Oh the things I could say about this. I've spent hundreds of hours reading and researching and asking for advice about traditional publishing and self-publishing. To me, traditional publishing has always been a bit of a pain. It is slow to publish and slow to pay authors. It plays gatekeeper between readers and writers, often … Continue reading Why I’ve Decided to Self-Publish
A few years ago I kept asking myself the question if I should go for an MFA in creative writing. Every time someone would mention it or I'd see an ad, I'd think rosy thoughts about a writing utopia of classmates and teachers who would encourage me and me encourage them in turn and I … Continue reading Thoughts on DIY MFA
My first exploration into what it would mean to self-publish.
I took some time this past week to look up one of my early novels. Partly to see how far I've come and partly to get a smile out of the totally-enthusiastic-but-deprived-of-anything-mature writing style. It was set in England in the 1600s. I remember trying so hard to not include dragons in it, because it … Continue reading Keep some secrets for yourself
Queries are really hard. Good queries are even harder. Writing a query is the stage of the writing process that requires you to hack your beautifully honed story down into three paragraphs and sell your soul. Or is it hacking your soul into three pieces and selling your story? I’m not sure. Could be either. … Continue reading Good Cop, Bad Cop of Query Writing
I call it hidden because it is no longer being updated, and thus, you probably won’t be able to stumble upon it easily. If you do, you probably won’t know what you have found. If you’re anything like me, finding another writing blog but then seeing that the last post was in 2011 and is … Continue reading The Hidden Blog Every Writer Should Know About
This has been on my mind a lot lately so I might as well write a post and get it out. And not just because we recently moved and all my stuff is ... not where it usually is. My desk isn't even set up yet. This makes me kind of sad, but what better … Continue reading Writing Space Inspiration
Basically, it's time I got geeky about writing. Enthusiasm shared here for your inspiration.
I've been asked recently about my method of writing by a few beginning novelists. Instead of scrambling to answer them with verbal pointers they won't remember, here's a run down of what I've discovered works for me.* They're a far cry from Rita Skeeter's magic quill, but hopefully these will make your life easier. … Continue reading Writing Methods
Hello gentle readers, Please cross your fingers for me this Thursday and Friday. I entered an online event to pitch my book to agents and editors. There are several opportunities throughout this multi-day online event in both the Blogosphere and the Twitterverse. Not only do I LOVE social media events involving writing and publishing, but … Continue reading PitchMAS and First Chapter