The Writing Life

Once More With Feeling: Revision Series

My amazing YA author-in-awesomeness Heather Demetrios (with whom I’m hosting the Pneuma 2018 Writing Retreat) has put together and AH-MAZING interview series all about revision called: Once More With Feeling! If you fear revision, psyche yourself out, or feel like you have to write a perfect first draft, then this series is for you. Revision…

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Bring on 2018!

Happy New Year friends! I can’t believe it’s almost 2018! Where did the year go? And where have I been? Holy-you-didn’t-blog-for-months-Batman! It’s true. I’ve been distracted. I took a job teaching 9th and 10th grade English at a local high school and BOY-OH-BOY I have mad respect for teachers. This job is HARD! I want…

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You CAN Make Writing Your First Priority!

Every day we tell ourselves no. We tell ourselves that our writing must wait. We tell ourselves that we need more time and more money. We tell ourselves we’ll focus on our writing when we have fewer obligations, and less stress, and things calm down. We brainwash ourselves into believing it isn’t time. And so…

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PART 3: Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Here it is! The third and final installment in my three-part series on the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing. In this final video I cover: The pace of publishing, which is dramatically different in these two publishing models. The overall writing and publishing life. Then I recap everything we’ve discussed. Choosing between traditional publishing…

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PART 2: Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Last week I started our discussion on the pros and cons between traditional publishing and self-publishing. Both of these are viable options in today’s writing market … the question is which one is right for you? Last week’s video covered: Submissions, gatekeepers, rights, royalties, advances, and contracts. Watch last weeks video here: PART 1 –…

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PART 1: Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Should you publish your book traditionally with a major publisher? Or should you go the self-publishing route? In the past, traditional publishing has been the primary option for writers. It’s the classic model that we’re all familiar with, wherein a larger publisher in New York buys our book and turns us into a literary sensation….

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Trust Your Crazy Ideas

Trust your crazy ideas! These are the most original, wild, and creative parts of you bubbling up. They only feel “crazy” because they’re original, because they aren’t the status quo, because they’re different … and different scares us. But different can also be BRILLIANT. Of course, we can’t guarantee our crazy ideas will work ……

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