What Getting an Agent Is and Isn’t.

Now, I’m not gonna lie, getting an agent was the single most exciting thing that happened to me in 2014. It’s an amazing validation of all the hard work it takes to get to that point, and it lets you know that someone else believes in your work. That’s all wonderful. But what getting an […]

Being Awesome, Week 17

Here’s a look at some of the awesome things that happened over the past week. Two friends got married on Saturday in a wonderful ceremony under an arch made of books. How awesome is that? And I couldn’t be happier for them. The wedding was held in New England, a few hours away. We got […]

Being Awesome, Week 16

Here’s a peek at some of the good things that happened during the past week. Grass is growing on our front lawn! It’s not all brown and dead anymore! And there’s no massive hole around where the For Sale sign was (which, for some reason, it was at least 8x the size of the post). […]

A Look Back at my Month of “Rest”.

A month ago, I posted on The Writer Diaries about how exhausted I am and the need to rest without guilt. I also set several goals for myself for May, all geared at helping myself recharge my batteries. Let’s take a look at how I did: Visit my sister and meet my new baby niece. […]

Being Awesome, Week 15

Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost June. Anyway, a peek at all the things in life to be grateful for: On Sunday, we had a BBQ with friends. Great food, board games, excellent conversation, and someone showed us the glorious result of mixing cinnamon schnapps with apple cider (that should almost get its own mention). […]

When Genre and Query Letter Don’t Connect

One of the hardest things about writing a query is trying to infuse some voice into it. But it’s also really important to make sure your query fits the genre you’re telling me your story fit into. Consider the following (made up) query: Ten-year-old Harry hates living with his aunt and uncle: They make him […]

Being Awesome, Week 14

I can’t believe I’ve been doing these weekly posts for 3.5 months. Not only do I overall feel more positive about life in general, but I’ve saved a LOT of brain power that would’ve been spent trying to figure out what on earth to blog about instead. Here’s a look at the past week. We […]

Common Writing Mistakes

I’ve been reading a lot of first pages over the past couple of months. A lot, a lot, a lot. (My best guess is around 300, so while I am prone to exaggeration sometimes, when I say “a lot,” I mean it.) And here are some (made-up) examples of problems I see over and over. […]

Thoughts on the Marathon Bombing Verdict

April 15, 2013, started like any other day. I got up and started working, not having lived in Massachusetts long enough to remember the state holiday, and my daily routine not taking me anywhere near the marathon route (I work from home, so I mostly go to and from the coffee pot in my kitchen […]

Being Awesome, Week 13

There’s a lot of good stuff going on in May, with Nestpitch ending and QueryKombat starting. Here are just a few things for me to be grateful for that happened during the last week. We bought a BBQ! Yippee! That means we can now enjoy eating food cooked outside. It also means I can eat […]

First 250 Dos and Don’ts

With QueryKombat right around the corner (and PitchWars coming up soon after that), here’s a glimpse into things I do (and do not) want to see on your first page. Do: Show us your character’s awesome voice. I want it to sound like they’re talking to me directly (without them actually breaking the fourth wall […]

Being Awesome, Week 12

Last week I went on a MUCH-needed vacation, so this one is pretty easy. Vacation = bonus awesome things. Meeting my baby niece. She’s kind of a lump, at only six weeks old, but she is a cute lump. Spending four days with my sister and her husband. Even better, giving my husband time to […]