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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQA5tT3NwvI The new podcast episode is up! Listen above, or if you prefer to read your writing advice, scroll away! First of all – if you haven’t already realized this I’m going to say it again – we all generally hate ourselves when we sit down to write. I’m currently holed up in a hotel … Continue reading Top 5 Mistakes For First Time Queries & Making Yourself Write
A MONSTER’S SEARCH FOR HUMANITY A WOMAN’S FIGHT FOR A WORLD WORTH LIVING IN A HOPE THAT REFUSES TO DIE The New York Times bestselling Warm Bodies Series has captivated readers in twenty-five languages, inspiring a major film and transcending the zombie genre to become something “poetic” (Library Journal) “highly original” (Seattle Times) and “ultimately … Continue reading Warm Bodies Author Isaac Marion On the Perception of Success
One of the things I always tell aspiring writers is to remember not to make their villains unsympathetic. As tough as it is to swallow, everyone has a reason for being the way they are. Even the most reprehensible character (and people in real life) have traveled a path to become who they are. Note … Continue reading You Are the Villain
There's a new thing in my life, and it's carpal tunnel. I don't have any pain, which is good, but I do have numb fingers. For a writer, this is bad. I've been wearing a brace and doing exercises and taking anti-inflammatories, and Googling (WebMd told me I had a brain tumor). Everything I can … Continue reading My Carpal Tunnel & What It Means For You
I'm all over Ohio for Teen Read Week, and will be popping by Indiana as well. Check out my events below! October 8th 9:00 AM: Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County – Poland Branch October 8th 6:30 PM: Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County – Canfield Branch October 9th 9:00 AM: Public Library of Youngstown & … Continue reading Celebrate Teen Read Week By Meeting Me!
Last week marked the five year anniversary of my debut, Not A Drop to Drink being published. Since my post-apocalyptic debut I've written historical, mystery, contemporary, thriller, and fantasy. With seven books published, and an eighth coming in March, I've researched some odd things. One of the difficulties facing me when I started writing Not … Continue reading An Anniversary, The Pros & Cons of Drinking Your Own Pee, Plus How Serious Are You About That Research?
Today's podcast episode features a roundup of guests and topics for the month as well as my thoughts on how to get past the neurotic need to make the first draft perfect. The transcript is below, for those who prefer to read their writing advice. Also, don't miss the October 1st exclusive agent and editor … Continue reading How To Bang Out That First Draft
I know, you're probably looking at the title and thinking that there's no way Mindy is the author of this blog post. Mindy, who is so clearly acerbic and a downright instigator when it comes to the demise of the HEA. But, I think this makes me the perfect person to write in defense of … Continue reading In Defense of InstaLove
I remember being in the query trenches while in the agent hunt - for 10 years - and thinking that if I could just get an agent, I would feel validated. Once I'd landed an agent, it looked like the book I hooked her with - Not A Drop to Drink - might not sell. … Continue reading The Ever Rising Bar of Success in Publishing