The Query that Got Me a Book Contract – And 5 Tips for Writing Your Own

Pamela JaneAn Incredible Talent for Existing: A Writer's Story (memoir and blog)I’m always interested in reading successful queries, especially memoir queries because they are so difficult to write–at least for me. I was so close to my story that it was nearly impossible for me to describe it with any degree of objectivity. It seemed easier just to write the whole darn book!...more

Vegetable with a Plot (Don't trust the zucchini!)

Ah, summer. One of my favourite things this time of year is shopping at the Farmer's Market on Friday mornings. By now, in late July, all the stands are loaded with fresh, colourful fruit and vegetables and the air fairly zings with the pungent scent of basil. It feels good to support local growers while stocking my pantry with feasts for a week....more

'Down the Rabbit Hole'.... Dive in if you dare as Holly Madison tells all!

If expectations fit like clothing, then this book would be a glove, albeit a glove picked up from the floor of a porn set....icky, sticky and unsavory. But what else would you expect from a book detailing life in the Playboy Mansion?What you might not expect is for the book to also be sad and maddening, written as it is, from the perspective of a woman who is escaping from her own personal 'Stockholm Syndrome' past....more

I Love Salad Bars!

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with salad bars.  I loved them and everyone else hated them....more

A Story and a Mentor's Memoir

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12 Days of Christmas: The Betty Christmases

My mom, Nancy, is posting a different Christmas memory for 12 days. She gave me her blessing to repost them here. It’s amazing how a life story can be told through the lens of a certain day....more

Twelve Days of Christmas Memories: 1

My mom, Nancy, is posting a different Christmas memory on Facebook for 12 days. She gave me her blessing to repost them here. It's amazing how a life story can be told through the lens of a certain day....more
What a great idea! Can't wait to see more. I'm a real Christmas person, so the plan really ...more

Thanksgiving Memories

What is your earliest Thanksgiving memory?  Was Thanksgiving a big deal at your house when you were a kid?  It certainly was at ours.  And not always in a good way, I might add....more

Lessons of NaBloPoMo

My father likes to say that everyone is capable of being an author because we all have at least one story to tell:  Our own.I think he’s right, and that over time, we develop a script to explain our lives.  It could go something like this:  “I grew up in a small town, I got married right out of high school, we had kids, I worked in the local factory.”  Or, in my case, “I grew up as a misfit, attended a lot of college, bounced around from job to job, married at the age of forty and ended up unemployed a lot of the time.”...more

Why Power Women Should Stop Writing Memoirs

This article was first published to The Huffington Post on November 20, 2014....more
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