Looking for a literary agent?

I’m not currently looking for an agent, but merely thinking about the process makes me break out in a cold sweat. Finding a good match, writing a stellar query, knowing how to spot a fake… Never mind actually having a polished manuscript to submit! Fortunately, there are many great resources to help writers along. Websites galore, how-to…

NaNoWriMo: Creating a book cover

I was on the fence (again) this year about joining NaNoWriMo, but the idea of writing during the month of November with my amazing Platformed Challenged friends has convinced me. I’m in! Still… I worry. This year, November for me means not only all of the usual busyness of Thanksgiving, family, and work because in…

Want to visit Heaven (with a quick side trip to Hell)?

Fiction Review: Fall from Grace Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My review is very detailed, so if you want the bottom line scroll to the end of the post!  Heaven. Whether or not you are of the religious variety, the word “Heaven” is synonymous with a place…

The Writing Life: Lions and Tiger and Titles – Oh My!

If you’re anything like me, you start writing because a character (or an interesting situation) comes to visit your brain. And you write and write and write and begin to bring to life the story. You start to get excited about your wonderful writing so you share bits and pieces of the project with your…

Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 7): Enjoy the Ride

My final takeaway after attending myriad writing conferences for a year is to sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself. I know it can be stressful to network, have your work critiqued, or pitch to an agent. But it’s important to remember that writing conferences are not put on to induce stress. They are there to…

Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 6): Bang for Your Buck

The cost of attending writing conferences can range from my all-time favorite, FREE, to hundreds (and hundreds) of dollars. Additionally, a writing conference can last one day or multiple days, which, unless you live relatively close to the venue means a hotel room and meals out. How do you know which conference to attend in…

Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 5): Critique Sessions

Many conferences offer critique sessions in a group setting or one-on-one feedback meetings with a professional writer, editor, or agent. Is it worth missing out on another session to attend a critique? YES! Even if you are in an MFA program or have a phenomenal writing group, the feedback you receive in those critique session…