We are delighted to welcome today's guest, Aimie K. Runyan Many authors share my tale of woe. I worked on the book of my heart off and on for a decade. I polished the heck out of it, landed and agent, polished more, then landed a book deal with a major independent publisher. Sounds like … Continue reading The Reality of the Breakout Book
We are thrilled to welcome back former contributor Jamie Raintree as today's guest! This year has been a crazy year. When I signed my first book contract, I knew I was signing up for deadlines, more responsibilities, more time spent on promotion, and more focus on my career in general. And I was--and am--100% in. … Continue reading The Key to Rediscovering Your Enthusiasm For Your Story
We are thrilled to welcome today's guest, Ryan Decker! In a world where there are literally thousands, if not millions of people competing to do exactly what you want to do, how will you stand out? How will you ever get noticed? You may assume there are too many obstacles to overcome or not enough … Continue reading How to be in the top 10% of your industry
We are thrilled to welcome Ella Joy Olsen as our guest today! I recently started teaching a course through Lifelong Learning at the University of Utah. The emphasis: How to Write Historical Fiction. While I had one historical fiction novel published and another in the hopper, I couldn’t imagine teaching a class on my process. … Continue reading The Simple Secret to Writing Better
As a former high school English teacher and cross-country coach, I love the chance to connect with kids and young adults. It’s the best part of my current job as an author. Since my first book came out 10.5 years ago, I’ve had a lot of experiences with readers across the country and at … Continue reading Write. Play. Explore.
I am not a writer. I write a lot, but none of it is fiction. What I do is teach university students who want to be elementary teachers. I teach them how to teach art and how to teach with art (these are actually two different things). As you can imagine, we talk about creativity … Continue reading Why You Should Practice & Strengthen Creativity
We are thrilled to welcome today's guest and current president of the Women's Fiction Writers Association Christine Adler. When I first started publishing articles and essays, I emulated what I’d read. National newspapers and magazines were my guides for pacing and tone. My editors loved the articles and my readers responded well to the … Continue reading How Volunteering Improved My Writing