to Seniors With Inquiring Minds, California Retired Teachers, the Hesperia Public Library, the Wrightwood Historical Museum, the Mojave River Valley Museum, Barstow Senior Citizens Center, the Ridgecrest Branch of the California Writers Club, numerous presentations for her own High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club, and has taught classes in various writing and editing techniques at the Federal Correctional Center and, through the Dorothy C. Blakely Memoir Project at the Academy for Academic Excellence in Apple Valley, California, and University Preparatory High School in Victorville, California. As an author her portfolio includes technical articles and in-house publications for the corporate world, opinion pieces, award-winning short stories, two fantasy-adventure novels, and a poignant novel about the emotional journey of a woman suffering the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. She is currently working on her next novel, Paisan, a World War II-era novel, an excerpt of which has already won an award. Her editing credits to date include editing over 140 full-length books, formatting over 100 books, and designing more than 50 book covers. She is a freelance editor for Stories To Tell Books, a small publishing house on the East Coast, works closely with authors in the High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club, and independent authors across the country. Ms. Margotta can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing dialogue can be so much fun—and so much work. When it’s done correctly, it can individualize your characters and add a delightful layer to your stories. When it’s done incorrectly . . . well, let’s not go there. Dialogue should sound as if the reader is actually listening to real people having real conversations. People speak in partial sentences and contractions. They break all the rules of proper grammar and sentence structure. They flavor their speech with regional dialects, acronyms, foreign words, and their own personal idioms. My tips for writing incredible dialogue will help you master the art of writing believable, character-establishing dialogue that will take your story to the next level.
I hear so many people tell me they’d love to write a book but they don’t know where to start. “I don’t have a strong enough grasp on all the rules of grammar and punctuation.” “I don’t . . .” “I can’t . . .” “I need to . . .” Those are all excuses. Let me tell you how to kickstart your dream of writing, whether you’re thirteen or ninety-seven. You can do it!
You’ve done your research. You’ve worked and slaved and agonized and the final page has been written. You’re done, right? Probably not. Unless you’re an as-yet-undiscovered creative writing prodigy, your work is going to need to be edited. No matter how good a writer you are, your work can always be better. Even if it’s just tweaking that one adjective or adverb that really nails an emotion. You need a good editor, but there’s a lot you can do on your own before spending money. As a professional editor, my job is to take your great story and make it that much better. But I can give you lots of tips do to on your own that will greatly improve your writing before you pay an editor. And you won’t even need to buy your own copy of the 1,200-plus page The Chicago Manual of Style to master those tips.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say, “Anthologies are a great way to showcase our writers, but publishing one is never profitable.” Not true! The High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club publishes bi-annual anthologies that are not only high-quality, great showcases for our writers but are profitable for our branch as well. Let me tell you how it’s done.
There are two types of people in the world: Those who are scared stiff when faced with the prospect of giving a presentation and those who love them. I fall into the latter category. I have loved engaging an audience since I was a kid acting in school plays and singing on stage. Throughout my professional career, I’ve enjoyed delivering keynotes, participating in panel discussions, giving radio interviews, and singing in 9 countries in Europe and numerous states here in the U.S. I’ve always been a bit of a performer and, let’s face it, giving a presentation is a form of performance. My tips for preparing and delivering great talks will help any presenter speaking on any topic to be successful.
I spent more than twelve years dealing with the heartbreaking effects Alzheimer’s had on my mother. She loved to laugh, but I think she liked to argue and fight just as much. But whatever she did, she did with passion and energy. Alzheimer’s destroyed all that until my mother, the woman who nurtured me and taught me about life, disappeared. Until everything she had been was gone, and all that was left was a stranger. Her story needed to be told, and my book, The Woman in Room 23,is that story. But it’s also the story of those who are tasked with being the caregivers. The Woman is Room 23 is a universal story for those who have experienced the tragedy Alzheimer’s inflicts on a loved one of their own.
“If you really want to do it, you’ll figure out a way to get it done.” Those are my mother’s words, but over the years they have become my personal mantra. I have been physically disabled since the age of 13 months, when, in September of 1953, I was stricken with polio during one of the last outbreaks in the U.S. before the Salk vaccine was introduced. But, partly due to my mother’s encouragement, I refused to be a victim. I refused to listen when over the years, people told me, “You’ll never be able to . . .” I learned to roller skate, ride a bike, walk on stilts, water and snow ski, and even danced—well sort of—at one of my weddings. Now, as a senior citizen and living alone, I’m faced with the challenges of doing my own grocery shopping, and bringing everything into the house, carrying the laundry to and from the laundry room, and all the other physical tasks most people take for granted. But like my mantra, I’ve figured out creative and inspiring ways to get it all done. I still refuse to be a victim.
A fantasy adventure of heroic battles, bloodthirsty villains and demons, and intrepid heroes who combat unrestrained, unwarranted evil in Medieval Europe. This epic adventure is full of intrigue, friendship, evil, and love. Meet Otieno, the ex-slave warrior, Edeva, a thousand-year-old goddess, Aatto, an almost-supernatural wolf, and our hero, Luc d’Lassier, a young boy who is forced to quickly become a man when life destroys all he has known.
Early twelfth century Europe is a world of savagery and lawlessness. This is the world into which Luc d’Lassier was born and the one in which he and his companions must fight against demons and ruthless outlaws who seek to destroy what they cannot conquer. Travel once again with Luc and his unforgettable companions—Edeva, the thousand-year-old goddess; the lovely Corliss; Otieno, the massive warrior; and the ever-faithful wolf, Aatto—as they struggle to overcome the insurmountable obstacles that ensnare them in their quest for . . . resolution. The epic fantasy adventures first begun in RETRIBUTIONnow continue in this exciting sequel.
Alzheimer’s disease is the 6thmost common cause of death in the United States and is the only major cause of death which cannot be cured. There has been an 89% increase in deaths due to Alzheimer’sbetween 2000 and 2014, and today, nearly 1 in 10 of every American over the age of 65 is affected. Author and editor Jenny Margotta spent 12 years dealing with personal relationships, family dynamics, the health care system, and financial issues as her mother suffered each agonizing step of Alzheimer’s. In 2018, seven years after her mother’s death, Ms. Margotta published The Woman in Room 23. Although the book is presented as a work of fiction, the majority of the events, particularly those depicting life in an Alzheimer’s care facility, stem from actual, real-life situations. The Woman in Room 23might make you cry or it might make you laugh, but it will not leave you untouched.
This collection of recipes came into being due to a number of not-too-serious disagreements on the best way to prepare—and season—food. SOME LIKE IT HOT! is a unique compilation of delicious, down-to-earth dishes and baked goods, prepared in two distinct ways to satisfy two widely disparate palates. It also includes a few that were "just right" the way they were. Along with a variety of recipes, the authors have included reminiscences and philosophies about food and wine, tips to improve your cooking and baking skills, and quotes on the subject of food and eating from notable people. The authors hope you enjoy testing—and experimenting with—the recipes presented here as much as they enjoyed creating them.