How I Got my Agent

I remember reading approximately three thousand "How I Got my Agent" posts while querying. Reading them made me feel so much less alone and more hopeful, so here's my contribution to the genre. Baby Author + Baby Three years ago, and shortly after my son turned one, I decided I needed to do something empowering … Continue reading How I Got my Agent

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Book Review: How to Survive a Summer

The Review   Five boys went in, but only four came out. Ten years ago, Will Dillard's preacher father put him in a "homosexual rehabilitation" camp which ended tragically. Now, Will is distanced from his family, but firm in his identity. Life seems to be falling into place as a film student when suddenly a … Continue reading Book Review: How to Survive a Summer

Shiny New Things and Slumps

I got a project successfully off to prom and immediately spent the next week stewing and miserable. I stomped around the house and sighed a lot and refreshed my email like I was giving it rescue breaths. Yesterday, I started outlining something and felt that pressure ease almost immediately. But I feel that slump sneaking up … Continue reading Shiny New Things and Slumps

Leave it On The Page

#PitchWars just finished for many of my comrades in arms and many of us are querying (as in watching their inboxes and going slowly crazy.) How do I know? I am one of those writers, so I definitely get it. One of the themes I kept seeing on the #PitchWars feed was Getting Ready for … Continue reading Leave it On The Page

Querying Trenches and Community

It's dirty down here, here in the trenches. Mostly, it's dirty with coffee grounds and crumbs from that roll of Caramel Delights you ate while rewriting your query letter for the thirtieth time. I've been doing something lately that makes me feel the smallest ounce better, and maybe it will for you, too. I've been … Continue reading Querying Trenches and Community

#pitmad- No Reason to Get Mad about Pitches

Brenda Drake's next #pitmad event is coming up on Thursday from 8AM- 8PM EST. Never participated before? Well, first things first-- read the link above. Done that? Okay. Double check that you meet all of the key qualifications: Is your manuscript completed? When you get a request for that awesome project that you're only 1/3 … Continue reading #pitmad- No Reason to Get Mad about Pitches

Update and Getting Motivated

  No matter what book on writing you read, every author emphasizes routine as a way to free creativity.  Making writing a habit makes the muse want to come out and dance a bit.  It's not that I doubted the truth of this statement, but I gave myself so many excuses to not make time … Continue reading Update and Getting Motivated