Category Archives: writing

Edit Rounds, Typos, and the Finished Project…

This meme has been floating around, and got my re-thinking about something I think on often… HOW DO TYPOS SURVIVE? For those traditionally published, you KNOW that typos make it into the final version of your book – almost every single time. (I’ll admit to a tiny part of me being giddy when I find […]
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Hone Story-Telling Skills Without Writing

I’m going to start this post with a short personal note. Over the past week I put a house on the market that I designed and built. I had my first surgery outside of wisdom teeth removal and have been stuck in bed. And while bed-ridden, moved from the house I built into a basement […]
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Manuscript Isn’t Selling?

The thing I hear most often at writing conferences is the following : I’ve edited and edited. Worked and worked. And I still can’t get an agent or publisher interested in my Manuscript. So, I paired up with MAKEREADY DESIGNS/QUIRKS & COMMAS to offer the following: A free read of chapter one (no more than 4k) – at […]
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How to be Your own Beta-Reader

I’d like to begin this post by contradicting myself – YOU NEED BETA READERS WHO ARE NOT YOURSELF. But really, there are a few things you can do to be a more effective self-editor in early editing rounds – big picture stuff. You have to be willing to set the MS aside for long enough […]
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A Little Late for an Intro.

Yeah, it’s a little late for an intro,  but I’ve rarely been good at following rules. I grew up with the kind of dad who used a lighter to detect possible gas leaks in gas lines. A dad who said things like, “They let electricians do it! Of course you can wire your house!” Because […]
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DON’T PANIC: The Agent Edition

I know, I know… Telling someone to “Stop panicking” is like telling a person to stop aging, or to stop being hot while walking the strip in Vegas. In August. Here are a few things I see writers panic about when dealing with agents, and here’s why I think you should not panic in these […]
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Crash and BURN

There’s a lot to learn from crashing and burning. A lot. 2016 was the year of stretching my writerly wings. That means I fell down. A lot. And with the snail pace of publishing, I won’t know if I have a “success” for a while, but being able to put something NEW on submission? That […]
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Three Ways to Help Published Friends

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I know I’ve done a post similar to this before, but needs change, the market changes… I change… OK. Seriously. The super simple list: Leave a review. Tell your reader friends what a big deal it is for an author to have reviews on book seller […]
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Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma-Chameleon…

If you get the reference of the title, you’re either OLD or HAVE COOL PARENTS or a ROCKIN’ CHOIR TEACHER. ANYYYYYWAAAAAYYYY. On the original version of BEEN WRITING? I had the awesome and talented author and editor CASSIE MAE on to give some tips on common mistakes, and she KILLED it, so I wanted to […]
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