Jun 14 2011

Contact Guidelines

Published by at 1:08 am under The Author-Audience Connection

I can be contacted here.


My favorite types of messages:

  • Review requests. Send me your novel manuscript, comic book script, short story and/or query and I’ll offer some suggestions about how you might be able to improve it. I’ve also reviewed writing websites, marketing materials and comic book art.
  • Any other questions related to writing and/or strengthening a novel manuscript, short story or comic book script.
  • Business questions, like how to market your works more effectively or find a comic book artist.
  • Job proposals–I’m available as a freelance editor, proofreader and/or author.
  • Feedback and/or witty insults (please hold the forgettable ones–otherwise you’re wasting both of our time).
  • Interesting links.  If a link is somehow related to fiction writing and/or the publishing industry, I’m 99% likely to check it out.


Please do not send me any of the following:

  • Anything related to movie and/or TV scripts. I’ve never worked in Hollywood and can’t help you there.
  • Fan-fiction.
  • Any stories with 3+ typos in the first paragraph.  Sorry, but I only have time to read/review about half of the stories that come my way. I don’t have time for everyone, so I have to limit myself to the authors that are most serious about their craft.  (If you’re not there yet, no worries–please submit again as soon as your manuscript is ready).
  • Anything inspired in any way by Dragonball Z.  (If you’re confident you’re a serious writer, you can send it anyway, but I will stop reading if there are more than 10+ typos per page.  So far those stories are 0 for 5).
  • Publishing requests. I can offer advice but not publishing deals.
  • Any personal information that probably should not be shared with online strangers, such as your age/sex/location/medical issues/fondness for Dragonball Z, unless it’s really relevant to a question you have.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Contact Guidelines”

  1. Josh Dahlon 11 Jul 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I am trying to get in touch with you to invite you do do an interview for my comics writing blog.
    I talk to people who write comics, about writing comics.

    Check out the first in my interview series at http://www.rapidcitycomic.com

    If you are interested in being interviewed, please get in touch with me.



    PS, I just love your blog. Very helpful.

  2. Keandroon 01 Aug 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Just out of curiosity what do you have against dragonball z

  3. B. Macon 01 Aug 2011 at 10:00 pm

    “Just out of curiosity, what do you have against Dragonball Z?”

    I don’t enjoy DBZ-inspired stories very much and the grammar/punctuation/spelling/capitalization issues tend to be spectacular.

    If a DBZ-inspired writer is confident that he/she is a serious author, I would encourage him/her to send me the story anyway. I’ll review it, but only if it has fewer than 10 typos per page.* Otherwise, I’d have to politely decline based on my schedule.

    *This is extremely lenient. I’d expect a credible novel manuscript to have fewer than 10 typos total. My cutoff is at least 300-400 times more lenient than professional-grade.

  4. Fact-Or-Fictionon 19 Aug 2015 at 9:48 am

    Hey, Mac. First of all, thanks for your advice about the first chapter of my novel. I’ve continued to work on that project, and it’s going quite well. But I found the time to write a short story, which I would like some advice on. I’ve already sent it you, thanks in advance.

  5. B. McKenzieon 20 Aug 2015 at 6:47 am

    Okay, I’ll take a look at it. I should have that ready on/by Sunday.

  6. Anonymouson 05 Apr 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I’m part of a professional web development agency that is nearly 10 years old. We design and build sites that make your business easier to run and easier to market. We are looking for businesses that are in need of our development services.

    I have a few questions for you:

    Are you currently happy with your website?

    Does your website promote your company in a way that gives confidence to your website visitors?

    Is your site meeting your business goals?

    If the answer to any of these questions is “No,” then we should definitely talk. Our consultation is complementary and we can provide you with great suggestions whether you use our services or not.

    We’d really like to be able to help you get the site your business needs, so just let me know the best time and best number to reach you at.

    Many Thanks,

    Garett Eddins

  7. B. McKenzieon 05 Apr 2016 at 8:49 pm

    “Does your website promote your company in a way that gives confidence to your website visitors?” If you’re looking for confidence from a superhero writing site written by someone who isn’t even the most villainous McKenzie in Chicago, I’d suggest a sports car instead.

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