WIP

Bea and Gwendolyn found us then, and Liam used the distraction to slip his arm out of Rosalind’s hold. “Hey, ladies,” he said, and my heart wilted a little as his eyes lingered on Gwendolyn. She wilted, too, as though trying to make herself smaller under his gaze. Why do cute boys have to be…

The Adventures of Sel & Am

So I’m putting up this little serial story one piece at a time. You can find it here. I’ve always really envisioned it as a manga, but I can’t draw. Seladion and Amaurodios, if you’re somewhat new to my blog, are Ninatat, which are akin to angels. They exist as part of my parageographic project…

WIP Wednesday

Most of you know I’m writing like mad to finish Hamlette. This is for One Line Wednesday: The thing about having the Prince of Wales glowering at you and trying to get you to walk toward him at the same time is that when he’s glowering at you like that the last thing you want…

Death of a Newsletter

I’ve made attempts to build my newsletter, and I still send one out every month, but I think I’ll be ending that soon. Despite many authors insisting that newsletters are the best way to find readers and sell books, I’ve never seen much ROI. I did what many do and offered giveaways and free, exclusive…

The Order of Parts

Writing has a lot of steps. People who don’t write don’t understand that. Sometimes people who do write still don’t understand that. So I thought maybe I’d break it down a bit. 1. Writing 2. Critiquing 3. Beta 4. Editing 5. ARCs 6. Release That’s a simplification. In truth most of these stages loop. You…

2016

If you follow publishing news at all, you’ll have read that the Association of American Publishers announced revenue was down 5.1% in 2016 (from 2015). Adult fiction declined 0.9%. But children’s and YA grew 5.9%, and almost 90% of those sales were in print. My current WIP is a YA novel, and I won’t give…

Becoming a Writer: Step One

Someone asked me the other day, “So what do I need to know about being a writer?” For context, this person is working on his first novel. I’ve read enough of his work to know he has the basics down: grammar, spelling, punctuation. He reads a lot, too. I feel like you have to read…

Progress

So here is the countdown clock for Hamlette to be finished and submitted. If I continue to write 1% per day, I will make the deadline. (See the sidebar on the right to track my writing progress.) Though really I should write more per day and be sure I have time for a thorough overhaul…

IWSG: Pet Peeves

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here. Question of the Month: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing? Well, I used to work in publishing as an editor (and sometimes still do freelance work), so I have…