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 […]

“The Basket Case” guest blog on Celebration Generation

In addition to books (reading and writing), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and a really good cheese, one of the things I really enjoy is baking. Cooking is fine – I can cook, if you tell me what you want to eat and hand me a recipe. It’s theoretically possible that I could find a recipe […]

Consolidated Contests Post

Happy Martin Luther King Day, everyone! With Sun vs. Snow rapidly approaching, I thought I’d put some of my prior contest advice posts in one handy place for you. (Side note: This is the contest where I met Michelle Hauck, and I got amazing feedback on my first page as an alternate, which lead to […]

The Writer Diaries!

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve joined The Writer Diaries as a contributor! I’ll be posting a couple of blogs a month on writing, in addition to my posts here. We also host weekly chats every Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. Follow @WriterDiaries or watch #TWDTopic to join us. This blog will focus a bit […]

My 2015 Goals

A week after I posted my 2014 wrap-up, I thought maybe it was time to share my goals for 2015.  I do this partially because when I went to see if I hit my 2014 goals, I realized I never wrote them down. (I rewrote an entire MS, wrote and polished a second, drafted a […]

Writing by Committee

Last week, I found myself completely stuck on a scene I needed to add to my work in progress. In order to distract myself, I sent out a tweet, suggesting we write the scene by committee.  And, here’s what I got from the Amazing Twitterverse (mixed up a bit):   Why? Because sometimes, when you’re […]

A Look Back at 2014

The past 365 days have absolutely flown by, in large part due to some really amazing things that happened. When January 2013 arrived, I was alone in my publishing journey, with no one but my very closest friends having any idea I’d decided to write a book. I’d never heard of QueryTracker or Critique Partners. […]

Said is Boring

There, I’ve said it. No, I’ve proclaimed it! “Using the word said over and over is boring!” She shouted from the rooftops. “Using said over and over is boring!” She ejaculated. (We should really go back to using this more.) They say it’s OK to break the rules once you know and understand them, and […]

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night

I’m taking a day off from the usual blogging (I might go crazy and take a whole week). I hope you all find some lovely things in store under your tree. May anyone who needs to go to the store on Christmas Eve find parking. And may you find time to watch the greatest Christmas […]