Wow, 2022 has come in smacking everyone six ways from Sunday, hasn't it. Snow, extremely cold temperatures for the East Coast, and I think everyday has see a celebrity that was an integral part of my childhood dead. Also, I'm "slimming" so I'm steadily working my way through a tub of salad greens and have … Continue reading My Word for 2022
There are many words I could use to describe 2021. Fraught. Joyous. Ulcer-inducing. Satisfying. Awful. Perfect. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. However, I'm writing today about my Word of the Year. It's a word with meanings and qualities I'd like to focus on or have as goals fro … Continue reading Word for 2021
Everyone has a writer or an aspiring writer in their life. I was that person for my family for the last few years. Thoughtful writer gifts can help to lift the cloud of imposter syndrome that hangs over the heads of every writer who is struggling to get published. (For a little while anyway.) As … Continue reading Gifts for the Writers in Your Life
You. Guys. I was on a podcast. Not just any podcast, but a podcast I've been listening to since I first decided I wanted to take this whole "writing thing" seriously. The #AmWriting Podcast with KJ Dell'Antonia, Jessica Lahey, and Sarina Bowen. The hosts are successful writers in their own right in different genres of … Continue reading I was on the #AmWriting Podcast
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!
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
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!
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!
2019 was a pretty fantastic year, personally. For a lot of people 2019 was fraught with hardship and drama. My life was far from drama-free, but, overall, the good outweighed the bad. My brother and his came to visit for the first time, and it was brilliant! I flew to Denver to visit my BFF. … Continue reading Thanks a lot, 2019.