A couple of months ago, I did a post on the insider’s guide to the library that you can read here. Today, I thought I’d share what I learned during my time working in my local library on how to get your book on their shelves and how to get other libraries in the county/parish… Read More
I’ve written quite a few posts on the amazing benefits that come from attending writers conferences, but what do you do when you can’t go? This year will be one of the first times in a while that I won’t be attending a writers conference. I love going to ACFW, but this year, I’ll be… Read More
Over the spring and summer, my husband and I will be traveling a lot for his work. In the past, to make my travel writing time successful, I’ve tried a few things to stay productive on the road when it would be easy to lapse into vacation mode while I wait for him to finish… Read More
Sometimes, we writers can forget that our characters have to have small problems as well as the big problem, which is why we have a story to tell about them, but there is a reason why we need to break a bridge to divert their path or place a pebble in their shoe. Small problems help the story… Read More
Once a query has sparked interest and a proposal has been requested, it’s time to get to work polishing your proposal or if you haven’t written it yet, to get writing! If you are starting with a blank page, be prepared for there are quite a few elements that are needed for a proposal. In… Read More
I dreaded writing my first back cover copy. How on earth was I going to summarize an almost 90k novel into just 75-100 words? At first, I was thinking that this makes the synopsis look like a cake walk, but now that I’ve figured out a formula, I rather enjoy the challenge…and the synopsis still… Read More
As I am putting the final touches on my novel, I find myself checking for detail beyond just the grammar, punctuation and comma slip-ups. I check for my use of the five senses and make sure that they’re historically/regionally accurate. I know that it might seem like one of the basics of writing, but using the… Read More
This past week, my husband and I drove from Fairfield, Connecticut down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we set up our apartment home on the third floor in the height of Louisiana summer. Since the apartment is on the small side, I lost my designated writing space, so I set about creating an atmosphere that would be the most conducive for writing creativity.
There are things that you really don’t discover until after you start sending your manuscript out into the writing world. There were things I wished I had known before I started sending out that first really sad query letter. I could’ve avoided some very embarrassing rejection letters, but I just didn’t know.