After my mad sprint to complete Secret Gifts, you may have noticed that I haven't been posting very much about my writing. That's because I've decided I need to go back to basics and strengthen my plotting skills. NaNoWriMo was such a good reminder that I can write quickly when I don't resent the characters… Continue reading Continuing Education
Hope everybody has a safe and happy Halloween! I did something very scary today. I sent my Secret Need beta draft off to the beta readers. I always get super nervous when I share my writing project for the first time. It's easy to obsess endlessly over every single word, turn of phrase, and scene. However,… Continue reading Happy Halloween!
I've spent these last few months pushing hard to finish Secret Need, the second of the Harper Sisters Trilogy. I'll admit, writing this second book has been a real struggle. It's taken me twice as long to write and caused me four times as much mental anguish. This is partly because I feel like I've… Continue reading Revision Trenches
It's been just shy of a year since I've written a blog post and a lot has happened in that time. Honestly, it's probably too much to re-cap fully. Instead, I'd like to talk about one of the reasons I stopped posting as much. After publishing my first book back in April 2015, I was on… Continue reading Sophomore Slump
Last Friday, I received the final batch of chapters from my editor and spent all weekend working on them. I feel a little bad for my husband, sometimes. Not only do I work throughout the week, but there have been many weekends this past year where I've sequestered myself in the office, as well. Luckily,… Continue reading Beta Beta Bo-Beta!
(Well, technically, I skipped a post last week, so this would be two weeks worth of "Friday Follow-ups.") Last week, I worked on editing more chapters as well as tried to write my "about me" blurbs. I came across this very helpful article that suggested I should write a couple of different lengths of "about… Continue reading Friday Follow-up
I took another big step this week towards my book becoming a reality and hired a cover artist! I plan on talking a little more about who I went with in a later post. They said it will take at least two weeks before they'll have anything to show me, so I figure I'll wait… Continue reading Pinning Inspiration
Over the weekend I was busy making another pass through the second half of my book. I noticed that my editor was marking the same few mistakes consistently and wanted to clean them up before submitting the last half to her. As I was reading through the chapters, I realized I still wasn't satisfied with a… Continue reading Master of the Universe
In this past year, I've made some unlikely observations and learned a few lessons I wasn't expecting to learn. I'll probably save the random observations for another post, but I'd like to share one of the situations I found myself in recently. As I've stated before, I hired an editor for my book. I was… Continue reading Editing Expectations