WHAT A dreadful arrangement of words. What horrors spawn in the heart by the sound of them, conceived in light of this ambiguous and ominous news: "So . . . I read your book." It's like news of a coming snowstorm. Exciting but uncertain. You hoped you were on your way to a book deal … Continue reading So I Read Your Book
THIS IS the start of a new series I'm doing here on my bloggy blog in which I'll be offering tips on how to build your following and increase engagement. I've learned a lot about Twitter since I joined last month, and I want to share what I know with newcomers to the writing community … Continue reading How to Twitter Effectively: Vol. 1
Dear Ms. Literary Agent, Janie Character has lived her entire life imprisoned in the pages of a novel. The only thing that can set her free is the imagination of an avid reader, but there's just one problem: Janie isn't real. She needs a reader's mind to exist at all, and, confined to the page, … Continue reading Mock Query Letter
THREE DAYS ago, on my birthday, New York Times bestselling and Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi agreed to follow me on Twitter, under one condition: I had to agree to bake a pie. It's called a Schadenfreude Pie, invented by John himself and to be eaten, according to him, "while you are reveling in the horrible misfortunes … Continue reading Pie for a Follow, John Scalzi?
I'M STILL reeling over the fact that I crossed 3000 Twitter followers yesterday, which marked four weeks since I discovered and joined the writing community. As of writing this post, I'm about to hit 3200. People are saying really nice things to me so often that if I'm feeling down all I have to do … Continue reading A Real Reader
I HAVE a lot of work to do this morning, but a couple things are on my mind and I need to peel them off before they suck out my brains. Please don't be offended by any of this as it is not my intention. I just need to clear up a few things. 1) … Continue reading I Need to Clear Up a Few Things
HAVE YOU heard? It's my birthday! I always get really excited on my birthday like there's a cake and a pony coming my way. Unfortunately there's no cake and there's no pony. In fact I'm going to be by myself all day, but that's okay. I still have some Amazon gift card dollars and I'm … Continue reading It’s My Birthday!