Category: Tips

Making a List of Reviewers

It takes a year to get a book ready to publish, if you’re doing it right. Reviews, marketing, interviews, readings, signings, etc…. It takes time to build buzz. Right now, I’m working on a review list: people to be approached to give a review. Here are some of the categories, I’m sure there are more that will pop up. web blogs (I have more … Read More Making a List of Reviewers


People want to know what your novel’s about. “Tell me in just a couple sentences.” Blurbs are important, not only for submitting a novel to a prospective publisher/agent, but also for the marketing of said novel. I’ve been working on blurbs for the Sentient series. The whole series, and then the individual books. For some reason, blurbs have always been difficult for me. I … Read More Blurbs

New Pin Board

As a writer, you know that marketing is half, if not more, of the battle.  We each learn as much as we can individually, yet there’s so much to learn, it seems impossible to become expert in it all, much less to find places where we can learn it.  To that end, I’ve started a new pin board on Pinterest: Marketing for the Writer.  I’m … Read More New Pin Board

Writer’s Block

I don’t believe in it.  Plain and simple.  Before you get upset with me, let me tell you that I recently spent a year not writing because I was having problems.  Yet, I still don’t believe in Writer’s Block.  I believe it’s your mind trying to tell you something.  Listen to it.  It’s saying, “I don’t know where to go next.”  Or perhaps, “Oops!  … Read More Writer’s Block

All Things Twitter

If you’re a writer, you know keeping visible is a must.  You know social media is your best option to gain this goal. In this post, we’re talking Twitter.  I admit I don’t know much about it.  And that’s okay.  If you’re a writer, your job is writing, not tweeting.  That said, you need to tweet.  Lots.  Keep constantly visible on there.  The more … Read More All Things Twitter

Staying Published

Great talk-about on that how to stay published in today’s market:  The Writer Unboxed

Writers’ Critique Groups

A couple weeks ago, I read my Middle Grade novel, Sentient.  After so many critiques (one from my writers’ group and one professional), rewrites and readings, I still found errors that I needed to fix.  My group, Breathe, is a great group, but sometimes it’s impossible to see everything in one session. Writers’ groups are an indispensable tool for a writer.  But, it’s important to … Read More Writers’ Critique Groups

Synopsis Writing

Synopsis writing is different than writing a book.  I’ve heard many say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever had to write.  I always write mine from a working outline that I make sometime during the novel process.  It makes it much easier for me.  But, I certainly appreciate any advice I can get on the subject. I found a great posting for writing a … Read More Synopsis Writing


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Of Titles and Genres

Right now, I’m editing a middle-grade novel.  The title I had, though it fit when I began writing, doesn’t fit now.  So I’m looking for another.  Here’s the blurb on it: Pala and her team of rangers escort a science mission to what they’ve been told is an uninhabited planet. Governmental insurgents release a biological agent and the rangers must stop them before the … Read More Of Titles and Genres

Pre-publication Blog

A fellow writer’s blog posting caught my eye this morning and I want to share it with you:  The Year-Long Book Launch.  Anyone in the business knows it takes at least a year to give a great launch for your book.  This blog post talks about the pre-publication journey of a writer, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, her insecurities, struggles and triumphs.  The article points us to … Read More Pre-publication Blog

Poetry Basket

We must walk past our kitchen table a couple dozen times a day.  For the past few months, we’ve kept a poetry basket centered there.  In the basket are books of poetry, books on writing poetry, paper pads, pens and pencils.  Any time of the day, one or both of us (my husband is a writer also) may sit down and write something.  We … Read More Poetry Basket

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