If you’re in the query trenches like I am, then you have undoubtedly seen the call for #OwnVoices stories and perhaps even wondered, what is #OwnVoices and does my book qualify? Simply put, #OwnVoices are books written by an author who shares a marginalized identity with the protagonist. For example, if you’re Deaf and you write a book with a Deaf protagonist, that qualifies as #OwnVoices. You can read more information here. Continue reading “What is #OwnVoices?”
Networking can be scary, especially if you’re introverted like I am, which is why it’s so important to consider how to prepare for a writing conference before attending one. My natural predisposition to my own company is likely why I gravitated towards writing in the first place, which is a very solitary activity.
The #MeToo movement is a very politically charged conversation and I don’t debate politics or religion on social media. However, the relevance of #MeToo in romance novels is a valuable conversation to have without getting into any of the nitty gritty details. If you want to learn more about what the heck #MeToo is, you can check out this site.
I’m a contemporary romance author, but many of the suggestions I provide below about how to research your book apply to multiple genres. Whether you are writing your debut novel (mine is called Twist of Fate, which I’ll be querying live to literary agents this weekend) or working on your twelfth, I hope my list contains a tip or two that you can use. Continue reading “How to research your book”
Today I’m sharing books that have made me a better writer as I work towards publishing my first novel, Twist of Fate. The best authors are readers themselves and not only consume the books in their genre, but also books that improve their own narratives. I’ve been writing in the corporate world for nearly a decade (still not sure how that happened – time flies!) and even though I consider myself an experienced writer, I’m constantly learning and humbled by those who are ahead of me on their journeys. Continue reading “Photo Friday: books that have made me a better writer”
My regular readers may have noticed that I have a brand new logo on my website (and my new readers will just assume I was always so professional). Whether you’re pursuing traditional or self -publishing, it is critical that you understand how to build an author platform and develop your personal brand. Continue reading “How to build an author platform”
Other than my family, there isn’t anything I love more than writing. You will often hear writers complain about the dreaded writer’s block, but I’ve honestly never experienced it. So, now you’re wondering why you should read my 10 ways to beat writer’s block when I don’t struggle with it, but that’s exactly why – I’ve been writing my whole life and I’m going to share my tried, tested and true methods that will get – and keep – you writing. Continue reading “10 ways to beat writer’s block”