Authors, Blog, Books

From Early Draft to Award Winner: Step Right Up

I heard the best news the other day, and now that it has officially been announced, I'm so excited to write about it here. My brilliant friend Donna Janell Bowman won the Writers' League of Texas 2016 Book Award for picture books for her debut picture book biography STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM… Continue reading From Early Draft to Award Winner: Step Right Up

Authors, Blog, Conferences, Writing

Make writing worth your time, says Jennifer Nielsen

"Writing is such a diverse field with so many options and possibilities, it’s easy to choose the route with the immediate payoff, or the one that best strokes your ego, but if they don’t get you closer to what you want most, then it’s not worth your time." -- author Jennifer Nielsen I love this quote… Continue reading Make writing worth your time, says Jennifer Nielsen

Authors, Blog, Publishing

Self-Publishing Pros and Cons with Dotti Enderle

The changing publishing industry is offering new opportunities to writers, but is self-publishing for you? My friend and great writer Dotti Enderle (aka Dax Varley) has been published traditionally and self-published. Her most recent release, SEVERED (A TALE OF SLEEPY HOLLOW), is a young adult novel that's gives its own version of the Icabod/Katrina story.… Continue reading Self-Publishing Pros and Cons with Dotti Enderle

Authors, Blog, Books, Contests

Upcoming Book Alert: Hidden by Megg Jensen

While I'm still a huge fan of traditional publishing, I'm also all for the opportunities that are now available for those who want to go it alone. And as an editor, I'm impressed and admire those indie authors who go the extra mile to make their books professional. Megg Jensen is one such author, which is… Continue reading Upcoming Book Alert: Hidden by Megg Jensen

Authors, Blog, Motivation, Writing

Eight Ways to Keep Up Your Writing Momentum with Anna Staniszewski

Today I'm thrilled to have a guest post by Anna Staniszewski, author of My Very Unfairy Tale Life and its sequels, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail and the latest, My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending (check out the trailer below). Anna's got another series starting in January, The Dirt Diary. With all those words in print,… Continue reading Eight Ways to Keep Up Your Writing Momentum with Anna Staniszewski

Authors, Blog, Books

2013 Debut Author Bash: Claire M Caterer

There's nothing more inspiring than debut authors, which is why I'm thrilled to be part of the 2013 Debut Author Bash, organized by YA Reads. Today I've got a wonderful guest post by Claire M. Caterer, whose debut book is the middle-grade adventure The Key & the Flame, published by Simon & Schuster imprint Margaret… Continue reading 2013 Debut Author Bash: Claire M Caterer

Authors, Blog, Classes

Creating Brilliant Places to Write: The Writing Barn

There are many wonderful things about being a writer in the Austin, Texas, community, and one of the best is The Writing Barn. I admit I'm biased. The Barn was created by my brilliant friend and author Bethany Hegedus (Between Us Baxters). But no one can leave The Writing Barn without being just a little… Continue reading Creating Brilliant Places to Write: The Writing Barn