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 […]

Rededication to Being Awesome.

I’ve had a rough start to 2015. In fact, I’d call it the worst start I’ve had to a year since an awful break-up at the end of 2009. Professional problems are stuck in a weird downward spiral, and I can’t see the exit. I threw my back out and have been basically confined to […]

It’s Sun vs. Snow Day!!

Today is the agent round for Sun vs. Snow. I’m taking a break from my normal blog to cheer on all the writers, especially my incredibly talented mentees. They put in a lot of hard work to get their entries polished on time, and I’m so, so proud of them. Team Snow My Amazing Mentees […]

Should I Enter that Contest?

Today marks the announcement of which entries were chosen for Sun vs. Snow (see them on http://michelle4laughs.blogspot.com/ and https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/). I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to mentor three amazing entries for #TeamSnow.  With several great contests coming up in March – May, there’s something I though I should address. One thing that comes up a […]

Self Promotion and Twitter

One thing writers tend to hear a lot these days is, “You have to have a platform.” While that’s more true of non-fiction writers than fiction, many agents want their clients to have some internet presence: whether it’s a blog, a Twitter account, Google +, a Facebook author page, or whatever. Most people agree that […]