Say goodbye to sub-plots! #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #Blog #writerscommunity

My editor, agent, and patient critique partners can probably attest to this fact: I love me a weaving, winding plot in my stories. Try as I might to curb the impulse, my default seems to be to include too many sub-plots and require my writing friends to point them out as being superfluous, or worse, … More Say goodbye to sub-plots! #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #Blog #writerscommunity

Readings for Writers #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #amwriting #writercommunity #2020Debuts

Wow, it has been a hot damn minute since I last posted here. Apologies for the long hiatus, but I’ve had good reason – swear! From January on, my year has not slowed down as I’ve mowed through edits on my book The Missing Sister with my editor and tried to get my sea legs as … More Readings for Writers #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #amwriting #writercommunity #2020Debuts

How to Get Readers to Read #authortoolboxbloghop #amwriting #writerscommunity #writeordie #wednesdaywisdom

After a three-month, whirlwind, much-appreciated hiatus, I find myself in yet another round of edits during this month’s blog hop. (For newcomers to this blog, you’d do well to check out the incomparable Raimey Gallant and her home page for the Author Toolbox Blog Hop.) Something that’s been on my mind lately, is what to … More How to Get Readers to Read #authortoolboxbloghop #amwriting #writerscommunity #writeordie #wednesdaywisdom

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