Tag Archive: practical tips

Slaying your ill-written dragons.

Well ladies and gentlemen, the time has arrived where I have begun work on my actual query letter. The superbly talented editor Ellen Brock has graciously agreed to help me polish this bad boy until it shines so brightly, everyone who reads it will have to wear sunglasses! Now that you have that wonderfully light […]

Query, query they aren’t all contrary.

You’ll never guess where I am right now. Well, if you follow me on social media you may be able to guess since I posted a picture of it. haha It is February 6 and I am currently poolside watching my fellas enjoy their first pool day of the year! Can I just tell you how […]

Pitching a fit or a synopsis, same difference?

I can hardly believe it is Friday already! It feels like I was just writing last week’s post and here I find myself once again typing away on the ole laptop. I thought I had plenty of time to write this and then I woke up this morning and realized that today was Friday! Eeek! […]

I’ve never been good at thumb twiddling.

Hello my darling readers! Oh how I have missed you! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy our little chats every Friday. I have been receiving a lot of positive feedback about this blog and I am over the moon that you have chosen to follow my journey to write and publish my first […]

Teaching my manuscript the butterfly stroke.

I have a confession to make, I feel a bit bipolar at times when I think about my writing. Sometimes, when I write something or come up with an idea I think is really great, I’m on cloud nine. Other times, I’ll read through it and question my very ability to write even the most […]

Queries, synopses, and bios, oh my!

Here I am in my second week of waiting for my lovely beta readers to do their thing. It’s hard to be patient but of course they deserve to be able to read it in their own time. After all, it took me months to write it, right? Dear mother of Moses I hope it […]

Beta readers are alphas in my book

First I wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent me encouraging messages whether here on the blog or on the various social media outlets to which I am subscribed. Your encouragement means the world to me! I have finally, finally, finally finished my first round of edits and sent my manuscript off to […]

It’s my novel and I’ll cry if I want to

So I am still in what I am loosely referring to as the ‘editing phase’ of my novel publishing adventure. I still lie awake at night completely terrified that my novel series will be a bust. I don’t know if it would be worse for it to be completely terrible or to get a reaction […]

Taking a #2 with all your data (aka the info dump)

In anticipation of finishing my book, I began to think about the editing phase. Now I am by no means a grammatical expert and I am the queen of stranded prepositions (I’m thinking of starting a band by that name, does anyone play the oboe?). So of course I thought I would like to find […]