The Underbelly of Querying

For many aspiring novelists, querying agents and sometimes publishers is a requirement. Most big publishers won’t accept manuscripts from unagented writers and even if they do, you’re up against a mountain of slush. It stands to reason that if your work is submitted by an agent that has a standing relationship with your dream publisher, Read More…

The Reluctant Hero

One key ingredient of an epic hero – the kind of all around good guy (or girl) that you want to get behind in any story, is their reluctance to be a hero in the first place. Luke Skywalker. Katniss. Harry Potter. Tris. Superman. Why do we love them? Because they’ve suffered, they’ve sacrificed and Read More…

The Search for Meaning

“Human beings like to tell stories.” –Professor Peter Struck, Associate Professor, Classical Studies University of Pennsylvania I just finished an online Greek mythology course with Coursera, a web site that partners with universities throughout the world to offer free online courses. (If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should.) I took the class because Read More…

Letting Sadness In

I saw Inside Out with my 11-year-old daughter last week because I love Amy Poehler and I doubly love pixar films. That was my purpose for going, but what I ended up seeing was something entirely unexpected – a nuanced film with an emotionally fragile character that experienced real distress. I wept, and not just Read More…

The Next Five Years

I keep three sometimes-updated blogs; three slices of myself, separated under unique domain names , neatly categorized with the help of modern technology. The first, and most important – the one I update at least once a month, but usually more often, is the blog about my 13-year-old daughter and her ongoing battle with cancer. Read More…

Why My Main Character Has Cancer

I self-published my first novel, DOORWAYS TO ARKOMO, in May 2014 after submitting it to roughly thirty agents. I heard back from about half of them, mostly with variations of this sentence, “we like your writing, but the book is not for us.” It was…disheartening, but not unexpected. I knew the book was going to Read More…

Doorways to Arkomo is On Sale Now!

Doorways To Arkomo is on sale now on Amazon.com and Smashwords. It was accepted into the Smashwords premium catalog, which will (eventually) make it available for purchase in the Nook store and on iTunes. Click here for links to all ordering options.  

Musings on My Decision to Self-Publish

Twitter is a fun tool, particularly for writers, but it can also cause foot-in-mouth syndrome, which I recently experienced when I tweeted something off-the-cuff and snarky (I’ll fully admit) about literary agents. I’ve since deleted my tweet, so I’m posting what I remember I tweeted below. Here’s the thread: @LitRejections: Every literary agent has been Read More…