Introducing August’s “Author Open House”

Can you believe August if officially here? For me, it’ll be a super busy month preparing for the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference, as well as all the end-of-summer and back-to-school shenanigans.

What’s In a Genre? Choosing Your Genre Niche

gen·re /ZHänrə/ noun | a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter. (via Google) There are many levels of genre within writing. Fiction and non-fiction. Within fiction there’s romance, suspense, epic, tragedy, fantasy, etc. Within romance (for instance) there are subgenres such as Christian romance,Continue reading “What’s In a Genre? Choosing Your Genre Niche”

How Hiatus Helps and Hurts

It’s been a month since I clicked “publish” here. As I mentioned before the break, I felt in my heart that a hiatus was necessary. In these weeks, I’ve traveled to Florida to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday, took a trip to small town Alabama to visit my parents and their new chickens, and movedContinue reading “How Hiatus Helps and Hurts”

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Unexpected Rejection

During the last several months I have been in contact with a literary agent whom expressed interest in my first novel after meeting at a conference. I like to compare these months since to a season of courting. Our first date was at the conference, second date was sending a full book proposal, third dateContinue reading “It’s Not You, It’s Me: Unexpected Rejection”

DIY Branding Strategy: Part 2

As promised, it’s Thursday and I’m wearing my Communications Director hat to bring you the second of three installments of my DIY Branding Strategy series. Last week, we talked about how important it is to define your product, audience and story. Did you miss it? Check it out here. (Oh, and be sure to read toContinue reading “DIY Branding Strategy: Part 2”

The Writer’s Plight: A Little Perspective

I’ve been having myself a little pity party this week. With a word goal of 10,000 by Sunday (it’s Thursday and I’m not quite half way there), there have been many challenges. A husband who’s busy opening a new show at the theater and not around to help much. A busy week at my full-time dayContinue reading “The Writer’s Plight: A Little Perspective”

When There Aren’t Words…

Words should come easy to me. I’m a writer. But this week, I’m saving all my words for a big writing session needed for my manuscript. So, if you’ll be so gracious as to give me a “pass” this week, I’d sure appreciate it. Instead, I’m borrowing some encouraging, funny, and inspirational words of others…IContinue reading “When There Aren’t Words…”

Book Writing: It Takes a Village

Hello, lovely people. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far. Something just happened this morning that sparked the idea for this post. A co-worker and friend brought me a homemade frozen lasagna. This kind words accompanied his gesture: “For a night you need a little extra writing time.”