The standard advice given to writers is to brand yourself. Find a genre, and stick with it. This strategy has proven successful for many contemporary authors such as Danielle Steel and Mary Higgins Clark, but even Jane Austen had perfected the practice years earlier, and Agatha Christie used it to pen mysteries that ranked her in the sales zone with Shakespeare and the Bible!… Read the post
The other day, I had a writerly existential crisis.
One of the greatest benefits of being an MFA candidate is the opportunity I have to work closely with incredible professionals who help me hone my craft. While there are agents who advise on stories a bit, and editors who help writers make their stories better, possibly even critique partners and beta readers, the chance to have someone who is literally paid to help me make my writing better is not something that is likely to appear again.… Read the post
Over the years I’ve made enough from selling short fiction on the
side to help put my daughter through college, (though novel-writing is still my
main income source). I’ve found that shorter works are enjoying a resurgence,
and busy readers like having the option to read a smaller morsel before
bedtime, or while waiting for an appointment.… Read the post