Like many writers, I spent November with my head down and fingers flying. I’m happy to report that I completed my seventh NaNoWriMo challenge this year. And it was just what I needed. As you know from previous posts, I’ve been struggling with my latest WIP. Not the story, but prying the darn thing out… Continue reading It’s that time of year!
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 held a cover reveal for my first book last week. As is maybe the nature of most things in life, I didn’t know anything about book covers, much less cover reveals until I needed one. But I did need one, and here’s why. I’ve worked hard at learning the craft of novel writing, and… Continue reading Pimpin’ (a book) Ain’t Easy by Jen Crane.
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!
By Voirey Linger A website is an important platform for today’s author, but it can be hard to know just what to include. Not every author needs the same things, and it’s easy to stuff your site so full of clutter that visitors can’t find the important things. Not only that, but sometimes it’ hard… Continue reading What Should Your Website Have?
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
After seeing several blog posts and other references to #PitMad and #PitchMadness and a #Plethora of other Twitter author pitch contests, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Now, this method is not for everyone and it will certainly never replace the querying process, but I decided to go for it. I… Continue reading All aTwitter: Some Insight Into Author Pitch Contests