This Darkness Mine makes its way into the world today in paperback format... with a little surprise at the end - the first chapter of Heroine! Be sure to enter the signed paperback giveaway below! Mindy McGinnis, award-winning author of The Female of the Species and A Madness So Discreet, returns with a new dark and twisted psychological … Continue reading This Darkness Mine Paperback Release!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx0tnQ66EMA Welcome back to the guest format of the podcast! I hope you enjoy my new lineup for 2019. Today's guest is Sean Petrie, a founding member of the poetry group Typewriter Rodeo and co-author of Typewriter Rodeo: Real People, Real Stories, Custom Poems (Andrews McMeel Universal 2018). He has six short children's books coming out in … Continue reading Poetry, Typewriters & How A Slower Process Can Boost Your Creativity with Sean Petrie
Meet my Hatchet of Death. This is how I edit myself, it is how I edit others. If you think you want to play with me and my hatchet, shoot me an email. The first line of a query is your hook, and it really needs to work. You want it to punch your reader in the … Continue reading The Saturday Slash
Welcome to the SNOB (Second Novel Ominipresent Blues). Whether you’re under contract or trying to snag another deal, you’re a professional now, with the pressures of a published novelist compounded with the still-present nagging self-doubt of the noobie. How to deal? My guest for today's SNOB is Rachel Lynn Solomon, who writes, tap dances, and … Continue reading Rachel Lynn Solomon On Loving Your Work
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vB-2s1-uLo Regular readers know that it took me ten years to find an agent, and another six months after signing with her to land a book deal. During that time, every New Year's Eve I'd stare down into my drink and resolve that this year I was going to get published. That is not a good resolution. … Continue reading 10 Writer’s Resolutions for 2019 & 10 Things NOT To Do
Happy Holidays and welcome to a guest post from a longtime follower, Sarah Rowlands! Sarah has a master’s degree in English education with a concentration in writing and musical theatre. Sarah is a literary intern for a prominent NYC literary agency reading YA, MG, and adult manuscripts, and she also edits YA manuscripts for fellow … Continue reading One Author’s Journey From Aspiring Author to Agented Author
The Female of the Species is $1.99! Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a riveting contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives. A stunning, unforgettable page-turner. Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the … Continue reading $1.99 E-Book Deal!
Welcome to a brand new series of interviews here on the blog - it's the STUFF (Shit U Find Fulfilling). Writers have rituals, and some of us find a particular candle, pair of socks, or background noise is the key to kicking off the creative process. I asked fellow writers what it is they find … Continue reading Gifts For Writers! A New Series All About Stuff You Need For Your Writing Ritual
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wF1S-QhJus Lots of questions coming at me in the past few weeks, most of them from Facebook. I’ll start with Jessica who asked for tips for motivation to keep writing if you’re feeling very stuck. Good question. Here’s the thing – writing is hard. It sounds like you already knew that, but I think it … Continue reading When To Walk Away From Your Manuscript & When To Hire A Professional Editor
Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come to us like a lightning bolt, through the lyrics of a song, or in the fog of a dream. Ask any writer where their stories come from and you’ll get a myriad of answers, and in that vein I created the WHAT (What the Hell Are you … Continue reading Author Leanne Baugh On Letting Characters Lead The Way