8 Things I Wish Authors Knew About Working With an Editor

8 Things I Wish Authors Knew About Working with an Editor

Authors who have never worked with an editor before sometimes come into the process with a few (or a lot of) misconceptions. While I do my best as editor to clear things up from the get go, I think it’s worthwhile for authors to be educated about the process as soon as possible. You may be years away from needing an editor, or you may

The Editor is Out… The Writer is In

The Editor is Out

UPDATE: The Lost Branch is finished! See the amazing cover and read more about the story over on my author site. Right HERE, baby. Thanks for your patience as I finished the book. The editor is back in. In case you’re wondering where I’ve gone, I’m back just long enough to tell you. I’m deep in the final edits of my next book, The Lost

Highlights from the Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous

Highlights from the Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous

Every spring, the Idaho Writers Guild hosts the Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous. I love this conference. It’s small and intimate–meaning you get to chat with pretty much anyone you want, including the presenters–is well organized, and has plenty to offer writers in the region. This is my second year attending the Rendezvous, this time as a presenter. I sat on an editor’s panel with

Social Media: Fun or Futile? How I Decided to Get Real or Get Out

Social Media Fun or Futile

We authors are under a massive amount of pressure to build “author platforms.” It’s all about social media, they say. Blogging. Tweeting. Facebooking. Pinteresting. YouTube! Google Plus! Goodreads! Shelfari! Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! On top of all this, naturally, we need to allow time to write the next book, take care of our families, and have some modicum of a personal life.

How Offering My Book in Print Yielded 4 Surprising Results

How Offering My Book in Print Yielded 4 Surprising Results

When I first published my fantasy novel, Gift of the Phoenix, I almost didn’t offer it in paperback. I knew as an Indie author I wouldn’t have national distribution in book stores. I figured most of my sales would be digital. After all, we’re in the middle of the e-book publishing revolution, are we not? But I wanted copies for myself, my kids, my parents.

Don’t Tell Me What NOT to Read

Don't Tell Me What NOT to Read

(Note: I originally published this blog post on my author blog back in November of 2014. The topic was worth repeating here.) The highlight of my experience at the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books was two panels, both with Laurie Halse Anderson. The first was “Don’t Tell Me What NOT to Read: Teens and Censorship.” The second was “Edgy YA: Confronting Difficult Decisions.” Not surprisingly,

Why Networking is Not the Dirty Word I Thought It Was

Why Networking Is Not the Dirty Word I Thought It Was

For years I’d heard the advice to join professional organizations for their networking opportunities. I envisioned a bunch of well-dressed folks whipping out their business cards with a suave smile. I imagined a flow of conversation that persuaded everyone listening, Do business with ME. It seemed exactly the sort of slick, conniving environment in which I would be doomed to fail. I’m not so good

Still Writing That Novel? Seven Marketing Tasks to Begin NOW

7 Marketing Tasks to Begin Right Now

The biggest challenge, after writing a great book, is letting people know it’s out there. As we all know, the market is flooded with an unprecedented number of books and many a worthy tale is drowning in obscurity. It’s not enough just to release a book. You will need an author platform. If you’re like me, marketing is not your natural forte. I wrote Gift

What To Do If You Get a Bad Review

What to do if you get a bad review 2

Before I published Gift of the Phoenix I knew it was inevitable that I’d get bad reviews, because any book that’s read by more than just friends and family will get at least a couple of bad reviews. No book is universally loved. There are even times when I’ll turn a prospective reader away from my own book. Before publishing my novel, my only hope