It's been a while since I've done one of these, so just in case no one has told you recently: Everyone has a different story to tell, a different adventure to take readers on. And everyone's story—no matter who they are—is worth telling. Your stories are worth it. You're a great writer. Keep going. Keep … Continue reading Just another friendly reminder
A writer’s journey (part eleven) – one more (editing) time with feeling
When I last updated, it was a little over a year ago, and I had gotten some editor's feedback. So, here's a quick update on all the editing that has happened. First and foremost, I had to split my book into two. Probably the saddest thing about it. I had never wanted to sell a … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part eleven) – one more (editing) time with feeling
How to write great pitches for pitch contests
Writers use Twitter contests to pitch to agents, publishing houses, and editors. While some of the bigger ones like PitMad is gone, smaller ones still happen all the time. Now, pitch contests are like getting a lottery ticket. Getting attention—when surrounded by hundreds of other pitches—is difficult to say the least. But there are proven … Continue reading How to write great pitches for pitch contests
Author Interview — P.D. Alleva
Last week, I posted my book review of The Rose by P.D. Alleva, and now I have an exclusive interview with him. I hope you enjoy. Where do your story ideas come from? Dreams? Real life? What-if questions? Story ideas come from a mixed bag of dreams, real life, and what ifs. Typically the idea … Continue reading Author Interview — P.D. Alleva
How the publishing industry has changed
The publishing industry has changed a lot—especially on the traditional side—throughout this pandemic. So, I'm going to break down some of the most impactful changes up to date. Please note that this post is about traditional publishing. So, when talking about editors, it’s in-house editors instead of freelance editors. Longer wait times to hear back … Continue reading How the publishing industry has changed
DV CON #2 — How did it hold up?
DV Con came back for its second annual conference. I did a post on the first one, so I wanted to follow up with how the second one went. In case you don't know, DV Con is open for diverse voices, including POC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent, etc. All the panels had diverse speakers and advice … Continue reading DV CON #2 — How did it hold up?
2022 writing goals
Happy New Year! I surprisingly completed all three of my goals for 2021. I got a job in publishing as a freelance editor, which has been going well. I've even got fifteen five star reviews! I also polished up my novel, and, on top of that, an editor looked over it. I got two more … Continue reading 2022 writing goals
ARCs — What are they? And why do writers need them?
ARCs—advanced reader copies—are important in the publishing process for every writer. The one major thing to do before publishing a book is build hype. You want your readers to jump up and down with excitement for your upcoming book. Quite similar to how many people get excited every time Marvel releases a new trailer. And … Continue reading ARCs — What are they? And why do writers need them?
ARC Review — The Bone Way
Title: The Bone WayAuthor: Holly J. UnderhillGenre: Fantasy retellingPages: 162 pagesPublication date: June 26, 2021 I got an arc from NetGalley and Nyx Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both for that! And honestly? I enjoyed reading this story. The Bone Way has a great premise and starts off in the heat … Continue reading ARC Review — The Bone Way
2021 goal updates
I found that I'm better at achieving my goals if I write them down and then check back on them later. So, in December, I wrote down some goals that I'm going to go through now. Get a job in publishing Kind of. I have been applying to publishing jobs since January, but I haven't … Continue reading 2021 goal updates