I started a new manuscript this week. Some authors get really excited about a new start. I’m not one of them. It isn’t that I don’t know what to write—the synopsis is detailed, the story already sold. The opening scenes are clear in my head. I just…I always feel like I don’t know my characters… Continue reading Mags for President of the Procrastination Nation
I just returned from my second-ever RWA national conference. This year, the conference in fabulous New York City. The last I attended was in 2010 at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Yep, two conferences, five years apart, but both experience were incredible. And very different. I thought I’d take a minute to do a little… Continue reading A Tale of Two Conferences by Margaret Ethridge/Maggie Wells
I’m sorry I don’t have a more zippy post to share with you this month. You see, a couple weeks ago, my publisher gave the verbal green light on books 2 & 3 in a proposed series. Yay! Then he hit me with a deadline that made me flinch just the teensiest bit. Now, I’m… Continue reading Mags vs. the panic attack
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813). It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859). Mr. and Mrs. Dursley… Continue reading What’s your line? Play a game with Mags!
Do you have a business plan? If not, you need one. Voirey Linger did two excellent posts here in the DSRA blog about setting up your business plan. If you haven’t read them check out The Business Plan and The Business Plan, Part 2. I’ve been working, and re-working my business plan for my writing… Continue reading Stick with the plan!
As writers, we spend a lot of time inside our heads. This is both a blessing and a curse. There’s nothing better than those days when your characters are chattering and the words floweth like water. Then there are the other 364 1/2 days of the year. *rimshot* And on those days, we are tempted… Continue reading Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper
There are a ton of great things about this business. Things that never get old. A yes, when you were prepared for a no. Phone calls that make your heart break into a gallop. Gifts from the cover art angels in your inbox. A galley. Preorder buttons. Release day. Reviews that make a writer go… Continue reading Never gets old, never gets easier