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Reviews, a Game of Give and Take

Reviews, a Game of Give and Take

We all know how much the world of publishing has changed in the last few years. The gatekeepers have been swept away by self-publishing. Anyone can write a book, and offer it for sale on Amazon. And anyone can write a review and post it. So much democracy! So much freedom! Is this a good […]

March 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Up the Ante on Exposing Yourself

Up the Ante on Exposing Yourself

The retreat leader, a New York Times bestselling author, had scribbled those six daunting words in blue ink and all caps across the back of page seven. I already felt plenty exposed. Not only had I laid bare the first ten pages of my fledgling memoir, I was revealing my work to eight strangers who, […]

March 26, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
“This Is How It Goes.”

“This Is How It Goes.”

Allow me to set the scene – You recently completed writing the most difficult story of your career. You pulled it off! Your exhaustive research came through. The ending poured out of you like liquid diamonds. You redid the ending of your last novel a dozen times. This time, it felt like the story was […]

March 23, 2015 | By | 10 Replies More
The Inner Critter: Awareness First, The Writing Will Follow

The Inner Critter: Awareness First, The Writing Will Follow

I recently had a woman come on my Haven Writing Retreat and say, “I learned more in five days of Haven than in my entire MFA program…and I’m still paying it off six years later!” I hear this sort of overture all too often, and it concerns me. I also hear, “I’m still chiseling my […]

March 21, 2015 | By | 7 Replies More
Write for Victory!

Write for Victory!

Apologies in advance for starting this post with a negative thought, but it has to be said: there is a lot of disappointment in the business of writing. It is an inescapable part of the job which can make it difficult (to say the least) to keep moving forward, to keep trying, to keep writing. […]

March 18, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Survival Guide to Writing an (e)Book Series

Survival Guide to Writing an (e)Book Series

There have been many interesting things I’ve discovered about being a published author over the past twelve months, and many challenges that I wasn’t expecting, including the amount of time edits take, the need for exhaustive promo and the sheer amount of hours required at the laptop. Last summer I was presented with one of […]

March 16, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
The Literary Salon And How To Have One

The Literary Salon And How To Have One

A literary salon is all about exploring the riches of one’s heart. Contrary to what I have believed, it seems that Les Grandes Dames des Salons Parisiens were not the first to start that noble tradition during the sixieme et septieme siecles. Others got there first. The poet and scholar, Al-Khanas, recited her poetry en […]

March 12, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
In Defense of Fluff

In Defense of Fluff

“Anyway, it’s not a bad book. I just felt like it was more fluff than anything else.” That is a direct quote from a Goodreads review for one of my books and it doesn’t bother me at all.  Yes, you read that correctly — it does not bother me at all that  someone thinks a […]

March 9, 2015 | By | 30 Replies More
Can a Self-Published Author Have an Agent?

Can a Self-Published Author Have an Agent?

Can a self-published/independent author have an agent? Surely, it’s a contradictory state? Well, no, not in today’s publishing world. Last May, I signed with A for Authors literary agency to represent me for subsidiary and foreign rights. As the congratulations flowed in, I was a little overwhelmed by the lovely things people said on Facebook […]

March 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You

Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You

Okay, ladies: It’s almost springtime. You’ve spent the winter tightening up that manuscript, writing the (gulp!) first 30 drafts of your query letter, and you’re ready to hit “send.” It’s Agent Time. And you, fellow writer, are on your way to getting published. No, no, wait. Not yet. DO NOT SEND THAT LETTER. Read this […]

March 2, 2015 | By | 9 Replies More