Anyone who knows me know that I don't do well when faced with unavoidable reality. It's been a funny few weeks -- my book is finally finished-finished and out on submission after rounds of revisions and more beta feedback than I knew what to do with. I thought that would be my greatest battle this… Continue reading Covid-19 / Self-Care is Chocolate Icing on Toast
The trenches are real and they suck. When I was a baby writer, I naively assumed that the writing of The Novel would be the hardest part. Oh how I laugh at myself now! The query letter, if you know what it is, feels every writer with dread unparalleled. Newbie writers gawk when I gleefully… Continue reading A Journey Through The Query Trenches
I could tell you, truthfully, that I got my agent from my first book that I wrote in a month, that I sent out seventeen queries over the course of three weeks, and signed five weeks after I started. That's the hook-y, pitch-y version. The longer one is this: Once upon a time in 2013,… Continue reading Hope Without Expectation: How I Got My Agent
The Writing Barn I arrived the day before the intensive started, partly because -- Ya know -- FOMO, but really to have a day where I could just work. I knew as soon as everyone arrived, I'd be snatching moments to do my own work, and this time was as much for my creativity as… Continue reading The Writing Barn — YA/MG Weekend Intensive
So, 2019. I started off the year knowing i wanted to be ambitious. I'd missed that aspect of myself; the reckless creativity and the hurtling towards something Big, even if I risked missing it. I've always been a journey-over-destination person anyway. I finished 2018 well, with a 150k NaNoWriMo under my belt and my first… Continue reading A Year of Big Scary Things!