It's the end of the year! And that means it's time for me to look back at what I accomplished, and lament review how it went! (Also, I full acknowledge that this is going to be ridiculously boring to anyone who isn't me. Sorry. It's tradition.) Reading: The trend continues! If there's one thing I'm … Continue reading 2018: My Year in Review
Yes. Post's over! You can all go home now, guys. You--...what? I need to write a little more than that? Honestly, this is one of those questions I've never understood. "The best writers are avid readers" appears in every "Advice for Writers" forum, book, and blog ever written. But writing communities are full of posts … Continue reading Do authors need to read a lot of books?
Holy moley, it's been a long time since I've posted here. Hi! I hope everyone reading this had some wonderful holidays! It's December 31st! The end of the year! And I wanted to take this moment to look back at what I accomplished this year. So let's get to it! I read a lot of … Continue reading 2015 Year in Review
I recently finished Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley, and my very short review is on Gooodreads. But, like always, I'm going to leave the review on Goodreads and ramble about what it meeeeeeans to me here. This has not, so far, been a very good year for writing. I'll write about that later, I'm … Continue reading Outlining, Outlining, Outlining! – And Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley
Here's a question I don't have an answer to: Should a writer also write book reviews? Unsurprisingly, opinions differ. (Here's a recent thread from Absolute Write.) (EDIT: Eep! It just occurred to me that this isn't clear. I'd never argue that a writer who doesn't review books should start. I'm asking from the other angle: … Continue reading Should Writers Write Book Reviews?
Another year has come and (almost) gone! That means it's time for that most precious of all New Year's traditions: Brutal self analysis! ...well, okay. I'll hold the "brutal." Let's just see what I did this year. Reading! I read an awful lot this year. I read 41 books, in fact, and that's pretty darn … Continue reading 2014 Year in Review
I'm querying! That means I glom onto absolutely everything I find online that is related to the process of querying. In fact, I am currently I'm sitting on a treasure trove of agent-related links, none of which I have actually bothered to post here. So it's time. I am actually going to start posting these … Continue reading New Leaf Literary and Media on agents and “It’s good, it’s just not for me.”
I moved across the whole darn country last week, so I couldn't post this earlier. The new Humble eBook Bundle is out! And there's still time to buy it: Humble eBook Bundle 4 pay what you want and help charity It's the same as always: Pay what you want, get lots of books. At the … Continue reading The Humble eBook Bundle Returns!
I've been reviewing works in progress for folks on Absolute Write's Beta Readers, Mentors, and Writing Buddies board. (Which is an amazing place if you really want to get a story reviewed, by the way. I got 4 offers in under 24 hours for my 70,000 YA fantasy novel.) One of them taught me how … Continue reading A Quick-and-Dirty Guide to Making Imperfect .EPUB Files
The wait is killing me. I desperately, desperately want to talk about the short story I sold, but I also really want to get the finished, signed contract in hand before I go crazy and announce it all over the internet. And while it's probably OK for me to talk about it now, I don't … Continue reading (Kind of a) Book Review: The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft