Blog, Books

Lessons From C.S. Lewis and Tolkien’s Hobbit

I'll never forget reading about how J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis sat around in a pub in England having heated discussions about the way books should be written. Oh how I wanted to be a fly on that wall! I can just imagine them, sitting in a dark corner, pints on the table in front… Continue reading Lessons From C.S. Lewis and Tolkien’s Hobbit

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

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

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