Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

I’ve decided I’m going to analyze my writing week (every week) and share the motto that best fits what I experienced. This week, editing was a primary focus. Not because I was busy with editing clients, but because one of my novels had an editor I wasn’t happy with, and it finally caught up to…

The Modern Medici

Okay, the title probably is a bit misleading, but I’ll be perfectly frank—I hate writing titles. At least, I hate coming up with them for me. I can usually find a good title for my editing clients if they’re stuck. (Isn’t it always easier to help someone else rather than ourselves?) But, as usual, I…

This Week’s Writing Links

I’ve been largely absent online this week. It was my daughter’s high school commencement, and family has been in town. A great time was had by all. The last of our guests is leaving Friday morning (tomorrow as I write this; today as you read it). They’re being incredibly patient with me as I clear…

Curated Content for the Writing Industry

Here are the links to this week’s content on sites I’m involved with: On Monday, I posted on Story Empire the third installment of my author media kit posts. I discussed the bio and one sheet. Find it here. On Tuesday, on this site, I discussed writers on a streak and in a slump. Find it…

Judging a book by… well, you know.

When I was a young girl, I remember looking at food I didn’t want to try (like pickled pigs feet or souse, for example) and my grandparents telling me not to judge a book by its cover. I’ll admit, even book covers designed by amateurs don’t look as bad as souse.  If they do, well, then…

Do you know who you are?

It wasn’t so long ago where a novelist spent all day (for weeks and months at a time) isolated in a room, office, or designated “away” space (like a hotel or cabin) to do nothing but write. When I was younger, I glamorized the profession as I imagined being part of it. The sandalwood candles…

A Writer’s Ebbs and Flows

I think we, as writers, run hot and cold. At least, I do. Gosh, I hope I’m not the only one who isn’t constantly running at highest productivity. It’s probably healthy to have ebbs and flows, as much as we’d like to always have more flows than ebbs. Some slower productivity time lets us recharge for…

One-Sheets and Bios for Writers

Ah, Monday. The I-can’t-believe-the-weekend’s-over-already-and-I-really-don’t-want-to-get-out-of-bed day. Every day of the week. Once I manage to get moving, I’m actually pretty productive on Mondays. It’s kind of like a clean slate for me. I haven’t blown any goals yet, so it’s pristine. (By Friday, I’ve missed a lot of my to-do list targets, and I’m bummed. But…

Great Advice for Writers

Another Friday, another great week of content. Check out all the links curated just for writers by the authors at Story Empire. You can find the post (and the links) here.  

Writing a Substantive Book Review

Ah, the book review. The bane of authors everywhere. Unknown authors want more of them, well-known authors want reviewers to be nicer. There is a formula for writing book reviews—ones that help readers make a decision and, positive or negative, help authors know what works in the work and what doesn’t. Check out this post…

Using Authorgraph for Digital Signings

Today, Harmony Kent at Story Empire is going to explain what Authorgraph is and how authors can use it. It’s a fast and easy read, and you might find this is a tool you’d like to make use of. Check it out here.

The Write Place

My friend Joan Hall is at Story Empire today (kind of with her cats) to talk about the way creating a dedicated writing space helped improve her writing career. Check it out (especially if you enjoy mischievous cats).