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

Blog, Books, Classes

Two free writing courses

There are loads of wonderful writing classes around, but if you're strapped for cash, I've found two free multi-week writing courses from universities. How Writers Write Fiction from the University of Iowa started yesterday, so sign up quickly. It's a 6-week course, running through Nov. 21, with video lessons, online discussion and writing assignments. It's part of… Continue reading Two free writing courses

Blog, Conferences

My first writing conference — organizing

I've said on this blog numerous times that I'm a HUGE fan of writing conferences. When I took on the Regional Advisor job for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, I wanted to honor the organizers of all the wonderful conferences I've been to over the years and put… Continue reading My first writing conference — organizing

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