Rejection: Not a Dirty Word

I keep coming across rejection lately. I don't mean from a personal point of view, but rather, the idea of rejection seems to be #trending (ha ha!). Actually, I've been seeing it pop up in articles and tweets, and most recently, at a local Writing Show (put on by the James River Writers) where an …

Add Father of Self-Publishing to the List

I recently read a great article titled "14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life" on Business Insider. It was written by freelance writer, Thea Easterly, for a BI blog called DumbLittleMan.com. Most know that Benjamin Franklin was not only an inventor but also an avid reader and writer. Certainly he …

Publishing Outside the Box

Although I haven't posted recently (a freelance deadline I just hit today!), I have been thinking long and hard about my decision to self-publish. About a month ago, I mentioned to a friend I was frustrated by the query process. She murmured her sympathy and in an effort to test the waters, I confessed I …

Your Manuscript and The Home Edit

Every writer needs an editor. That is a fact and not open to discussion. But what sometimes gets lost in the desire to get published is the need for pre-editing or what I refer to as "The Home Edit". When you complete a manuscript and you've typed in the very last word, you should absolutely …

If the Genre Fits…

"What type of book do you write?" It sounds like an easy question, right? "Romance." "Thriller." "Science Fiction." All genres that bring to mind specific types of books. However, many genres crossover and most have sub-genres so whether you are tagging your book for an agent query or a self-published e-book, it's not as easy …

Waiting, waiting, and…still waiting

Sometimes it seems a writer's job can be defined by the amount of waiting they seem to do. I'm not even sure it matters what kind of writing it is. A freelancer is always waiting for a response to their pitch, or to hear back from a source, or on the final edits. Fiction writers …