For those of you who somehow, inexplicably missed it… November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. To officially participate, you sign up and commit yourself to write 50,000 words in a month’s time, that month being November. (I know… Thanks Ms. Captain Obvious.) Personally, I’ve never participated NaNoWriMo, even though the past three years… Continue reading Are you a ‘real’ writer? ~D.T. Dyllin
What. A. Whirlwind. After months (years, including the writing) of self-reflection and improvement, research, preparation, social media building, and promo my book release date has come and gone. Was it everything I’d hoped it would be? Well, I had researched enough not to expect too much, so yes! In the end I was so glad… Continue reading A Debut Author’s Reflections on Her First Releases – Jen Crane
A writer can learn a lot about herself while writing and preparing to publish novels. I, for example, have learned my neurosis knows no bounds. I have chosen to take the sound advice of successful authors like Sylvia Day, and hold on to my first book until I can release more in the series. Sylvia’s… Continue reading Perfecting (or overthinking) the Self Published Novel – Jen Crane
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!
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
…When the World is Falling Down Around You I created my writing schedule for the year more than a year ago. Since then projects have been added here and there and life has also edged-in in the most unforeseen ways. However, it is important for me as an author to stay on schedule. If I… Continue reading Staying Motivated…
Meet Lacey Thacker. Last month we had the distinct pleasure of hosting a wonderful young woman whom a number of our group hires for her excellent abilities to edit a manuscript. She the marvelous and refreshing Lacy Thacker. Lacy gave us a quick overview of how she edits a manuscript. She does a three pass… Continue reading A Visit with a Real Editor