I’m giving a workshop at Romance Writers of America’s conference this year called Submission 101 with my critique partner, Catherine Mann. She’s awesome. In this workshop, we’ll be critiquing some proposal pieces (cover/query letter, short synopsis, first few pages of mss.) to help writers refine their work before submitting to agents or editors. I’m really […]
Over the years I have read a lot of books. I mean, a lot of books. Now that I sit back and take a look at them, there are a lot of similarities between all of them. Some seem just like others with the exception of the characters names and location and there is nothing […]
Let’s assume you are a new (or inexperienced) fiction writer. You probably know that creating a story requires a great deal of work and thinking.
You know how you suddenly feel a fog has lifted from your mind and you remember a longing that had stayed with you?
The writer’s goal is to evoke emotion. To ensure the audience smiles laughs, cries, becomes angry or hurts for the characters that they’ve created
When writers find themselves in the unpleasant grip of writer’s block, the best thing is to keep on writing without aiming for perfection.
Congratulations, you’ve published your book! You will soon realize the buck stops with you when it comes to promoting it unless you have plenty of bucks to pour out to publicists and/or your publisher. To make a difference, money must be spent. We are living in wicked hard times that require wicked smart solutions. Whatever […]
A professional scammer appeals more to the gambler type, who would gladly do the work for you. As long as you pay.
What? Nouns of direct address? Was that the name of an ‘80s rock group? Perhaps—but it more widely refers to an oft-ignored rule for the use of the comma. Care should be taken with all punctuation, but perhaps commas can be the most subtle and slippery of all. Care? Judiciousness with their uses? Oscar Wilde […]
I conceive my tales of corporate crime featuring women in dynamic careers