I am ankle-deep in what is shaping up to be the most challenging book I’ve ever written. I say ankle-deep because I was hoping to be knee-deep by now and that’s just not a reality at the moment. There’s way too much going on with his book, and a lot of it in areas of writing that I consider to be “weak” for me. It’s important as a writer that you acknowledge your own strengths and weaknesses. The only way you become a better writer is by embracing and leveraging… Read more Know Your Strength & Weaknesses →
I participated in a twitter pitch event earlier this week, and lucky me! I got a great big ❤️ from two different indie presses. I was hoping to find a new agent, but an indie press is just fine with me, so I immediately headed over to their webpages to get a feel for the both of them. The first thing I look at on an indie press is the quality of their book covers. Sadly, I’ve seen a few indie presses with book covers that look like they were… Read more Check Your Submission Guidelines – Thoroughly →
We all know 2020 was a rough year, and writing-wise, it was a mixed bag for me. Overall, I managed to: Finish 2 YA manuscripts Draft a new YA manuscript (and complete NaNoWriMo) Query 3 YA manuscripts Write and publish 2 romance novels Write and publish 3 romance novellas Publish a romance novella collection All during a pandemic while dealing with a special needs child virtually learning next to me while I’m working from home at the full-time day job. It’s been a challenging year, but damn. I’m proud of… Read more New Year, New Goals →
I’m hard at work revising and ripping through the second draft of this year’s NaNoWriMo project, a YA fantasy titled The Seventh Race. Here’s the working summary: Six continents. Six perilous races. Complete any one of them in the allotted time and win prizes and acclaim. Complete all six in a row, and you become the first person in history to complete the Seventh Race – winning money, glory, and a chance at a far better life anywhere in the world. Only one group of youngers is allowed to compete… Read more Trying To Wrap My Mind Around A Whole World →
I’ve been through a bit of a writer rollercoaster lately (writercoaster?) first with my imprint shutting down, then my having to dump my non-responsive agent (who left agenting not long after). Now I’m back in the trenches with three different manuscripts under my arm, knocking on agent’s doors and begging them to pleasepleaseprettyplease read more than my first ten pages. It’s grueling, and the sad fact is for all of us in this position, only a very small percentage of agents respond at all. The few who do send you… Read more I May Have Book News Coming Soon . . . →
Six continents. Six perilous races. Complete any one of them in the allotted time and win prizes and acclaim. Complete all six in a row, and you become the first person in history to complete the Seventh Race – winning money, glory, and a chance at a far better life anywhere in the world. Only one group of youngers is allowed to compete every year, and Ree is determined to win it all and save herself and her older sister from a life of indentured servitude. She’ll have to watch… Read more Presenting: My #NaNoWriMo Project →
That’s right – I’ll be leading a virtual writing workshop on Oct 18th with Creative Light Factory as we gear up for NaNoWriMo ✍️ Come hang out with me and learn to outline your story when you really (I mean REALLY 😠) hate outlining.