The Crimson Five series

You’re Never Too Old to Set another Goal

Why do we all think we have to achieve certain milestones by a certain age? Graduate college by 22, get married and have an amazing career by 25, have babies by 30, find your life’s passion by 40, retire at 60...like what? Does it really matter if and when we hit certain milestones? On the… Continue reading You’re Never Too Old to Set another Goal

The Crimson Five series

Letting Your Book Go…Until Release Day

A few months ago, a dear author friend, Vivian Vande Velde said something that made me laugh. We were talking about our upcoming book releases and she asked me why publishers refer to publication dates as release dates. She said something to the effect of, “It’s like our books our being held hostage or in… Continue reading Letting Your Book Go…Until Release Day

The Crimson Five series

Writing the Acknowledgments Page of Your 1st Published Book

Have you ever thought about who you’ll dedicate your book to once it gets published? Or dreamed of writing the acknowledgments page? I bet you have. Writers imagine all sorts of things while writing their manuscripts and especially while out on submission. I most definitely did! Only, I never imagined the process of writing them… Continue reading Writing the Acknowledgments Page of Your 1st Published Book

The Crimson Five series

Dialogue: Did the Right Person Say It?

Dreaming is good. Doing is better. If you want to reach your dream of getting your book published, then it’s time to get back to work on your manuscript. Last week I talked about characters—making your reader care about them by making them relatable, and making their goals crystal clear with high stakes. But those… Continue reading Dialogue: Did the Right Person Say It?

Publishing, Writing Craft

Get to Work! Make me Care about your MC

Hey there! Sorry for the aggressive title today but I think many of you can use that reminder. I actually need it myself sometimes too! On the blog last week, I said that publishing is just crazy sometimes. It’s slow. It’s fickle. It’s unpredictable. But really, what business isn’t? And we all need to remember… Continue reading Get to Work! Make me Care about your MC