March 14th, 2018

10 Success Tips from J.K. Rowling

Over the last few years, I’ve been able to experience the joy of sharing the Harry Potter books with my daughter. We’re on Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) and going strong, so J.K. Rowling is a bit of a celebrity in our house. 

She’s a celebrity to me as a writer. She accepted that […]

March 12th, 2018

Write the Good Fight

Piper Bayard of Bayard & Holmes

Everyone loves a good fight, and a good fight scene is arguably the heart of every thriller. But as NYT Bestseller James Rollins says, in fiction, never use the same killing method twice in the same book. As a result, fiction writers are always looking for a new […]

March 9th, 2018

Are You Sick and Tired of Editing Your Book?

I’m currently working on yet another edit of my young adult book that managed to eke out an RWA Golden Heart final in 2015. You’d think this baby would be in pretty good shape.

When I entered my novel into that contest, it was hardly a first draft. More like Draft #72.

I think […]

March 7th, 2018

It’s a New Year: Writing Challenges and Rewards in 2018

Before I begin this post, I have to share that my book cover for P.R.I.S.M. took second place in the Young Adult category of the JABBIC Contest, sponsored by our own Julie Glover’s RWA Houston Bay Area chapter!

At the beginning of every year, as the resident science and science fiction geek here at WITS, […]

March 5th, 2018

4 Ways to Create Your Author Persona

Donna Galanti

When it comes to creating your author persona, some refer to this as your “author brand.” Understand that you aren’t branding your book – you’re branding YOU. Simply put, your author brand is about connecting with your readers on a person-to-person level.

Everyone’s persona (or brand) is unique (just like you) and it’s […]