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
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 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!
Recently, foodie influencer Alison Roman gave an interview to The New Consumer that can only be described as a “shit show.” While talking about her own Zen-like journey into fame, she performed an epic racially tone-deaf (I’m being kind) take down of Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo, calling them sellouts while she remains pure as … Continue reading The Myth of Success
COVID-19 is here. We are in the thick of it in Maryland. Our governor has just announced we will be at home and schools will be closed until May 15th. I highly doubt that, come May 16th, we will be free to join crowds, hug strangers, and go back to our favorite restaurants. I think … Continue reading In the Midst of COVID
Welcome to the New Year, my friends. We're only a couple of weeks in and I can already tell it is going to be a wild one. At the start of every year it is commonplace to start assessing where we are at and where we want to go. Particularly this year, as we are … Continue reading Hello, 2020!