Choosing Your Path to Publication, Part 3: Decisions, Decisions

Welcome back for the last post in our short series on paths to publication. If you missed Part 1 Traditional Publishing or Part 2 Self-Publishing, be sure to catch up on the pros and cons first! Today, we're going to talk about how to make this important decision, why I chose traditional publishing, and some … Continue reading Choosing Your Path to Publication, Part 3: Decisions, Decisions

Choosing Your Path to Publication, Part 2: Self-Publishing

Welcome back to the second post in my short series on choosing your publishing path. If you missed the first one, click here to learn the pros and cons of traditional publishing. Today we're going to talk about self-publishing, which means acting as your own publisher. Self-publishing can mean doing most of the work yourself, … Continue reading Choosing Your Path to Publication, Part 2: Self-Publishing

Choosing Your Path to Publication, Part 1: Traditional Publishing

If you’re an unpublished writer just starting out, you’ve probably already come face-to-face with the big question: how will I publish my book? In the “old” days (way back before 2010), you really only had one choice. Print out your manuscript, nestle it into a manila envelope along with your SASE, and mail it out … Continue reading Choosing Your Path to Publication, Part 1: Traditional Publishing

11 Writerly Things to Do While You’re Waiting

I’m convinced that the successful author really only needs two things—perseverance and patience. Perseverance because this career isn’t easy. It takes a lot of humility, learning, and hard work to become a good writer, and even more to get published. And patience because… You will wait. A LOT. Especially if you go the traditional publishing … Continue reading 11 Writerly Things to Do While You’re Waiting

The Traveling Writer – Tips for Crafting Believable Settings

For me, traveling is part of the job of being a writer. (Hello, tax deductions... 😉 ) Not only because vacations are refreshing to the mind and spirit, but also because they help me create a storehouse of places and experiences to draw upon when I'm brainstorming and writing. While I appreciate facts and accuracy … Continue reading The Traveling Writer – Tips for Crafting Believable Settings

Pre-planning Your Novel with Pinterest and Excel

Hey friends! I'm sorry I've been MIA for a so long (*hangs head in shame*). After the eternal length of spring, summer has been a whirlwind. My family took a socially-distanced three week camping trip out west in July and visited seven national parks. The hiking was glorious--we could almost pretend life was normal! I'll … Continue reading Pre-planning Your Novel with Pinterest and Excel

How to Make Your Opening Pages Stand Out

Whether you're prepping to query agents, planning to submit to a small press, or aiming to self-publish, the quality of your opening pages is crucial to your manuscript's success. When an agent sits down with your query, they're giving you minutes, maybe even seconds, to hook them so deeply they simply must keep reading. And … Continue reading How to Make Your Opening Pages Stand Out