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How To Pitch A Series

How To Pitch A Series

A few weeks ago, I announced the Gamer Girl series, three books coming out from Kensington’s Lyrical Press starting in 2019. Since this is my second series, many people have asked me how to get an editor to buy multiple books rather than just one. Initially, if you do not know the editor and have […]

September 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing About Love

Writing About Love

It wasn’t until I started writing fiction that I became aware of the widespread tendency to view men’s writing about love, family and relationships as a meaningful reflection on the human condition and women’s as frivolous and inconsequential. Increasingly there is a will to challenge and redress this prejudice and its consequences and that is […]

May 22, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
How to Prevent Your Characters from All Sounding the Same

How to Prevent Your Characters from All Sounding the Same

At the start of my career I had a book rejected because the commissioning editor didn’t feel my characters were ‘coming across’. I think she was trying to find a polite way of saying they were flat and dull – ‘cardboard’ characters, if you like – which is about the worst thing you can say […]

January 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nonlinear Narratives – Tips & Tricks

Nonlinear Narratives – Tips & Tricks

Have you ever finished a chapter in one character’s point of view only to find the next chapter is written from somebody else’s perspective? Me too, and these mini cliff-hangers compel us to keep reading. Nonlinear narratives – stories where events don’t happen in chronological order – do this too. They are extremely useful for […]

December 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
I Can’t Believe You Said That- Using Dialogue to Build Conflict

I Can’t Believe You Said That- Using Dialogue to Build Conflict

Dialogue is a critical component of your novel. It shows character, provides an opportunity to move the plot forward, and increases your pacing by breaking up large narrative blocks. This article focuses on how dialogue can also help build the conflict in your novel. All novels require conflict. Agents, editors, and readers rarely feel that […]

September 11, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
5 Crime Fiction Blunders To Avoid

5 Crime Fiction Blunders To Avoid

In addition to being an author, I am a big crime fiction, psychological thriller and mystery fan. Though I have always read this genre, I’ve spent the last year absolutely immersing myself in it, reading and reviewing everything I can. In addition, I’ve been discussing the genre with lots of other fans as part of […]

August 12, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
Tips for Author Blogs

Tips for Author Blogs

Last year, I wrote a column with three golden rules for author blogging. Here they are, in order of importance: (1) create relationships, (2) entertain your readers, and (3) sell books. The first rule is, by far, the most important. (Most of) Your blog posts must have as their main goal to create relationships with […]

June 6, 2016 | By | 6 Replies More
How To Handle Rejection: Six Tips

How To Handle Rejection: Six Tips

The lives of creative people fascinate me. As far back as I can recall, I have devoured biographies and interviews with performing artists—singers, actors, dancers, even famous models. Often I read how some celebrated actress has faced repeated rejections, only to triumph finally with a huge hit—the breakthrough role that made her career. I learned […]

August 5, 2015 | By | 10 Replies More
5 Ways to Spot and Avoid Sketchy Editors and Publications

5 Ways to Spot and Avoid Sketchy Editors and Publications

I still remember that summer afternoon when my mother came upstairs to find me weeping into my pillow. I was 20 years old, and I had just discovered that my boyfriend had been cheating on me. Of course, I told my mother the edited, sanitized version of the story, omitting that part about walking into […]

November 19, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More