Category: Tips

Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Table

We, as writers, dream of the day we’ll be sitting in a giant bookstore, dishing out pithy sayings and scribbling our names on countless hundreds of books that go flying through the cashier’s stand.   The truth is often far different. In many cases, we’re luck to get even five people. Very lucky. And book signings or readings in libraries? Unless it’s a huge … Read More Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Table

Read What Excites You

As writers, I think we get wound up too much about reading what’s good for us. Read this author, he was a master at suspense. Read that author, she does dialogue the best. Read this author. Read that author. It’s all probably true. And boring. And dry. It kills the imagination. If you don’t connect with the story (forget about connecting with the author, … Read More Read What Excites You

On Covers

In my mind, covers are just as important as the beginning of your book. Just as important as craft, story, and dialogue. Just as important as anything you do with your book. Covers are what draw people to your books. They aren’t even going to read the title if the picture doesn’t draw. Guaranteed they won’t pick it up to read the back, much … Read More On Covers

When You Hate What You Wrote

Lately I’ve moved slower and slower with To Be Phoenix. It’s not that it’s a bad story, it could be good. But it’s not this story. I’ve ground to a halt. Even though there’s nothing wrong with the story, I just don’t like the way it’s going. It feels wrong. I hate it. There. I said it. I’ll say it again. I hate it. … Read More When You Hate What You Wrote

Frozen Fire Trailer

Submitting Frozen Fire

Well, Frozen Fire is out there. I feel optimistic it’ll find a home. I sent it to only one publisher, but to five agents. Next week, I’ll send it to five more agents. I only sent it to one publisher because I feel it’s the best place for that story. Of course, if it doesn’t work out, I’ll send it to plenty others. I … Read More Submitting Frozen Fire

When Life Intrudes

Recently my husband was diagnosed with not one, but two, debilitating illnesses. It put me in quite a tailspin. I got depressed. I got angry. And I wrote like I’ve never written before. True, I did only a minimum on my current project. After all, a writer has to stay immersed in their story or it’ll stall. But I did tons of journaling. And … Read More When Life Intrudes

On Reading Aloud

I’ve blogged about this before, but I feel it needs repeating. Read your stories aloud before you send them off for publication. You’ll catch so much more than reading quietly to yourself. Trust me. I’ve been over Frozen Fire a few dozen times. My writers’ group has gone through it. Yesterday, I took it out and started reading it aloud to my cats. Guess … Read More On Reading Aloud

Beta Readers

So Frozen Fire has passed my Beta Reader (Thank you, Barb) with flying colors! WooHoo! One final read-through by me and it’s off to publishers. I’ve posted about this before, but I think it need to be posted again. Beta Readers are essential for every writer. They’re the first taste you get of what your public will think of your book. If they’re properly … Read More Beta Readers

Another Round

Getting Frozen Fire ready for another round of submissions. Reprinted it to read aloud to the cats. In fact, Jake is sitting on top of it now, waiting for me to begin. Elwood will come once I begin…as long as it’s outside. I always read my manuscripts aloud after every draft. If I’ve sent it out a few times and it comes back without … Read More Another Round

Turning Real Life into Fiction

I get it all the time: “Where did you get that idea?” I usually tell the person that I keep a journal and got it out of there. That’s the simple version. But, the truth is a bit more complicated. I usually combine a ton of things together for a story. Example: I’ve been thinking a lot about the fires in Fort McMurray. Specifically … Read More Turning Real Life into Fiction

Seven and a Half Chapters Out

I’m nearly done with the first draft of Birthright. There will be a celebration when I get these last chapters done. There always is. I think it’s important to celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small or uneventful it seems. It’s just a rough draft; there’s lots of work still to do, right? Right. But, the story will basically be done. This thing has lived … Read More Seven and a Half Chapters Out

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