That pub’ life: Publishers Marketplace #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #blog #Wednesday #amwriting

Querying writers, listen up! You’ve probably got a handful of go-to online resources that allow you to obsess, internet-stalk, and hyper-analyze literary agents’ actions that might reveal your odds of getting signed.   Well, have you checked out Publishers Marketplace? This month’s Author Toolbox Blog Hop post (brainchild of my critique partner and marketing extraordinaire Raimey … More That pub’ life: Publishers Marketplace #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #blog #Wednesday #amwriting

Fine-tuning and Formatting #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #blog #WednesdayWisdom #writerscommunity #amwriting

This summer I signed with my incredible literary agent Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency! Besides jumping for joy, the weeks that followed involved some good-old-fashioned edits to my manuscript. In the process I learned about some very basic citation/formatting styles that had escaped my notice until then. See how many you already know … More Fine-tuning and Formatting #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #blog #WednesdayWisdom #writerscommunity #amwriting

A Story’s Skeleton #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #blog #writeordie

Hello, all you creatives! What’s the difference between a day dream put to paper and a well-written story? Structure! I know, I know, you’re creative! You don’t breath the same air as the rest of the world, you don’t abide by the square pegs people try to put you in — but hear me out. … More A Story’s Skeleton #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #blog #writeordie

Getting all the feels for my #ThursdayAesthetic #TheParisTwin #writenow

Taking a cue from a recent #AuthorToolboxBlogHop post (courtesy of the amazing Raimey Gallant) and trying out my first Thursday Aesthetic. The Paris Twin is the story of Shayna Darby, a twenty-five-year-old woman whose twin sister is announced dead in Paris. Shayna goes to Paris to clean out Angela’s apartment, where she finds a note: Alive. Trust no one.  … More Getting all the feels for my #ThursdayAesthetic #TheParisTwin #writenow

On the hunt for errors? #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #amediting #amwriting #blog

When I was in high school, I was the student that always had her hand up – not in an incessant way, but whenever there was a grammar question, I usually knew the answer. I LOVED grammar (writer alert!) because it made so much sense to me – like parentheticals around every phrase or predicate, … More On the hunt for errors? #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #amediting #amwriting #blog

Community #amwriting #ontheporch #writercommunity #yougotthis

After five, almost six, years into writing, I think the single most important thing an aspiring author needs is – you guessed it – community. Through all the Twitter contests, slush pile submissions, QueryTracker questions, and QueryManager uploads, my writer friends have been my rocks. The people on whom I rely for beta reading and general emotional … More Community #amwriting #ontheporch #writercommunity #yougotthis

Story Structure a.k.a. Your Alliterative Espresso #amediting #amwriting

When writing a story I love to open a bottle of wine, pour myself a glass, and let the words flow. It’s important for me to consider my laptop a “safe space”, where I can write anything I want, so long as I’m getting words on the page. Sometimes they make sense – brilliant paragraphs … More Story Structure a.k.a. Your Alliterative Espresso #amediting #amwriting

Flash fiction FTW: The Good News #amwriting #MondayMotivation

Good news! My flash fiction was again honored by Wow! Women on Writing in their Summer ’17 contest, and named among the Top Ten best stories. It was aptly titled The Good News. (<Insert cheesing emoji>) You can read my interview here, and learn more about my thought process. One of the things I highlight is … More Flash fiction FTW: The Good News #amwriting #MondayMotivation