30 Years of Blessings – Looking Back to Move Ahead

Today, as I look ahead to the New Year, I’m also celebrating another big milestone. Today, I turn 30. And while I’m definitely feeling a wee bit old, I’m also feeling tremendously thankful. For the health and energy to pursue my dreams. For long-time faithful friends and a family I adore. For the privilege of…

Why You Can’t Afford an Editor

Writing is an awfully expensive journey, isn’t it? Let’s keep it uber real here today, friend. Honest with each other over a cup of my favorite peach tea. The author’s road is a hard one. Been there, got the t-shirt. Your laptop is not exactly cheap. Add to that a word processing program, office supplies,…

How to Create Your Author Brand (Pt. 1)

Your author brand is nothing more than your authentic story.  Let’s set aside all the fancy talk of platforms and networking, fonts and social media strategies, logos and websites, brand archetypes and all the “expert advice.” Because none of that matters until you know your story. You probably think your story is your book. Your…

Why a writing coach is your best friend

People live at the heart of your story. You may think your book is about you. And it absolutely is. Your unique voice breathes life into a story that only you can tell. But it’s not JUST about you. It takes a village of beta readers, critique partners, writing coaches, editors, agents, proofreaders, graphic designers,…

The Introvert’s Guide to Networking

What’s a word that will make almost any introverted writer shudder? Networking. Or perhaps its cousin, platform. Ugh. I have to talk to people? Can’t I just hide in my back bedroom and create such an enthralling novel that everyone will buy it on the merit of craft alone (without the unpleasantness of social interaction…

The Introvert’s Guide to Writing in Community

When people think of writers, they don’t really think of community. More often, the stereotype of the solitary author skipping meals and pounding away at a keyboard in some attic comes to mind instead! (And let’s be real, that stereotype exists for a reason. It happens. *deadline* *cough*). But the creative process doesn’t happen in…

Depression, Anxiety and the Creative Writer

Creative writers often jokingly refer to the strangeness of the writing experience in terms of a mental illness. Multiple personalities (Characters that talk back? Say, whaaat?), obsessive behavior, the “tortured artist” stereotype, all the feels, etc. But there’s a darker underbelly beneath all the joking. The sensitive, artistic personality types who tend to express their…

A Writing Conference Survival Guide for the insecure author

I was a 19-year-old kid who didn’t know much of anything when I went to my first writing conference. In fact, I was mainly going because I’d enjoyed writing stories with friends in high school, and I wanted an excuse to hang out with my best friend. 🙂 It was one of the most terrifying…

How to impress an agent or editor in 15 minutes or less

They say public speaking is people’s most common fear, even more than dying. So I suppose it’s not surprising that most writers fear pitching to agents and editors more than any other aspect of the writing and publishing process. Oh. And then there’s the bit where a disproportionate number of writers are shy introverts. That…

What kind of edit does your book need?

What’s involved in a book edit? Are there different types of edits? How do I know which kind of edit my book needs? Fair questions, and ones I hear often when talking to other authors and clients. But finding a simple, clear answer is surprisingly hard to come by. Terms are used interchangeably, and opinions…

How to save time and money with a manuscript consult

Have you ever written most of the first draft of your novel, only to realize there are major problems in your plot and character arcs that will require massive rewrites? I have. It’s so incredibly frustrating. You have to throw out whole scenes, chapters, even the majority of your manuscript because you were so in love…

The key to thriving when you want to give up

Have you ever felt like giving up? Not just when life gets a little hard or you think it’d be easier to just quit. I’m talking about those times when you’ve not let yourself quit time after time, and you just start feeling like your situation is never going to change. You feel like you’re…