Book 1 vs Book 2

Book 1 vs Book 2

The main question I have received since announcing Book 2 has been: “Was the writing process different this time? Has it felt different?” The answer is a resounding yes, and there is no better illustration than my ironic realization this morning.  Let’s back up. For Book 1, I had a detailed spreadsheet with every different [...]

Spacebar: the Unsung Hero (and other more important updates)

Spacebar: the Unsung Hero (and other more important updates)

The spacebar: I have a new appreciation for this unsung, overlooked hero of the writing world.  My spacebar was driving me absolutely insane. About 10% of the time it either refused to enter any space at all, or it added two, which triggered autocorrect to add a period and capitalize my next word. I was [...]

Organizing Your Story: Index Card Method

Organizing Your Story: Index Card Method

Sometimes I just have to get off my computer and use visual and tangible tools to get my brain organized. If you're anything like me, you have about 50 different drafts (all saved as "FinalFinalDraft27.ForRealThisTime-4"). Your characters have been running amok, and your spreadsheets of details are about 31% complete because you keep getting caught [...]

“How did you find a publisher?”

“How did you find a publisher?”

5 Crucial Publishing Tips for Beginners The first question I get when friends, family, and fellow writers find out I signed a publishing contract is always, “What’s it about?” (Read the synopsis here)  Once I fumble through my elevator pitch, the follow up almost always comes. “How did you find a publisher?” “How did this [...]