A few things before I begin today: 1-I finished “House of Leaves” and it felt like coming out of an exquisitely-written nightmare. I emerged back into reality, blinking in the daylight, not sure how long I had been lost but very very pleased with the experience. Check it out if you like weird, experimental-style novels.… Continue reading Being Happy For Other Authors
My tattoo appointment got moved to next weekend, so here I am! In the shocking wake of this election, with hate crimes being committed against people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, women, and other marginalized groups, representation in fiction is more important than ever before (and it was already pretty goddamned important). No doubt you have heard… Continue reading Surprise Post! Why Representation Matters
Hello, writers! Happy Sunday! Before I start today’s post, I want to get a couple of things off my chest: 1-I AM READING “HOUSE OF LEAVES” AND O MY GAD THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. Have any of you read it? Can we discuss it? I’m only 115 pages into it but every page is… Continue reading Conferences & Workshops
I was going to wait to do this post. I had planned on talking about workshops and conferences this week. But I got the first rejection on my new book on Tuesday, so it seems like an appropriate time to discuss it. Rejection fucking sucks, but it’s also an unavoidable part of the creative life… Continue reading Rejection
Today we move into the business-side of writing. It’s not really something you want to worry about until you’re done with your project, since you should never, ever query an agent until you have a finished book to send them. Trust me, it’ll look mighty bad if you happen to get a request for a… Continue reading Queries and Synopses and Agents, Oh My!
Happy Sunday! My apologies for the later-than-usual post, but I just spent several god-awful hours ordering my Halloween costume stuff. I’m not really feelin’ it this year, but I’ve won prizes for my costumes both years I’ve worked in this office, and now I’ve got a reputation to maintain. Pride, she cometh before the fall.… Continue reading Final Drafts
Hey, guys! I’ve decided not to do a post this week. Yesterday morning I sent the final draft of my manuscript to my agent, and we’re going out on submission tomorrow! I figured that warranted a Sunday off. But never fear! I’ll be back next Sunday, and we’ll be talking about “pulling it all together”… Continue reading No Post This Week