OR, You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry In their book, Million Dollar Professionalism for the Writer, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta lay out the following bit of advice: “Never, never, ever, never, never, never, never ever be a jerk.” I’m half tempted to offer a hearty “Amen!” and end this blog post right … Continue reading Professional Etiquette for Writers
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
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
Pitches are hard. I could just end the post there and you’d all feel super validated, right? And I am all about validation. That dry eyeball feeling you get from staring at the screen too long? Totally normal. The way your fingers curl in on themselves and you’re not sure if it’s because your body … Continue reading Pitch Writing 101: What’s at Stake?
I didn't actually set out to answer those questions. But over the past several months, they've been on my mind. A lot. Let's back up. My teenaged daughter is a voracious reader. She always seems to discover and read the "hot topic" books months before I even hear about them. She'd read all John Green's … Continue reading How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?
Whenever people find out that I’m a slush pile reader, they usually have one of two reactions. The first is “I would love to get paid to read books all day” while sighing wistfully. What those people really mean is “I would love to get paid to read good books all day,” which would be … Continue reading Being Slush Pile Reader & A Writer
Last month, I got to finally announce my book deal. It was one of those days that you dream of for years and years and it was amazing. THE THREE RULES OF EVERYDAY MAGIC is the second novel I’ve ever written, but the book that finally sold to a publisher is totally different from that … Continue reading Book Deals Come from Rewrites & Revisions