Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How To Write a Simple Summary

September 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Publishing, Writing Tips

When I first query an editor with an story idea, I break it down into a few simple parts. A summary is not an overview of the entire novel, but rather a summary that will hopefully hook the editor into wanted to know more. This type of summary can be used on a One-Sheet (popular at […]

My Best Writng Advice

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Authors, Blog, Publishing, Writing Tips

Early on in my writing journey, my quest for publication, I received a bit of advice that at first I balked but now, in clear hindsight, value more than any other counsel I was offered.  I was never a big reader.  In school I skimmed, jumped, skipped, and trotted through books, pulling out the highlights […]

How Do You Get Published?

July 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Writing Tips

When I attended my 15-year high school reunion recently, the number one question I was asked was, “How do you get published?” or “How do I get published?” Most of my classmates knew that I just had my first book released, Real Women Scrap: Create the Life and Layouts You’ve Always Wanted, ( and wanted […]

Querying With an Unfinished Manuscript

July 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Writing Tips

AS A FIRST TIME AUTHOR, should you finish your manuscript before you query an editor? I have been asked this question by all kinds of hopeful writers, and the answer is, sorry Kids, but yes. I know, I know. I’m not exactly the most experienced “published” novelist on the block. After all, my book isn’t […]

Professional Writer?

November 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Writing Business

At some point, the average writer will make a decision: to continue writing for pleasure and occasional payment or to make it a career. Either is fine. Some of you may not want the stress of producing words to keep your finances in the green. It’s no easier than clocking into a shop or office […]

How Writers Can Use Pinterest for Marketing

July 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Marketing, Time Management

Pinterest has quickly become one of the fastest growing social networks and is turning heads in marketing circles. It’s time writers get on the train. Last month Brandy gave us a great piece on why writers should NOT use Pinterest. Anyone who has visited the site can tell you how quickly a few minutes turn […]

10 Uses for your Writing Tomato

June 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Writing Business

Put Tomato in your header It’s day 2 of my WI takeover. I was hoping for hostages, but they all told me they had to use the restroom and I haven’t seen them since. However, in a half-hearted attempt to follow Super G’s instructions, I will post about tomatoes. Why tomatoes? I’m glad you asked. […]

Writing is a Business

May 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Encouragement, Publishing

Yes, I know it’s Thursday, and my post is supposed to be one of encouragement. All butterflies and rainbows.  Not gonna happen today. As some of you may have heard, we’ve had some bad news in the world of Christian fiction this week. B&H has decided to close down its fiction division. To add to […]

Dallas Writers University One Day Intensive with Agent Chip MacGregor

April 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Industry

  So it’s Monday and I’m behind in blogging again. This week’s excuse? A successful run of The Little Mermaid. So instead of banging out a post, I’m passing on a great deal on an awesome One Day Intensive with my agent Chip MacGregor. It’s May 4th in Dallas and seating is limited to 30 […]

When You Feel Like You’ve Been Left Behind in This Publishing Journey

April 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Encouragement, Interruptions, Publishing

So this post has been sitting in my draft folder for while, waiting for the right time, or maybe for me to truly feel that I’ve conquered the “left behind” feeling so I can adequately encourage others. The truth is I still feel like I’ve been left behind at times, so maybe it’s time to set these […]

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