What I Learned from Editing
In the past few years, I've done an enormous amount of editing.
Insider Advice from Newly Published Authors
The first time you publish a book, it’s a pretty surreal experience.
On the Virtues & Vices of Being a "Pantser" vs a "Plotter"
I write a lot, more true than this list even makes it sound, because so, so, SO much of my writing goes nowhere.
Ten Writing Rules That Will Improve Your Life
Stick to a daily word count. Take more writing classes. Write twenty more queries. Yada Yada.
How to Survive Writing a Book: The Rollercoaster of Engagement
It recently occurred to me that writing a first draft is not unlike revitalizing a room.
How to Know When to Quit Your Novel
Last year, I was thinking a lot about this question as it relates to writing: When is it okay to give in and give up?
Rules for Writing Good Fiction
In the most recent New Yorker, Teddy Wayne wrote an article called “Eight Rules for Writing Fiction.” Wayne’s rules got me thinking of my own personal version of his eight rules.
Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 2
What’s launching your book really like?
Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 1
What's launching your book really like?
The Truth about Book Readings
Writers are Thieves--When Do They Go Too Far?
When writing the fiction of violence, Katrin Schumann finds that there are no easy answers about how to get it right. This article first appeared in CrimeReads.
Countdown to Launch!
What's it's really like for authors in the months before launching a new book into the marketplace?
Your #1 Secret Weapon: Writing Communities
Starting from Scratch: Staring Down the Blank Screen
What happens when, after a long time writing and editing, you once again find yourself at the beginning of an entirely new project?
Is it Time to Re-Assess Your Writing Habits?
Sometimes change is good.
When Stumbling on a Book Can Change Your LIfe
When finding an inspiring book gives you courage to keep going with your own nutty ideas.
Tips on Getting Those Dreaded 'Blurbs' for Your Book
Does it influence you when a writer you admire endorses a book you're considering buying? For most readers, seeing killer blurbs from known names can make the difference.
Twenty Tips from Published Writers
Top tips from writers who've been there and done that.
Seven Surprises for Debut Authors
We make all sorts of assumptions about what it will be like to actually become published authors for the first time. I know that I was in the dark about so much--for example, I had no idea what marketing would entail and I had almost no understanding about realistic sales numbers and what constitutes "success."
Dealing with Copy Edits--the Dreaded Past Perfect!
The final stages before book publication involve copyediting (and then proofreading). It's your last chance to make changes before your writing goes public. What can you do at this stage to assure your book stays true to your unique vision and style?