When I tell people I’m a writer, they always ask, Where to you get all your ideas? It’s like they think my mind is some magical place where ideas grow like mushrooms in a dark room. In a way they do. I’m sure it’s dark inside my head, but what I see in the world… Continue reading Where do stories come from?
That is the question every writer asks themselves about the people populating their imagination. Who are they? What makes them tick? What are their flaws? What makes them great? I love to find out who my hero and heroine are. They end up taking me on a journey of discovery. Not only about their lives,… Continue reading Who Are They Really?
I’m back from Shreveport, Louisiana – my first writers’ conference and my first opportunity to pitch to an editor. I’ll confess that I’m an organization nerd. I took nicely arranged folders containing synopses and chapters for each manuscript. I thought I would visit, tell them briefly about my work, and leave a file behind. Yeah… Continue reading Pitching
This is my baby. My first full length novel. In my eyes writing is like being pregnant. You anticipate the arrival of your new little bundle and when they get here you are filled with excitement and want to shout out to the world. That’s how I see marketing. Now, I am not… Continue reading Off to Market I go.
If you follow this blog, you have probably noticed that I’m a fan of setting goals. Big goals, little goals, goals for word count, sales and income… I’m all over them. They help me visualize where I want to go and who I want to be as a writer. Plus, meeting a goal feels so… Continue reading Goals!
I always have a plan. And I’m constantly revising it. This writing gig is very fluid, especially if you write for more than one house. When you’re not a superstar, you are chasing the next contract and not wanting to be out of publication too darn long, so when opportunities creep up, you don’t want… Continue reading Planning the Work
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to participate in my first book signing. The books, Wild At Heart Volume I & II are anthologies benefitting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refugee. The refuge, located six miles south of Eureka Springs, AR provides lifetime homes for nearly 140 abandoned, abused, and neglected big cats, as well… Continue reading Book Signing Lessons