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Your First Book Is Being Launched! You Better Do This!

Your First Book Is Being Launched! You Better Do This!

After a long, tortuous, 520 days on submission, my debut novel, What The Valley Knows, will be published by Black Rose Writing in early 2018. It feels like I’ve won the lottery. This is it—my chance to break through, to turn my dreams into a reality—to be a working author. Please don’t let me mess […]

October 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing About Spirituality

Writing About Spirituality

When I started on a spiritual path almost thirty years ago, I voraciously read every account of spiritual awakening that I could find. Mind you, there wasn’t an Amazon.com, and I had to go to an actual bookstore to find books in this genre. Mostly I read books about the saints – but then Shirley […]

October 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Exclamation Evolution

Exclamation Evolution

I love the exclamation mark. I’ve used it, and fairly regularly, for as long as I can remember. I like how it can signal glee, surprise, bemusement; how it can turn a blunt-sounding sentence (in a  text, say) into something softer, something more playful. And I confess I use it in part because I know […]

October 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sex In Women’s Fiction, Part 3: Advice From The Experts

Sex In Women’s Fiction, Part 3: Advice From The Experts

Part 3 of our Sex In Women’s Fiction Series, Read part 2 HERE It’s surprisingly easy to write bad sex. In fact, cringeworthy sex scenes are so ubiquitous that the UK magazine, Literary Review, hands out an annual award to distinguish the somewhat awful from the truly terrible. According to their website, the purpose of […]

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension

Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension

How do we keep readers invested in what will happen next? As writers, we want readers on the edge of their seat, even in scenes that don’t justify heart-pounding action. Micro-tension, a term I first encountered in Donald Maass’ The Fire in Fiction, offers a solution. Recently I’ve been working on micro-tension in my own […]

October 12, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Zombies Ate My Cookbook: How The Undead Inspired Me to Write

Zombies Ate My Cookbook: How The Undead Inspired Me to Write

“You’re a food nerd and a zombie nerd. You should write a cookbook for the zombie apocalypse.” It was those words, from my dear friend Paul and the best idea man I know, that sparked the inspiration for my first book The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse. This was in 2008, and at […]

October 10, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
5 Ways Storytelling Can Improve Healthcare

5 Ways Storytelling Can Improve Healthcare

By Esther Choy, Author of Let the Story Do the Work (published by AMACOM), is now available on major online retail platforms such as Amazon. Humans have a long tradition of literature exploring health. After all, if you own and operate a human body, you’re involved in healthcare. Whether it’s dealing with our own health issues or those of […]

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Three’s a Crowd – Writing an Effective Multiple Point of View Novel

Three’s a Crowd – Writing an Effective Multiple Point of View Novel

Since reading my very first Jodi Picoult novel, I have loved books written in multiple points of view. Everyone has a different opinion of the world and the people in it.  Everyone has a different past that has led them to those opinions. And everyone believes they are right about the world from their own […]

October 8, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Sex In Women’s Fiction, Part 2: Sex Sells (Sometimes)

Sex In Women’s Fiction, Part 2: Sex Sells (Sometimes)

Part two of our Sex in Women’s Fiction series: Read Part One HERE Before we went out on submission with The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World, my agent, Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, asked me to make a few revisions. The goal was to make the book stronger and more saleable to readers and publishers alike. […]

October 6, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Arduous Search for An Agent

The Arduous Search for An Agent

First thing to remember, it doesn’t start with sending out query letters. It starts before that. You finally finish your manuscript, then you re-write it, and you edit it, and you craft it probably more than once. But even before that, if you’re writing a novel or memoir as I have, you have also spent […]

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