If you’ve a written a manuscript, this post is for you. It’s about a strategy I’m using now as I revise my current project. I created it out of necessity because after going through 15 revision rounds (yes, 15!) I was a broken writer. My story was only mostly good and I didn’t even know… Continue reading 3 Reasons Writers Need to Walk (Far Away) from Their Manuscripts
My word for 2022: CELEBRATE! 🎉 Life goes by too fast not to celebrate the small moments as much as the big ones. So that’s what I’m planning to do more of this year. Celebrate coffee dates and phone calls, game nights and a clean house, a good book and a great Netflix show, meeting… Continue reading Are You Celebrating the Right Things?
Hello, 2022! Last year was a tough one. I welcomed the year with a brand new manuscript and dreams of signing a book contract with a new agent. Ever the optimist, I sent it out to agents with the illusion that this time would be easier. How wrong I was! 2021 basically crushed my spirit… Continue reading Let’s do this, 2022!
Hello there! Need a little Monday motivation? I’ve got you. And I get why you might need some. Weekends are hard, especially the busy ones. But even the good ones. Even the relaxing ones. Even the fun ones. Because once they’re over, life goes on and it can be difficult to jump back into the… Continue reading Make Monday your Favorite Day
For a four-day week, this one sure felt long. So, Happy Friday! I don’t have a long post planned for today or even an official post. But I did want to share this thought for the weekend. It doesn’t matter what your dream is. It may be getting a book published or getting an agent.… Continue reading Pick a Dream & Chase it
One of the unexpected thrills of becoming a published author is hearing from teachers who’ve read Spin the Golden Light Bulb to their students. I imagined (and hoped and wished) that teachers and librarians would someday add my books to their classrooms and libraries. But I honestly never went so far as to imagine them… Continue reading Back to School with the Crimson Five Kids
I’m back in the query trenches. It’s official and I thought it would be fun to bring you guys along for the ride! If you’re new here, you may not realize that I was agented before. I blogged about how I got my first agent here. The day I signed with her (after eight years… Continue reading Jumping Back into the Query Trenches
I don’t know if it’s like this for any of you, but when I’m working on a new manuscript, I can’t write anything else. Not a short story, not a blog post, hardly even an email. My mind is so full of new book stuff that there’s just no room to add more. That’s why… Continue reading Great Writing Doesn’t Happen Fast
No book is perfect. It’s more common than you think to find a typo or a misspelled word, those proverbial book Easter eggs, on a page or two. Unfortunately, things like that get missed in books before they go to production all the time, even when they’re edited by the best editing team on the… Continue reading Chasing Book Perfection—or Book Perfect-ish
What Makes Your Story YOU? All books have themes. Things the author subtly (or not so subtly!) imparts into their stories. Like perseverance or teamwork or whatever. My books have them too and I could probably write a post just about those. But that’s not what I’m thinking about today. I’ve noticed a different kind… Continue reading What’s Your Magic Writer’s Mark?