When plotting, I walk—and talk.

I write daily. I must. Creators—painters, photographers, musicians, and writers too—are like athletes: to keep in the game, you must stay fit. In order to strengthen our plots and dig deep into our characters, authors have to stretch their minds. We can’t do this by sitting in front of a computer for five to eightContinue reading “When plotting, I walk—and talk.”

Why Authors Choose to Self-Publish

Most authors walk a financial tightrope.  Hey, don't take my word for it. In a September 2015 an article on a recent Authors Guild survey of its members' incomes,  Publishers Weekly put it this way:   Yikes. Thank goodness for self-publishing. It saved my career, and those of many other authors I know. Even with four novels (one optioned forContinue reading “Why Authors Choose to Self-Publish”

My NaNoWriMo Tips!

A tip a day keeps you scribblin' away. Okay, not exactly a great line, but it gets the point across. And as my tips say here, "I'll edit on the back end." And so will you–but first things first Every day through November, I've been supporting those participating in National Novel Writing Month by launching posts on creativeContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tips!”

And then there were five (NaNoWriMo tips)…

It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.  Here's Tip #5, for Monday, November 5th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. Here's to yourContinue reading “And then there were five (NaNoWriMo tips)…”

NaNoWriMo Tip #28: Here’s what to do to keep your story from being a turkey.

Over Thanksgiving weekend–yep, NOW!–the pull of family, friends and great food will lull you away from your daily NaNoWriMo goal of 1,350 words or thereabouts. The more diligent writers will do what they can to double up on their daily word count prior to this holiday. But if you’re actually in charge of the feedingContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #28: Here’s what to do to keep your story from being a turkey.”

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Why the voice you choose matters.

Yesterday I read a comment from an author participating in National Novel Writing Month that made me wince: she was bemoaning the fact that she’d started her book in first person, but now realizing that third person worked better for the story, didn’t want to go back and make the changes needed. In my head, IContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Why the voice you choose matters.”

Why MacBook Air is “Meh” for Authors

I'm a big Apple Mac fan. Always have been– Until now. This past year my travel schedule heavied up. I wasn't looking forward to hitting the road with my iBook laptop. (Walking through the streets of New York and Chicago with the strap of your computer bag dragging you down is not a great fashionContinue reading “Why MacBook Air is “Meh” for Authors”

A Secret Agent Man, Nathan Bransford, Lets Clueless Authors In On: Yes, We Need Him.

I love my agent (Holly Root, that'd be U!) She gives as much as she gets: that means advice, both to clients and to any author willing to ask questions–and more importantly, to listen. Thank goodness for us writerly types, she's not the only agent willing to depart some important nuggets of knowledge. The indubitableContinue reading “A Secret Agent Man, Nathan Bransford, Lets Clueless Authors In On: Yes, We Need Him.”

The Authors Guild: Advice to Authors on Protecting eBook Royalties

Sometimes we authors are so desperate to see ourselves in print, that we forget to protect ourselves when it counts most: during contract negotiations. Truth is, if you don't push back, you can't survive. Don't be stupid. Take the advice from the Authors Guild that I've reprinted here, below. Just another reason to join, byContinue reading “The Authors Guild: Advice to Authors on Protecting eBook Royalties”

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