(Jittery) Thoughts Before the AWC Writer’s Conference

I love writer's conferences. I've got a manuscript critique and one (possibly two) agent pitches scheduled. I get to meet writers from all over and agents and editors from New York. I get to sip drinks and chat about upcoming projects, both mine and others, at a lovely hotel near the Atlanta airport. I also … Continue reading (Jittery) Thoughts Before the AWC Writer’s Conference

Books You Should Read: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Got a weakness for action-packed sci-fi? Meet Solara Brooks, a convicted felon determined to make to the outskirts of the galaxy and start a new life. After indenturing herself as a servant to the wealthy and spoiled Doran Spaulding, the two find themselves on the Banshee, a spaceship whose passengers have dangerous secrets of their … Continue reading Books You Should Read: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Books You Should Read: Legend by Marie Lu

Throwback to the early 2010s dystopian craze! Legend sees a wanted criminal facing off against a talented detective in a grungy, futuristic Los Angeles. I've had this book on my Gotta Read Someday list since 2012, and can finally check it off. The Basics: Daniel "Day" Wing is a notorious criminal haunting the streets of dystopian, future Los … Continue reading Books You Should Read: Legend by Marie Lu

6 Words That Bog Down Your Manuscript

1. Obviously The words obviously and clearly used in narration break the rule of "Show, Don't Tell" and can come off as redundant. I've seen this done in everything from Harry Potter to Twilight to my personal hero, Diana Wynne Jones. Here are a few examples of what this looks like: He picked up the coat and obviously meant to go … Continue reading 6 Words That Bog Down Your Manuscript

How to Use Marketing 101 to Write Great Characters

Most writers don't think about marketing unless it's about how to sell your book, and even then they associate it with social media and getting the word out. But the crux of marketing delves into psychology and why we make the decisions we do. Writers can use marketing principles surrounding motivation, needs, and wants to … Continue reading How to Use Marketing 101 to Write Great Characters