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It has been three months since my last submission. And, believe me, the hypocrisy of this—the fact that I haven't submitted my work in months and yet continue to give submission advice through this platform—is not lost on me. Every week I've scrambled, hours before my deadline, to think of something—anything—to share with you all about the process. Something I've learned, something I'm thinking about, something I'd like to be doing better.
What are my reasons? Plenty. Because I haven't finished a new story in months. Because my old stories feel old and woven tightly with the doubt that comes from continuously being rejected. Because this is hard. Because I often question the legitimacy of my changes in this world without…Continue
Like many women of her generation, my mother was deeply concerned with appearances. We weren’t well off, but she managed always to dress herself and her children nicely. We never went out without being perfectly groomed. We were taught excellent manners, and any time guests stepped foot in our house, they found it spotless.
I didn’t embrace my mother’s preoccupation with appearance (imagine her shock when I became a free-spirited 60’s college student in ragged jeans!)—except in one area of my life: My fiction.
I have always been a perfectionist with respect to my fiction writing. I am shy about my drafts. I hone and polish again and again before I let a single person read a chapter. No one—not an editor, a beta-reader, or my closest friend—lays eyes on a story until it has been…Continue
“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.”
So if genre is a category of literary composition, what’s a category? And why does genre matter? A post on agentquery.com articulates a great response to “why genre matters” with the simple statement that genres are “a staple of the publishing world.” This characterizes what genre is better than the actual definition above because it speaks to something universal in the…Continue
Did you know you probably have an Author Page on Amazon? Amazon automatically creates Author Pages for most authors, but if you haven't claimed yours, you aren't taking full advantage of this option. Setting it up on Amazon's Author Central site is easy, free, and a great way to connect with readers. In addition to information about your book(s), your page can include your photo and bio (where you can include your e-mail address, a link to your Facebook page or website or anything else you want to share with readers), your tweets and blog posts, even video! There's also a "Follow" button under your profile image that allows anyone to connect with you and receive notifications if you write additional books. (In my opinion, that feature alone is worth creating a page.)…Continue
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Fantasy has become one of the most popular genre, simply because you are taken into a completely new world… a world of magic and mystery… where almost anything can happen. In this new series by Serena Clarke, we have an enchanting kingdom and mystical creatures that reside in the…
Do you believe you have all you need-right inside you- to meet life’s challenges? Do you have faith in your ability to see a task through to completion? Or are you constantly looking for things outside yourself t help you through because you have no faith in yourself?
So many times people don’t even attempt to…
When I was first starting out as a standup, Eddie Murphy was breaking and was on his way to super-stardom. I read an interview where he was asked the question all standups get asked multiple times in their careers, "Do you write your own material?"
And Eddie replied, "God writes my material." I was envious that he and God were tight. And that God wrote jokes for him, but I had no idea what he really meant by it. It took me many years to figure it out.
Sometimes I'll be writing…
"Mama, don't let your sons grow up to be cowboys" the song goes, or in our case, sailors and rock climbers—but then again, why not?
We all have high hopes for our children and what they could/should/might do with their lives. Study well, do your best, achieve success, and thus we, parents, will be fulfilled with the satisfaction that we have done our best. But when we plugged our family back into a life on land after 10 years of living and sailing on Cowabunga across…
Oh boo, I have to work during the day because:
a. People who are not rich have day jobs.
b. I am getting older/closer to retirement.
c. I need money for food.
d. Vacations are finite.
e. Work is a waste of time, and wasting time is what life is mostly about, right?
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