Over a year ago I set out to write a series called “Ladies of the Pen” about three women—Suzanne, Noreen and Claudia. As each book featuring a different woman hit the shelves, I was thrilled by the warm reception by readers. Right now I should be talking about Claudia Madison whose book BENEATH THE […]
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Write five new pages a day.
Send out three queries a week.
Draft a proposal by the end of September.
Research six agents by the end of the month.
These are all good SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. But sometimes our SMART goals can be too much of a struggle.
When you get two rejections in the […]
Half way through the year is a good time to reflect on your efforts. I recently spoke to an aspiring author who had been excited about all that she planned to accomplish this year. Namely finishing her book. I asked her how many pages she had written. She sputtered for a moment then quietly said, […]
Are you a newbie author? Then this link is for you.
Read what established authors have to say about keeping a writing career in Advice to Myself as a Newbie Author.
I know, I know you don’t want rejection letters in the first place. But if you do get them what do you do? Save them, burn them, give them to the dog, attach them to your chest then threaten to jump off a cliff?
Okay that is an extreme response, but what should a writer do […]
Southern Fried Chicas has a fun blog about author burnout. It’s a real dilemma faced by many who’ve struggled for years to get published then fizzle out under the realities of being an author.
Here’s a newsflash. Once you’re published it’s no longer just about writing. Suddenly, you’re running a business. Your business is entertainment (fiction) […]
I know many of us have felt this way in the wake of a rejection (okay perhaps not this bitter but close). I hope you get a laugh by watching this clip from the British sitcom Black Books.
I always reach a panic stage when I’m writing a novel. I hit the “What the hell am I doing?” “Can I really pull this off?” stage and this can happen at any point–in the beginning, middle or end of a project. You’d think I would have defeated this by now. But it happens every […]
1) Laundry. I just fill another basket.
2) Emails. Haven’t heard from me? Don’t worry you’re not alone.
3) Reading. I love books and I have a stack waiting for me, but I can’t get to them yet.
4) Dinner. Soup anyone?
5) Organization. No a storm did not strike my desk. Yes I know where everything is. […]
Author Phyllis A. Whitney died on Friday at the age of 104. In her book “Guide to Fiction Writing” she wrote:
Never mind the rejections, the discouragement, the voices of ridicule (there can be those too), work and wait and learn, and that train will come by. If you give up, you’ll never have a […]