One year ago this week, I began writing Her Dying Day. I'd flown to Bangor, Maine to participate in a writer's retreat. I'd never done anything like that before. I was nervous. As a mystery writer and true crime aficionado, part of my brain was telling me that trekking out into the woods where I … Continue reading Copy Edit Season
I received the back-to-school supply list email this week. My youngest child was quietly resigned at this first sign of the end of summer. My oldest child told me to delete the email. I was sorely tempted. It's been since March 2020 since my kids have been inside a school building. They're returning to school … Continue reading Back to School After a Pandemic
This week, at the end of a marathon writing sprint lasting 3 days and producing over 9000 words (but the rough draft of Book 3 is DONE!), I was given some new, fun stuff to do by my publisher. I'm not talking about simple line edits. The first fun thing was an author questionnaire. It … Continue reading Writing the Book is Only Half the Job
I started querying this book almost exactly 1 year ago in June 2020. I got my agent in February 2021 and now on June 15, 2021 I have a deal with an honest-to-God publisher. Crooked Lane is a smaller publisher, but it specializes in mysteries, which is exactly the kind of publisher I want. And, … Continue reading I Have a Book Deal!
I won't be able to talk much about my book situation right now. No matter where I actually am in the process of getting a deal, my book is still "Under Submission" to editors until a contract is signed and Publisher's Weekly has made the announcement of the deal. Submissions themselves can take anywhere from … Continue reading The First Rule of Book Submission is You Don’t Talk about Book Submission
That's a weird term, "Under Submission." Under = In an existent state of. Submission = Consideration or Judgement. There's a nebulous quality to that phrase that can't quit convey how emotionally fraught it is to be "Under Submission." To be "Under Submission" means your agent wrote a pitch (essentially a much better written query) and … Continue reading Under Submission
Ladies, Gentlemen, and Children of All Ages, I had The Call with a real, live agent If you’ve ever wanted to publish or have a loved one who is an author with aspirations you know how important The Call is. The Call, spoken with a hushed reverence, is the moment an agent offers to represent … Continue reading Agented!
I intended to write this post two weeks ago, but January has been A LOT. Wasn't January 2021 supposed to be better? Weren't we supposed to get a fresh start? Spoilers: We didn't. I'm can't even get as far into the attack in the Capitol as I'd like. It was scary. It was horrible. It … Continue reading What the Hell January?
Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. Or as I said to my husband on a walk today, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." (Thanks, Mr. Dickens) Although I don't think Charlie had a year like this in mind when he penned those words. … Continue reading Bye, 2020!
I'm in the middle of drafting my second book. I've been working on it since June, when I finished the edits on my first book and started sending it to agents in the hopes that one of them would love it as much as I do and want to help me sell it for big … Continue reading The Coffee Shop I Used to Know