Original ideas barely scratch the surface. Instead, they are often just the invitation to write. ~ Khrys Vaughan There are so many stories I want to write – twisted stories and strong female characters. Different genres, but all fiction. Some are short stories that may become more later. Ones I have to get out of my head lest […]
I was scrolling through my Twitter feed this morning when I ran across #KickAssGirlsOfYA, a series of events during the month of April celebrating strong female characters in YA (Young Adult) fiction. Libby Heily, author of Welcome to Sortilege Falls, is one of several authors participating in the month-long celebration. Needless to say, I couldn’t be more […]
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I just listened to Episode 145 of The Author Hangout, Book Marketing Tools’ podcast. And was absolutely thrilled to hear host, Shawn Manaher, read my email as part of opening comments! You may recall I met Shawn last year at an event sponsored by the St. Louis Publishers Association. I had emailed Shawn seeking his insight on author dependency […]
A little over a week ago, I filmed the trailer for my first book, The Red Umbrella Society! Although I’m a new author, I see how easy it is for authors to be consumed with writing to the exclusion of all else. Perhaps my background as a Consultant is why as I began to write TRUS, I always […]
I only discovered I was creative several years ago after taking what was to be a brief hiatus. Until that time, I worked in very linear, analytical left brain fields with clear hierarchies, metrics, goals, and performance requirements. It’s only in hindsight that I’m able to identify times my right brain showed up, its appearance followed by comments […]
This past weekend, I attended the ‘How to Build an Audience, Grow Your List, Sell More Books!‘ workshop by Shawn Manaher, founder of BookMarketingTools.com and host of The Author Hangout, a weekly podcast where he interviews successful authors and provides actionable tips listeners can implement immediately. The event was sponsored by the St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA), held at […]
With September 8th being the next #PitMad, thought this would be a good topic to revisit & hopefully provide insight. —————————————————————————– Last Thursday, I visited Twitter and saw #PitMad was trending – literally a massive party on Twitter where writers pitch their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts in 140 characters or less. I first saw mention of PitMad several […]
Quick snapshot of a corner of my room. Typewriter was a Christmas gift from my amazing husband, Brian.