#pitmad- No Reason to Get Mad about Pitches

The next #pitmad event is coming up on Thursday from 8AM- 8PM EST. Never participated before? Well, first things first– read the link above. Done that? Okay. Double check that you meet all of the key qualifications: Is your manuscript completed? When you get a request for that awesome project that you’re only 1/3 done with,Continue reading “#pitmad- No Reason to Get Mad about Pitches”

Litsy App Review

New social media tool for book discovery and review? Instagram meets Goodreads? Yes, please. Litsy is a book ranking and discovery app (for iOS only at this point) which lets you create ongoing discussions about books you’re reading with other users as well as share bookish pictures. The buttons allow you to see a timelineContinue reading “Litsy App Review”

Conference Wrap-Up

This past week I had the good luck to attend five hours of Book Expo America and a full day of writing discussion during the Writing Workshop of Chicago. Both taught me different lessons and both helped inspire me this morning as I went back from the dreamlike land of conference-world to the sweat ofContinue reading “Conference Wrap-Up”

A Case for Rereading

It’s hard to beat the shiver of recognition when you read words you’ve read before, almost like hearing a friend’s voice over the phone for a first time in a long time. As writers, reading is essential and it can be hard to make time to reread a book, but I’m learning how important itContinue reading “A Case for Rereading”

Obscenities and Fiction

So I recently finished polishing up my work in progress and started querying it. After having gone through this process once with my novel-in-the-drawer, it was so much easier this time to feel when it was “ready.” One of my last read-throughs I had to have a heart-to-heart with my red pen about all ofContinue reading “Obscenities and Fiction”

Ransomware and writers

You’re writing and all of a sudden your computer freezes and a message appears demanding money, in the form of bitcoin, in order to keep all of your documents from being deleted or from staying in permanent gobbledygook. Is this a nightmare? No, it’s ransomware, the fastest growing form of internet crime, and one whichContinue reading “Ransomware and writers”

Why be bored?

This is about writing, so stay with me here… I’m Catholic and we just finished the season of Lent.  Lent is supposed to be a time of self-denial and people give up all sorts of things: meat, candy, beer, Facebook, etc.  This year I looked at my life and tried to see what was distractingContinue reading “Why be bored?”