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 […]

“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 […]