All It Takes Is 60 Seconds

I have always thought that there was a book inside of me, but simply hadn't the patience to pull it out. I must have about a dozen half finished books gathering dust but just this year, I am going to do it! I'm going to finish that book....more

Writing and Publishing Resources

Once I had finished my novel, I knew the real work was just beginning.  Not only did I have to start editing, I also knew I had a lot of research to do on the process of getting published.  I decided early on that I wanted to go the traditional route of obtaining and agent and hopefully being picked up by a publishing house.  I just didn't know the first thing of how to go about that. ...more

Things NOT to do when you get rejected

Writers get rejected, it's just a fact.  {unless you self-publish of course.  It would be a little sad if you rejected yourself.}  It is hard, don't get me wrong, but all part of the process.  I mean, even Harry Potter was passed over a few times. Now, I don't claim to be a writing expert, but I am beginning to get a firm grasp on rejection.  So I thought I'd share with you a few of my tips of what NOT to do when you get rejected. ...more

What is a query letter?

I feel like I've jumped ahead a little bit with this blog.  Part of why I started it, is to share information.  When I first embarked on this journey of writing a book and trying to get published, I knew very little.  Through my research I found very few blogs that explain a lot of the ins and outs of the process.  I'm hoping to share my continuing journey and hopefully give some instruction to others that follow in this path. ...more

To Outline or Not to Outline

When I started my book last summer, I had a spark of an idea and just started writing.  I didn't plan anything out or outline it.  I just wrote and wrote and let the idea develop as I went along.  Other than the fact that I decided to change the direction halfway through, which resulted in chopping out 30,000 words, the process worked well for me.  I liked being surprised by my characters and the direction the book took.  ...more

End of the tunnel....

I really had grand intentions of writing in this space regularly.  I wanted to chronicle the process of writing and editing my first novel.  Well who knew it would take up so much of my time and energy?!  I'm sure I would have had a tiny bit of time to squeeze in a post at the end of the day, but my brain was so creatively drained that we're lucky I still remembered my own name. ...more

Where Do You Write?

Many years ago, my mom took my sisters and I to see Louisa May Alcott's house.  I was amazed when the tour guide pointed out the exact spot where she wrote Little Women.  I couldn't believe I got to see the place where my favorite book in the world was written.  I'm not sure if this is true for everyone, but I've never been able to just write anywhere.  I do my best work when I'm set up in the places I'm most comfortable.  For me, that is one of two places. The more comfortable of the two places I like to write is on my couch.  ...more

Have you penned the next Shades of Grey?

From GSpot Publishing:Have you penned the next Shades of Grey? Enter the Gspot Publishing Erotic Novel Contest!Deadline: November 15, 2012Entry Fee: $10Prize: Publication in ebook and Print on Demand format, $250 advance against royalties, and publishing contract...more

Holding the Tiger's Tail

So, it's been a little while. I'm sorry about that. I really am, because a good part of writing this blog is my desire not to forget a single second of this process. I want to live it, not just rush through it so that all I remember are the millions of email checks and the anxiety.In the last few weeks, I've revised my novel with my agent. A major revision that went so smoothly. I cut about 5,000 words and added 10,000. Part of me was a little afraid that I was revising out whatever made my book special. Okay, more than a little afraid....more

Wicked Good - Chapter Eleven

Chapter Eleven Archer pulled into the parking lot of the Mobil To Go, knowing Rory would be there. His home away from home. She didn’t know where Wayne had gone and certainly did not care....more