My parents built a summer house on a tidal river at the New Jersey shore when I was one year old. Salt water is in my blood. When I was in my thirties, my goal changed from having my own … Continue reading
Editor? Agent? Lawyer? How do you choose which is right for you? The answer depends on what you need and what it’s worth to you. New York publishers are commonly viewed as the Ivy League of the publishing world. Unless … Continue reading
The ALLi online event packed with free author advice starts March 18. This will be the 3rd year I’ve attended. What I love is the solid content without the sales pitches usually found in other free events. I’ve learned more … Continue reading
Writing my historical novel, American Gold, I find myself using Czech words and names, but Word keeps flagging them as misspellings. I don’t want to add them to my main dictionary because I’ll probably never use those words or names … Continue reading
I received a professional critique of the first five pages of my historical novel in progress, American Gold, from Jodi Henley. Your first five pages are the most critical when submitting to an agent or publisher, or grabbing a reader … Continue reading
It is so frustrating when I learn about what sounds like the perfect writers conference or retreat only to find that it’s already happened or registration is closed. Instead of waiting for your favorite writers magazine or author group to … Continue reading
Do all writers need a platform, and just what is platform anyway?
What if you’re an unpublished fiction writer?
Happy New Year everyone! Are your rocks in order for 2017? Successful author Joanna Penn uses the analogy of rocks in a jar for determining major, medium, and minor goals in her podcast. Maybe it will keep you from getting … Continue reading
I’m busy with the holidays and fighting a cold, so I’ll make this short and sweet. Here’s some good info from Jane Friedman on how to choose a small publisher. It can be tough to sell any of the Big … Continue reading
We’re down to the Big 5 in publishing, but the number of imprints buried under those big names is mind-boggling. Trying to find out who owns who can feel like forging a path through a jungle. Here’s link to a … Continue reading