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 […]

A little TNT for your writer’s block

This post is a little late and I apologize for my tardiness. I have been in a bit of a writing slump as of late. All of my writers out there, I’m sure you feel my pain and frustration. It took me a lot longer than it should have to realize this would be a […]

Social Media for the Socially Awkward

Greetings my awesome readers!  You make me look forward to writing this each week.  Knowing I will get to connect with you, if only briefly, gives me such happiness!  For real though, you guys are amazing! This week I thought I’d talk a bit about social media, probably mostly because I’m trying to navigate these […]

The plan, the myth, the legend

I can hardly believe another week has passed us by!  The time sure flies when you’re having fun, or so I’m told.  It also flies when you are a super busy parent.  There is always homework to check and laundry to do.  Clubs to sign up for, projects to finish, spelling words to learn, birthday […]

How to keep the flame of inspiration stoked

Sometimes when you are writing, inspiration hits and it hits hard. That’s what happened to me for the next part of my first full length novel. You see, I got this great idea for a scene for my book that involved fire. I was so excited that I banged out an entire chapter faster than […]