Author has written 2 stories for Song of the Lioness.
I have a few important tips for authors that I encourage people to take into consideration.
1- Proofread your work. Please make sure it makes sense! I have read way too many stories where an author has spelt a name wrongly, making it seem as though a character has risen from the dead.
2- Get the names spelled right. If it means picking up one of your books, just to check if it's Bazhir or Bahzir, do it. It's a whole lot easier on a reader trying to decipher your story.
3- Spacing. Don't try to cram everything into one paragraph, with no punctuation or capitals. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO READ. But also, don't include punctuation that /isn't/ needed!
4- If you put an author's note in, mark it clearly. Put it in a new paragraph, maybe with a horizontal rule. Don't try to run everything together. If you have a short A/N in the middle of something, put an asterisk beside the word or name, and put a short note at the end of the chapter. It jars the flow of a paragraph to have an A/N in the middle, especially if the paragraph is suspenseful or exciting. And don't, under ANY circumstance put an A/N in just to say "LOL". It is the MOST annoying thing for a reader to come across, and you're obviously not serious about being a writer.
5- Spelling and Grammar: I can't stress this one enough. It's not very hard to SpellCheck and it is SO MUCH easier on a reader to have proper spelling and grammar in a story. Homonyms like accept/except or to/two/too are confused in almost every story I read.
6- If you can, find a beta; someone who will read through your story for you. They can pick up mistakes that you haven't seen, they can also point out certain points that don't make sense.