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…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…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…Continue
A week ago, a high school senior e-mailed me about my life as a writer. Her teacher is a friend of mine from grad school, and he suggested she get in touch with me for her senior project on writing fiction.
I didn’t respond for eight days. I watched the e-mail get pushed down…Continue
I have a blog due today and I have not written it. I started a great one two weeks ago, well in advance of today’s deadline (she wrote while simultaneously patting herself on the back) but I went away for the weekend and when I returned to the piece, Writing wouldn’t talk to me. Apparently we were on a break,…Continue
As a representative of the hybrid publishing arena, I attend a lot of conferences and sit on a lot of panels. In the Q&A portion of these events, the question of distribution always comes up. I wrote a post called "Distribution…Continue
The other day my mom, from whom I inherited my attention to grammar, sent me an email with a subject line that said "THIS CAN'T POSSIBLY BE RIGHT, RIGHT?"
I clicked to open the attachment, which was a photograph of a newspaper article about a sports team. The article said that "the team had sort of went down the drain over the season." Wow. I can't believe grammar that bad made it to publication in a major newspaper, but that's another story. …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…Continue
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What possessed me to create a cross-country, Whistle Stop Book Tour with Flash Readings?Continue
Last week we talked about the "I Don't Knows"—how the weight of everything you think you need to know before you write your book can keep you from starting. In reality, you can write your way to answers, replacing "I don't know" with "Let's figure it out." Once you've trained yourself to spot the I Don't Know mindset, overcoming it is…Continue
“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” —A. A. Milne
I don't care if you are self-published, indie-published, or NYC-published. Speaking as an editor, author, and publisher, it doesn't matter how many times you go through something you've written, you will either find a mistake or some minor thing you wish you could correct.
Perhaps the hardest thing when…
A year after my first book came out, a then-friend said to me, over dinner at an Italian restaurant on a cold winter night: "Your book was a failure." My friend didn't say it harshly--though perhaps it's no surprise that we are not friends anymore. He said it matter-of-factly, as in, the things you hoped for when…Continue
I used to be a Birthcenter nurse and work with the nurse-midwives in a major San Diego hospital. Now I write books and design houses. I miss delivering babies with the midwives more than I can say. It’s the most mystical, amazing, rewarding work I’ve ever done. Part of my heart still feels broken, but I’ve found an excellent…Continue
I recently began watching "The Wire" (yes, I realize I'm 12 years late), and I love it! So far it has lived up to the hype. It also gave me a good idea for this blog post. In one of the early episodes, one of the main characters (a police officer) spends a lot of time preparing a report about possible criminal activity at a housing project in Baltimore, and then presents it to a judge in hopes of gaining authorization for a wiretap. In this particular scene, we see the police officer sitting…Continue
Or you can take four do-able steps that will help you create time by reducing distractions, eliminating time-wasters, and getting you into writing mode…Continue
I grew up as the peace-keeper middle child, wanting everyone to get along. I don’t like to ruffle feathers or stir the pot. And if conflict does happen, I’m the one who plays mediator, ensuring everyone’s viewpoint is heard.
This all comes from my desire to be liked. I really want people to like me. And yet…Continue
(Originally posted on bloom-site.com, an excellent literary site featuring authors who first published over the age of 40. As they say, "Late" according to whom? )
In my grandparents’ dining room in a suburb of Boston, there was a shelf devoted…Continue
Perhaps this sounds familiar: You have an idea for a book, and writing it feels like your next step as a writer. But you think about it more than you write. You can’t get past the first few pages, or you’re sidetracked by questions (memoir or fiction? real names or aliases?). Maybe you can see how it ends, but…Continue