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Are You Ready to Query Agents?

Are You Ready to Query Agents?
Jan 06, 2021

Do your pages match your pitch?

Can an Editor "Fix" Really Bad Writing?

Can an Editor "Fix" Really Bad Writing?
Dec 02, 2020
Editors often see projects at radially different stages of development. Truthfully, we sometimes see writing that is really, well, bad.

Being a "Good Enough" Writer is a Brilliant Strategy

Being a "Good Enough" Writer is a Brilliant Strategy
Oct 07, 2020

All writers are a crazy mixture of egotistical, manic, single-minded, optimistic on the one hand and...
 

Get Inspired: Time to Strategize for Writing Success

Get Inspired: Time to Strategize for Writing Success
Sep 02, 2020

Are you finding it hard to write? We live in deeply unsettling times, and it's easy to get distracted by all that's going on in the world. 

Reading Novels While Writing Novels: Yes or No?

Reading Novels While Writing Novels: Yes or No?
Aug 05, 2020

I'm amazed by writers who stop reading in their genre while writing their own books. 
 

Launching a Book During an Epidemic

Launching a Book During an Epidemic
Jun 03, 2020

For those of you reading this who haven't yet published your first book, I'm sure you've dreamed about your book launch. 

What You Need to Nail in the First Pages of Your Book

What You Need to Nail in the First Pages of Your Book
May 06, 2020

Last month, feeling unmoored and wanting to build community during self-isolation, I launched something I called #fivefreepages.

What Writers Do in Times of Crisis

What Writers Do in Times of Crisis
Apr 01, 2020

I sat down to write this post and have now written four openings and ditched them all.

Research While Writing: Handle With Care!

Research While Writing: Handle With Care!
Mar 04, 2020

Today, March 4, is the official Boston launch of my second novel, This Terrible Beauty.

Is Productivity Always Good for Writers?

Is Productivity Always Good for Writers?
Feb 05, 2020

How long does it really take to write a book? From beginning the first draft to seeing it on bookshelves?

It's the New Year! Some Writerly Resolutions

It's the New Year! Some Writerly Resolutions
Jan 01, 2020

Last year, I didn't make any New Year's resolutions.

What I Learned from Editing

What I Learned from Editing
Dec 04, 2019

In the past few years, I've done an enormous amount of editing. 

Insider Advice from Newly Published Authors

Insider Advice from Newly Published Authors
Nov 06, 2019

The first time you publish a book, it’s a pretty surreal experience.

On the Virtues & Vices of Being a "Pantser" vs a "Plotter"

On the Virtues & Vices of Being a "Pantser" vs a "Plotter"
Oct 02, 2019

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

Ten Writing Rules That Will Improve Your Life
Sep 04, 2019

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

How to Survive Writing a Book: The Rollercoaster of Engagement
Aug 07, 2019

It recently occurred to me that writing a first draft is not unlike revitalizing a room.

How to Know When to Quit Your Novel

How to Know When to Quit Your Novel
Jul 03, 2019

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

Rules for Writing Good Fiction
May 08, 2019

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

Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 2
Apr 03, 2019

What’s launching your book really like? 

Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 1

Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 1
Mar 06, 2019

What's launching your book really like?