On Using Criticism to Level Up, from Author Delilah S. Dawson

I normally write a way more wordy post every week. But this thread on when and how to take criticism on your work was just too perfect. Enjoy: https://twitter.com/DelilahSDawson/status/1087360935059181573 (It's a thread. Be sure to click through it and read the whole thing!) And now, an unrelated thought-dump on blogging, and what topics to blog … Continue reading On Using Criticism to Level Up, from Author Delilah S. Dawson

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How Much Do Authors Make? On the Authors Guild Survey and the Complex Topic of Income

Photo Credit: The Authors Guild. The Authors Guild released a survey a few weeks ago about how much the average author makes, and hooooooooo boy, it's not good. According to the survey, the median income for all writers is about $6,000, while the median for full-time authors is around $20,000. On top of that, roughly … Continue reading How Much Do Authors Make? On the Authors Guild Survey and the Complex Topic of Income

And Now, a Short Hiatus for NaNoWriMo 2018

It's October 31! You know what that means! ...OK. Yes. It's Halloween. I actually meant something else. It's the end of October. And tomorrow's the start of November! And that means it's time for National Novel Writing Month--also known as NaNoWriMo--a beloved annual event where writers try to write a 50,000-word story in a month. … Continue reading And Now, a Short Hiatus for NaNoWriMo 2018

The Contradictory World of Querying Agents

It's fun to complain, isn't it? Let's complain about querying! Querying is complicated! Querying is messy! And every time I query, I am simultaneously delighted that I seem to be doing OK and terrified that I'm doing everything wrong. And both might be true! Nothing makes sense. Everything is anxiety-inducing. This post has no point! … Continue reading The Contradictory World of Querying Agents

Middle Grade Stories aren’t Just Young Adult without Sex: Some Thoughts on Genre

First thing's first! Want to enter a giveaway for Justice Unending? Just hop over to LibraryThing, change the "Media" drop-down to "Paper Only," and scroll down until you find it. (I wish I could link directly to the thing. Sorry for all the extra steps!) And with that out of the way, let's get back … Continue reading Middle Grade Stories aren’t Just Young Adult without Sex: Some Thoughts on Genre

Journaling: How Complaining About My Story Helped Me Work Through It

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how I lost a ton of time this year by trying to bully myself into coming up with awesome ideas, on a deadline, during my daily hourly writing time. It really, really didn't work. And because this wasn't working, I decided to try some other, gentler brainstorming … Continue reading Journaling: How Complaining About My Story Helped Me Work Through It