Don't miss the chance to connect and promote via your email signature. Here's a screen shot of mine: You can include social networking links, a picture and even a brief message in your signature and it won't look like a mess. How? Continue Reading ››
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Becoming an author requires you to give up little things like privacy, security, and spare time. Deadlines tick by without mercy. Emails multiply like rabbits. You sacrifice a little more. Eventually, the idea of having any spare time seems foreign to you. If this sounds familiar, a break from routine is probably the last thing … Continue Reading ››
As a culture, we're beyond busy. We career through space and time, barely tapping the bases in the hope we'll slide into home before the game's over. But even if we reach home, we lose -- if we're in … Continue Reading ››
Show, don’t tell. Watch your participial phrases. Don’t head hop. Whatever you do, stay within manuscript length recommendations. For a writer scrambling to keep up with all the dos and don’ts, the writing profession can seem full of arbitrary rules. And when someone breaks said rules and goes on to win awards, it’s tempting to … Continue Reading ››
What's a writer to do? I returned home from a writers conference reciting, "Must. Start. Blog." After all, it's the thing to do, right? Right. As a writer, I need to network, build a platform, look like I'm … Continue Reading ››
I’ve trodden the boards most of my life. No, I’m not talking about walking the plank, although it sometimes can feel that way during the infamous period known by theater people as hell week. That’s when troublesome musical passages, elusive lines, and final costume fittings collide with an overloaded slate of rehearsals. When it comes to … Continue Reading ››
Embracing life with gusto can lead to overload. Ask me. I know. Perhaps it’s the nature of my personality or the fact that I’m a joiner or simply How Life Goes. Whatever the reason, I regularly have to lighten my load … Continue Reading ››
Envy. It crops up with appalling ease. A member of your local writing group signs a multi-book contract. Another lands a dream agent. One friend tells you her latest book needs no substantial edits while you’re drowning in them. A friend wins an award you covet. You swallow the worm of jealousy, brace yourself and offer … Continue Reading ››