A Dedicated Writing Space

When I was looking for new blog topics, someone suggested I talk about the importance of a writing space. This is a fairly timely and important topic for me right now. As I may have mentioned roughly 637,000 times on Twitter, my husband and I moved into a new house at the end of November. […]

December Pitch Parties

December ’tis the season of many wonderful things… including SFFPit, PitMad, and PitchMas. I don’t really have much to say about the holidays (Except that I like sugar cookies and fudge. Please send me some), so let’s talk about Twitter pitch parties. I love a good party. They just got requests from their dream agents. […]

A Day of Rest

November was a crazy month. I bought a house, finished edits on a MS, sent it to my agent, prayed she wouldn’t hate it, finished a first draft of something new, cheered my friends and CPs on during PitchWars, moved, worked about 75 hours a week, discovered Gilmore Girls on Netflix, negotiated concessions and contracts, […]

A Day of Giving Thanks

I realize that Thanksgiving isn’t until tomorrow, but at some point I started posting every Monday and Wednesday, and I might as well just go with it. Besides, I think it’s important to stop and reflect on the good things in life more than just once a year. Give recognition and thanks whenever you can. […]

Why the Ferguson Grand Jury Proceeding Was Wrong

First, I want to clarify a few things. This post is not about whether Michael Brown attacked Darren Wilson or whether Darren Wilson was justified in shooting him. Those are questions for a criminal jury at trial. This is a post about our legal system, and how it’s supposed to function. Second, I am a […]

Dealing with Rejection

Here’s something that’s no secret: Rejection sucks. We’ve all been there. Unless you were born under a lucky star, chances are that at some point you’ve been passed over for a promotion you wanted, were turned down for a date, didn’t get the job, lost a proposal… or had a literary agent or publisher tell […]

Listen to Your Inner Critique Partner (CP)

If you’re a writer, you probably spent a lot of time and energy trying to connect with a Critique Partner who understands you and your work, and who writes things you want to read and can critique. When you find that person – listen to him/her. I had a couple of CP misfires at first. […]

The Liebster Award: 10 Question Blog Hop

So, just as I was sitting here, wracking my brain for something to write about, the amazing and talented Mary Ann Nicholson tagged me in the Liebster Award blog hop. Yes! Inspiration! (No, I don’t know what the Liebster Award is, but that’s OK). She asks some tough questions, though. I’m not even sure how […]

Picking a Path

Now, I talk about traditional publishing, because that’s the path I’m following for my manuscript, but let’s take a step back for a minute. How do you decide whether to go with traditional publishing, self-publishing, or some hybrid? (I happily lucked into an agency that does work with authors to do hybrid publishing, which is […]

(Don’t) Choose Your Own Genre

The past couple of months, I’ve helped with a couple of contests. All three of my critique partners were featured in PitchWars, so I also read a lot of contest entries as an observer/spectator. My guess is that I read probably about 400 entries between all the contests. Why do I mention this? Just to […]

First Page Blog Hop

The amazing Michelle Hauck is doing something awesome – for querying and agented writers. It’s a first page blog hop! So, go ahead and review Michelle’s blog for instructions, post the first 250 words, and post a link on your blog. Then start critiquing! Here’s mine: Genre: Women’s Fiction First 250 When I was eight […]

How to Tame a Manuscript

Some writing projects come easily. My first manuscript poured out of me. There were a few plot points I had to mull over for a few hours, or sometimes overnight, but I always knew what to write next until I hit somewhere around 65k words. Plot issues never stumped me for more than a day […]