WIR — DAVID SEDARIS

What I’m Reading: “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” by David Sedaris. This man needs no introduction obviously, so why it took me so long to find his work is beyond me. Given to me b...

Why I’m Publishing with IngramSpark

  When I started thinking about writing this article I googled CreateSpace vs. IngramSpark and found an awesome blog post about the pros and cons of each. So rather than duplicate what’s al...

101 Queries and a Marketing Plan

When I hit a 101 sent queries I stopped. The past two months have been an emotional roller coaster with high highs, low lows, and whole a lot of talking myself off a ledge. Over the course of weeks, a...

Thick Skin and Patience

Querying is a beast of a project. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal to have to write a cover letter and submit to agents, but let me tell you, it’s agonizing. First, I spent way too muc...

Women’s Fiction and Author Platforms

My novel began with a simple idea: a painter going blind, and spiraled into an adult coming of age story about a 27 year-old forced rethink the identity she spent her whole life cultivating. I embarke...

I wrote a book. Now what?

Three years ago when I left for Houston on an epic journey to become a “real writer” I never imagined that I’d actually become one. At the very least, I feel like one. I spent the fi...

Finding the Story

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” ― Robert McKee Every year for the Lunar N...

Rise to the Top, then Humble Yourself

Situated on a street notorious for prostitution, crime, and drugs, is my parents’ small motel. The area is known to many as the “meth capital of the world”. Cops hardly want to enter. An...