Do the (Scary) Thing.

So hey, I wrote a book. And it’s going to be published.

In the words of Clark Griswold (holiday spirit, y’all): Hallelujah! Holy Shit!

When I first started writing SOSG, it never seriously occurred to me that it could maybe, perhaps, one day be in a bookstore. It was a wild fantasy, something I would daydream about when […]

When is Enough Enough?

Lately, I’ve seen a handful of people asking the same question: How do you know when your story isn’t meant to published? When is it time to give up on querying that one particular manuscript, put it away, and move on to something else?

I’ve seen different answers. Some people say it’s after a particular number […]

About a (Furry) Boy

Earlier this week, we lost our sweet Yorkie baby after a very brief and unexpected illness. Quentin was like a child to us. So, I thought it might be nice to share a few thoughts in honor of him. If you’re not a dog person or you’re not in the mood to cry buckets today, you may […]

An Ode to Pitch Madness (and Other Contests)

In honor of Pitch Madness (happening now and hosted by the amazing and super-talented Brenda Drake!), I want to talk a little bit about pitch contests and why I think they are SO worth your time.

I’ve seen a bit of negativity lately in regards to these kinds of contests, usually based on the following points: 1) there are […]

An Agent, An Agent, An Agent!

A lot of exciting, amazing, all-around-awesome things happened in 2015. In April, I entered Brenda Drake’s Pitch Madness contest…and I ended up with a book agent!!! (Yes, multiple exclamation points are appropriate there.) Pss…if you are a writer and don’t know Brenda Drake, look her up STAT. Not only is she a fabulous author herself, but she’s […]

A New Year, a New Blog

As a grown-up rule, I’m against blogging (for myself, not for others). Probably because I was in my late teens/early twenties during the days of the online diary, when it was considered normal to completely overshare. And I did my share of oversharing. A word of advice to all the angsty teenagers considering putting it all […]