Month: May 2015

Writing Tips & Career Advice

I Broke A Novel!

Broken book

While my current novel is out on submission to agents and editors, I figured I’d dig my other novel out of the drawer and see about revising it again. This is a novel that I shopped around a few years ago. I received some positive responses and suggestions, but never managed to find a home …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Library Haul and Reading List 5/29/15

Library Haul 5/29/15

Now that Memorial Day is over, I can feel my reading slipping into summer fantasy land. I’m like many people in that I prefer to put aside the heavy reading in the summer and just enjoy some lighthearted stories. My library encourages this with a summer reading program for adults, complete with prizes and parties. …

Publishing Tips & Topics

My Current Novel Is Doomed


I was talking with one of my beta readers the other day and I mentioned that I’d started sending out my queries to agents. “You’re doomed,” was his reply. Well, gee, that’s constructive, I thought. Way to believe in my project. So I asked. “Why am I doomed. You liked the book, didn’t you?” “Yeah, …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Library Haul and Reading List 5/22/15

Library Stack 5/22/15

We got the sad news today that our library will be closing for renovations beginning later in the summer. They’ll be closed for six months! The renovations are much needed and it will be great once done, but I don’t know what I’m going to do for books. The next closest branch is 30 minutes …

Productivity & Time Management, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Getting The Most From a Writer’s Retreat


A writer’s retreat can be a rewarding experience. It gives you a chance to get away from your everyday distractions and really get some work done. It can also give you a chance to experience a new location and meet new people. (Note the difference between a retreat and a conference: A conference will have …