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You've written your book. You made it through the first few chapters and all the way to the end. You read and revised it, and now you're ready for someone to read it. This is a big moment—your book is no longer an idea in your head; it's a story that someone can read and experience. Talk about a moment that's thrilling and vulnerable!
An early reader has the power to help you transform your book into something better, or drive you to hide it in a drawer (as you'll read below, I've seen it happen). And unfortunately, the third mindset that keeps writers stuck and struggling comes into play just as you're choosing your readers. It’s based on the belief that you're protecting your work by sharing it with friends, family members, or someone who knows you.
It seems logical. These…Continue
It happened! That day that loomed up ahead for almost a full year, that long-awaited, exhilarating day took place. In the days leading up to it, people asked me if I was nervous, and I looked at them funny, wondering why they were asking such a thing. Little by little, their questions created nervousness where none had been, so that by the night before the event I had trouble sleeping, and I woke up with that quivery feeling in my stomach. Perhaps I hadn’t rehearsed enough? Maybe I should change the passage I was going to read, maybe it was too slow, or too long. But then I remembered how much I’d put into planning the event, and by mid-afternoon I relaxed. I knew attendance would be good: over 70 people had registered in advance through the Eventbrite notice I’d…Continue
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I've been thinking about fear lately. When I attended the BlogHer '13 conference in Chicago, Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook and author of Lean In) urged us to "Write down what you are afraid of, then go do it." I thought about what I wanted to do but was too afraid to do. At the moment it was to blog about race. My fear was that, as a white person, I would be criticized by people of color for not knowing anything about race. I still haven't done it, but I plan to one day (I'll have to now that I've posted it publicly!)
When it comes to networking, a lot of people fail to act because they are afraid. They are afraid to introduce themselves to people they don't know at literary events and conferences. They fear they don't know enough about social media to get started. They worry they will come off as too self-promotional if they post links…Continue
I was twelve years old when I first read The Magnificent Barb, written by Dana Faralla. As so often happens with great characters and young readers, the Barb and the Fitzgeralds instantly became my friends. My desire to be part of their world was closely connected to my girlhood longing for my own horse and a host of other emotions we are hard pressed to define when we are young. As the years went by, I continued to read it over and over, each time recapturing the magic in my all too vivid imagination.
The Magnificent Barb is the story of a young boy and his family who live on a horse farm in Georgia. The farm, Mare’s Nest, saw its horse racing glory days long ago. Despite the fact that the farm has fallen on hard times, Kevin and his family are happy and don’t seem to…Continue
is a challenge, with a little
subject every day. for fun.
scour the house, the landscape,
look for shadows, those that may
like you, even though it does not
i dreamed i cried, i dreamed i
missed him still.
Here it is, Deceived is reborn. Cover Release today, pre-order as of 2nd Nov. Thank you to Limitless.decieved-1.jpg
An encourager says things like “good job!” when a task is done right. And when it isn’t, they say something like, “you made a great start, so now, next time if you just do…
In honor of Halloween I’m addressing the ghostly presence that haunts all writers: the blank screen/page. I haven’t thought about this specter for a while because I’ve spent the past few months submerged in a novel revision. However, last week I hit the SEND button, delivered the book to my agent, and unwittingly invited the spirit back to my…
I was two weeks shy of my 27th birthday when I moved back to my parents’ Toronto home after living away for nearly a decade.
Returning home was as hard a choice as it was an easy one. Hard because the idea of coming full circle felt like a failure to me; easy because I needed somewhere familiar to crash (and a warm bed and good food didn’t hurt, either).
What exacerbated matters, though, was my lack of a driver’s license. While I traveled via subway and cabs in New York City…
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