For a Worthy Cause

In June, I donated a stack of books to a silent auction in support of Fetch A Cure. Along with the books, I agreed to visit the book club/group that won the books at their convenience for a Q&A. I had the pleasure of meeting the group this week. What a nice night with a …

New & Improved Author Blog (to come): The Long and Short of It

I've taken a few months off of social media (sort of) to work on my second novel, Stay of Execution. I say "sort of" because I'm still a scroller and see many of the blogs I follow, glance at the twitter feed, and peruse pictures of loved ones on Instagram and FB. However, I have …

Do You Take Advantage of Your Writing Community??

I am fortunate to live in a mid-size city where a group of writers decided to create a hands-on, active writing community. Those adventurous souls founded the James River Writers several years ago. This group hosts an annual writers' conference with authors, agents, editors, and publishers. (I have seen some fantastic speakers there). They also …

Oh, Where Did the Time Go? It’s A Giveaway nearly Goneaway!

At the end of November, I entered A Guilty Mind in a book giveaway on Goodreads. How an author structures their giveaway is up to them. You determine the number of books, how long the giveaway will last, and you can even advertise ┬áthat the books will be autographed. (I still haven't gotten used to …

A Self-Published Needle in a Haystack?

Pushing the publish button and sending a book out into the great world of Amazon (or any other book site) is a wonderful thing, but it's also a little like sending a minnow out into a sea filled with whales and sharks. Sure, there are hundreds of thousands of other minnows out there, but only …

A Good Editor is Hard to Find

Writing is great fun. Editing is not. While I don't mind re-writing some pages, the multiple revisions often necessary to get it right can sometimes take longer than the process of writing the original draft. As I mentioned in an earlier post (Your Manuscript and the Home Edit), those long and slow revisions are necessary. …