Most of our contributors celebrate today as one where we gather with family and friends (and then escape our loved ones for good books). We hope that you and yours have a joyous day, that there is a little more light in your life than normal, and offer our gratitude for your support and engagement … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
I had a moment of transcendent happiness a few weeks ago. Now, I’m not an unhappy person, as a rule. Though my family may disagree, I believe I tend to stay pretty evenly keeled. My bouts with crushing, wrenching despair are probably as rare as my bouts with supreme joy. But this moment struck me, … Continue reading What Makes You Happy?
I have had numerous conversations lately with people who have had questions about something related to publishing, something that their agent or editor might know, but for reasons including mental health issues, insecurity about writing, or a desire to not be that client, they have each paused and let the stress fester a little. It … Continue reading Being Courageous & Vulnerable: Writer Edition
My cousin messaged me the other day to sheepishly ask an etiquette question. The mother of one of her daycare kids had given her a book to read, and she just couldn’t make herself get into it. She’d tried and failed and tried again. It’d been sitting on her shelf for almost a year, and … Continue reading Book Giving vs Book Recommending
I like to think ahead. Nope, that’s a lie. I can’t help but think ahead. If something is coming up on a weekend and I’m not sure how it is all going to unfold by Tuesday – Wednesday at the latest – I start getting antsy. I want to know when I need to leave … Continue reading Unlock Writing Successes Through Planning
A few months ago, I finished my novel. After multiple revisions and edits, I felt confident about moving on to the next step. Time to find an agent! The excitement to be in this new stage of the writing journey, was both exhilarating and completely daunting. Now what? Years of working on my craft, and … Continue reading Finding An Agent
“It’s amazing, in this game played on a 120 yard field, how many times inches make games.” This is the statement Cris Collinsworth said during the Sunday Night Football Game I was watching last night. The Packers were playing, down, and almost out of opportunities to tie up the game. It’s not the first time … Continue reading Use Small Details to Strengthen a Story