Being Awesome, Week 7

Another seven days, seven more awesome things: The NestPitch submission window is open! Go enter! I get to read slush! I adore reading slush. I hit 50,000 words on my work in progress! (Just in time for Camp NaNo, which I won’t be doing after writing 50,000 words in March.) My nails are a lovely […]

APRIL CONTESTS ARE COMING!

Spring has utterly failed to….er…. sprung in the northeast (that sentence would make sense if it were warm and/or not snowing…). The weather outside may still be frightful, but inside – the writing contests are almost here! #NestPitch submissions open on Wednesday. I’m reading slush for Team OneBasket, headed by the amazing and talented SC […]

Being Awesome, Week 6

So much awesome this week, this could be a very long blog post. And you know what? GOOD! The fact that I have so many great things to talk about that it could take awhile only shows that my rededication to being awesome is working. My sister had a baby! This is so very exciting. […]

Let’s Talk About Voice, Baby

As some of you may be aware (since I’ve mentioned it roughly 11,000 times), #PitchSlam and #NestPitch are fast approaching (details on Twitter). I’m reading slush for NestPitch and hosting PitchSlam, which means that I’m crazy. I mean… that I’ll be reading a LOT of pitches and first pages in April. A lot, a lot, […]

Being Awesome, Week 5

Another Wednesday, another week of awesome. Don’t forget to take time out to appreciate the good things in life. Against all odds, I managed to come up with another 10k words for my work in progress last week. I can only imagine that this is because I decided to write all the super fun parts […]

When Feedback Collides

PitchSlam is fast approaching, and one of the things that sets this contest apart is that writers can submit their pitch and first page for feedback before final entries are chosen. Feedback is priceless, and the more the better, but at the end of the day, remember to do what feels right for your manuscript. […]

Being Awesome, Week 4

Another week, more opportunities to inject some awesome into the world. Let’s take a look at the highlights. My husband gave me spa gift certificates for Valentine’s Day. He is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Basically, I spent many hours relaxing, which is what it means when you have to lie very very still […]

Accuracy in Writing

A few months ago, I stumbled across an article questioning a historical fiction author’s responsibility to write stories that are factually accurate. (I give no opinion on this particular issue, other than to note that, when I was 12, virtually all of my knowledge of the Civil War came from historical romance. In high school, […]

Being Awesome, Week 3

Well, it’s March, and it’s still effing snowing every day, so I can definitely use a weekly reminder of all the awesome in my life. Here’s a look at the past seven days: Friday: A networking-type event that included free dinner with most of our good friends. Bonus trivia as the entertainment portion of the […]

What I’m Looking for in the Slush

With a few pitch contests coming up in the next couple of months, I thought I’d share what it is I’m looking for when I read the slush. I can hear the collective groan now. “We know, we know: You like women’s fiction. Dogs like bones. Fish like water. We get it.” And okay, yes, […]

Being Awesome, Week 2

In an on-going effort to infuse more awesomeness into my life, here’s what I’m doing this week: Laundry. I know it doesn’t sound awesome, but when you’ve been sick and unable to walk around for a couple of weeks, clean clothes are the most amazing thing in the world. Washing your hair is a close […]

Being Awesome, Week 1

Earlier this week, I vowed that I would stop having an awful year and start being awesome. So, here’s what I did week 1 to be more awesome. Very careful exercise on Saturday made me feel better all over (and gave me the idea to do this). Monday, I harnessed the power of the internet […]