Do Reading Logs Make Reading Horrible? Here’s a Handy Short-cut!

I don’t know about your school, but my kids’ school is pretty cool. If my kid wants to take his shoes off and run around in his socks, he can. If my daughter needs to chew gum because it keeps her from chewing her hair, no problem. I walk into the lobby, and I’m surrounded … Continue reading Do Reading Logs Make Reading Horrible? Here’s a Handy Short-cut!

Timber Howligan First Month Update: Success!

Self-publishing is a business, so here’s the accounting: I promised to donate any proceeds to charity, the animal rescue organization Alley Cat Allies. Here’s what Timber earned in his first month out in the world: $4.07 from CreateSpace (11 copies) $11.87 from Draft2Digital (5 copies) $85.70 from paperbacks I sold directly (28 copies, including 12 … Continue reading Timber Howligan First Month Update: Success!

Is YA just for girls?

Are Young Adult books just for girls? Should they be? Well, no. But how do you explain this: “Imagine your local independent bookstore’s shelves. They teem with pouting girls and hunky boys and various shades of purple. Few self-respecting teen boys would venture there to find their next great read…So you are taking quite the … Continue reading Is YA just for girls?

Some things are worth waiting for–my experience with a professional editor

There are so many good things about being a writer—author Katey Howes captures most of them in this post: http://kateywrites.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/an-almost-objective-look-at-choosing-a-writing-career-illustrated/.  I happen to agree with all of these, especially the part about showing up to work in pajamas, and loving it so much you sometimes forget to pick your kids up from school (although, strictly … Continue reading Some things are worth waiting for–my experience with a professional editor

Syncing Your Reader’s Brain With Your Protagonist’s and Other Bits of Helpful Advice

Syncing Your Reader's Brain With Your Protagonist's and Other Bits of Helpful Advice If you're in the process of writing or editing a novel for the first time, this Writer Unboxed article by Lisa Kron may help you as much as it helped me. I mean, I know I have a lot to learn. I … Continue reading Syncing Your Reader’s Brain With Your Protagonist’s and Other Bits of Helpful Advice

Are you a novelist, a student, or a shipwreck survivor?

Are you a novelist, a student, or a shipwreck survivor? "The Passive Voice" sends me daily updates about the writing world, and this article from the Atlantic hit way too close to home. Like, ow: "The number of... How-to-Write books, blogs, and software programs has grown so colossally you'd think there is as much demand … Continue reading Are you a novelist, a student, or a shipwreck survivor?