I confess I don’t have time to write a blog post today. The truth is I am in the final pages of my first novel and all the good stuff is happening. Since I never know what my characters may do, especially in the heat of crisis, I’m afraid to leave them alone too long. … More What’s An Author to Do?
Yesterday, Brendan tiptoed into our bedroom(home of my office) with the grin of a Cheshire cat. “Darling, guess what?” He held a small package in his hand. “It’s here?” He nodded and held it out as if on a silver platter for me to open. My book proof had come. I pulled the tab and … More Confessions from an Author
After a few trusted author sources recommended I find an agent, I began the search last month. I printed a list of recommended literary agencies off Michael Hyatt’s website, and proceeded to examine each agency website. Thoroughly. Even though I’m not exactly sure what I’m looking for. I pray as I search, so I guess … More Finding an Agent
On Christmas Eve I received a great gift. The three critiques for the second novel I entered in the ACFW First Impressions contest arrived in my inbox. As my wonderful husband predicted, they were far more positive than my first novel’s scores. I didn’t expect that—I mean, I’m the same writer, right? How could two … More Encouragement for Writers
I didn’t win the writing contest. Not that I expected to win. Truly! I entered more for the experience and the input from the judges. My desire to become a better writer motivated me to take the plunge and humbly accept any criticism offered. I am thankful for the three judges who read and critiqued … More How to Deal with Discouragement
Last year one of my goals was to open a Twitter account. On December 31, 2011 I posted my first tweet. I don’t think I would have done that if I had only thought or even said to myself that I should start tweeting. I knew it was something that would help my writing … More How to Make Your Writing Goals SMART
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Richard Bach This quote caught my attention earlier this week. My apologies to you whose blog I “stole” it from because I didn’t make a note of where I saw it when I copied it down and now, can I remember where it was?? Of course … More How to Become a Professional Writer
Sometimes as a writer in the vast world of professional bloggers, published authors, agents and publishing companies I feel very small. One of my favorite authors, Mary DeMuth, wrote a moving and challenging article in her e-zine this week addressing this apparently common issue. Her words encouraged me tremendously, especially since Mary writes amazing stories … More Feeling Small