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Make Like a Nun and Get Your Writing Habit On

Make Like a Nun and Get Your Writing Habit On

What habit might that be, you ask?  Is it: The habit of sitting down to write at the same time in the same location each and every day even though Spring is here and your hands would rather be digging in the dirt than pounding on the keys? The habit of editing a draft over […]

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
When Opportunity Knocks, Answer The Door

When Opportunity Knocks, Answer The Door

There’s only one secret to success, and it’s hardly a secret. When opportunity knocks, answer the door. You’d be surprised how many people don’t. They turn up the TV while glancing warily through the window, sighing in relief as opportunity moves on to another house. Here’s why it’s important not to do that. Every accomplishment, […]

May 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why We Should Share Our Stories

Why We Should Share Our Stories

When querying agents for my first book, I often joked that I’d finally achieved my lifetime goal by writing an entire 120,000-word manuscript, and what they really wanted to see was a one-page synopsis, or a three-paragraph summary, or one gripping sentence, a poem, a song, even! But I never imagined that one day, post-publication, […]

May 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Getting Past the Opening: Where to Start your Novel

Getting Past the Opening: Where to Start your Novel

We sit in front of the keyboard, poised, with an idea for a book spinning in our head, and find ourselves afraid to start. After all, we are aware we have one paragraph, or three at best, to capture the attention of the reader. What do we do? My friend and mentor, Elizabeth Searle, offered […]

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5 Tips to Turn Ordinary Interactions into Book Sales

5 Tips to Turn Ordinary Interactions into Book Sales

In the course of a day, even introverted writers (which I must admit, I’m not) have the opportunity to turn everyday interactions into book buzz. This week alone, I was talking to the Macy’s clerk and as she hung the cute new dress I was buying, I mentioned that I had a book coming out […]

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Writing an Authentic YA Voice

Writing an Authentic YA Voice

We all remember what it feels like to be a teenager, right? A tumultuous time filled with angst and first love and new friends and burgeoning independence. Whether we had positive or negative experiences in our high school years, they tend to stick with us. I speak for myself when I say that I remember […]

May 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to Build a Better Book Launch

How to Build a Better Book Launch

You have worked your heart out to write your book, sweated, been anxious, revised, revised, revised, researched, then sweated some more, revised again, copy edited, argued with designers over the book cover and at long, long last…you have a finished book. Congratulations! Now, how to give it a coming out party, to help it debut […]

Can You Think Like A Publisher?

Can You Think Like A Publisher?

When you’re an author-publisher, or self-published author, you face nearly all the choices a traditional publisher faces, but in a much more intimate, more personally-invested, more personally-at-risk way. This is a wonderful in some ways, and not so good in others. For about seventeen years in my callow youth I worked in publishing as an […]

May 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Useful Tips For Writers

Useful Tips For Writers

I’ve been an avid reader since my early obsession with Nancy Drew, but I never considered writing a novel until my late thirties when I was struggling to cope with the tragic death of my older brother. He was never diagnosed, but I believe Neal was self-medicating to cope with symptoms of bipolar disorder. Despite […]

May 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seven Ways to Take Yourself Seriously as a Writer

Seven Ways to Take Yourself Seriously as a Writer

I have been writing since elementary school – well, primary school because I’m Australian – but I’ve only recently started considering myself to be “a writer.” There were a handful of things I began doing to take myself seriously, and you know what? They actually work. Remembering them – in no particular order – has […]

May 2, 2017 | By | Reply More