January 18th, 2017

Rules for a Successful Writing Life from Maya Angelou

Photo credit: Emily’s Quotes – http://bit.ly/2e6jcwF

Today I’m thinking about the people who inspired me on this writing journey.

There are the usual suspects… My mother, who encouraged my constant scribbling. The 6th grade teacher who put my essay up on the wall with a shiny gold star. Countless friends and teachers, in my home […]

January 16th, 2017

7 Things Authors Must Do Differently in 2017

Penny C. Sansevieri

If you’ve ever thought that the publishing industry is tough to figure out, you’re not alone. In fact, I once had an author tell me that getting into publishing is sort of like building a house without any plans. There’s a lot of information out there, but it can be overwhelming or […]

January 13th, 2017

Negotiating Options in Publishing Deals

Susan Spann

“Option clauses” or “options,” are a provision in a publishing deal that gives the publishing house a “right of first refusal” on the author’s next work. While this initially sounds like a great idea – most authors want to continue being published – traditional option clauses often contain some traps that authors should […]

January 11th, 2017

Knowing Your Limits as a Writer

Someone I know is going through a personal tragedy that has rocked my insides to the point I can’t think about it without bursting into tears. The idea of dealing with something like this paralyzes me.

I was talking to a writer friend about it and her response was typically writerish – “Oh my god, […]

January 9th, 2017

Crafting a Powerful Set-Up

Becca Puglisi

As authors, we all know the importance of engaging our audience within a book’s first few pages. It’s called grabbing the reader: captivating them in a way that makes them want to stick with the story to its end.

Michael Hauge prefers the term seducing:

“Everybody likes to be seduced; it’s a […]