Every now and then I have one of those days when I feel like saying 'what's the use?' even though I've been told countless times that the writing slog can be just that. You learn the craft and experiment. You read and take in knowledge. You interact with other writers. You learn from your mistakes… Continue reading Writers: Stay Positive
I don't think there is a person on the reading planet who has not read the smash hit YA novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It's her debut YA and the sales and buzz has been bonkers. It's one of those rare phenomenons we only read about and wonder about because, let's face,… Continue reading Write Your Book Like a Movie
In today's blog I want to take some time out to thank all the agents I have ever interacted with on this writing journey. While none of them represent me, I think it's important to acknowledge their influence on my progress and the let them know I truly appreciate the time they took to inch… Continue reading Agents Need Love Too
Most of you know that my manuscript was chosen by a mentor as part of the agented-author project Author Mentor Match #authormentormatch, the brainchild of Alexa Donne. The short of it: it's a group of generous authors who are already repped and choose to volunteer their time and talents to shepherd unpubbed manuscripts through the… Continue reading Author Mentor Match: The Skinny
Pitch parties on Twitter have been around for a long time and although they were fun to follow, I stayed in the sidelines, mainly because I was not ready to jump in, but mostly because I was not sure whether they had any real worth. Then people started getting exposure, knowledge and agents... So I… Continue reading Twitter Pitch Parties: What’s the fuss about?
I wanted to take a moment to explain the photos that will appear on my blog from time to time. One thing you should know about me is that I am a huge fan of the past - particularly the 1900-1945. In my writing I want to explore the experiences of those who lived during… Continue reading Uncovering the Past
It's been several years since I started this blog (and others) and today I have decided to consolidate and upgrade based on my current experience. I've paid my dues. Now don't take this the wrong way, I still have lots to learn in the traditional pub game, but I can say that I've also paid… Continue reading Paying Dues
For some crazy reason, my first attempt to pub this blog failed; guess WordPress is having their issues... Anyway, I wanted to share what I learned from my introductory nano experience==2016 is my first year at this. I hesitated in past years because I either missed the start of the month or had more pressing… Continue reading What I learned from NaNoWriMo
I'm sure that some of you authors-in-training are out there asking yourself this question and it is a legitimate one; especially if you have been chiseling away at your craft, learning the business, reading in your genre, watching Twitter posts and participating in a myriad of workshops, pitch wars and all that is the writing… Continue reading Why Keep Going?
So today I want to talk about voice. We hear it so much as authors. Voice. The book 'just has to have it', the agents say. But you might ask, 'what is it exactly? Don't all characters have a voice, after all, they are talking?' True, but just having a character talk is not voice.… Continue reading Voice is Everything