I’m not trying to tell you what I know to be true. Far from it. I'm just thinking out loud, trying to figure it out for myself. What better way to figure something out than to think about it, and if I’m going to bother thinking about it, why not write down my thoughts just … Continue reading What Makes a Bestselling Novel? | Pointless Rambling Vol. 486
For those of you participating in PitMad, I want to share some advice about how to use your three pitches. If you don't know what PitMad is, go here. Okay, so you've crafted three pitches and you're ready to go. Should you tweet out all three, spread evenly throughout the day? Yes to the second … Continue reading PitMad Advice | How to Use Your Three Pitches
I'M IN the process of shifting gears and concentrating heavily on finishing both my novella TO BE FRIENDS and the zombie novella WB Welch and I are co-writing, and I'm getting nervous. I've been in the writing community for almost exactly three months now, and on Twitter only a few days more than that. Before … Continue reading Should My Author Name be Party Freckle?
I promise I will start a series of writing tip posts soon but, reflecting on this weekend, I wanted to talk about gratitude. This past Saturday, I was a part of the Take 190 Book and Art Festival in Killeen, Texas. It was such a wonderful experience. I arrived early and sipped on a latte … Continue reading Gratitude
I'M AMAZED at the quality of the manuscripts I've been hired to critique thus far. There's an absurd aspect to it that keeps occurring to me: I'm getting paid to read books I would buy if I picked them up off a shelf. I feel so lucky that this venture is taking off. All my … Continue reading When Am I Going to Wake Up?
No, I'm not talking about the movie, The Craft, I’m talking about your writing, and I promise today isn’t a ramble. There's real advice in here, so saddle up and hang on. One thing you can do to improve your writing is lots of reading. Read inside of your genre, read outside of your genre … Continue reading Improve Your Craft
This, of course, is the million dollar question. How do I write? How do I write well? How do I write like a real writer? I am going to do my best to explain how to become a real writer over these next few paragraphs, though I am afraid it won't be exactly as you … Continue reading How Do I Write Like a Writer?
WELL THIS is odd, isn't it? I'm supposed to tell you why you should hire me, not why you shouldn't. If you've been around long, though, you know I don't always do things the traditional way. This is the last time I'll be promoting this venture for a while because I'm shifting focus to reading … Continue reading Reasons Not to Hire Me to Read Your Book
I WANT to take a moment to highlight the beta reading group I created in case you haven't heard of it. It's called Writing Community Readers and can be found on Twitter at @ReadersWriting. If you're planning on beta reading a manuscript, you and the author should take advantage of what this group offers--all you'll … Continue reading Writing Community Readers
I WANT to read your query and/or your opening chapters. There are many of you out there who can't afford an editor or a query consultant but would love the opportunity, so I'm volunteering to take on as much of a workload as I can manage. At the same time, I would love to make … Continue reading I Want to Read Your Query