Publishing Industry Myths and Legends

When I first entered the lofty realm of book publishing as nothing but a meek little editorial intern, I believed all sorts of misconceptions about the industry. Not least the editors’ choice: “So you just read all day, right?” Haha, that hasn’t gotten old! . . . But over the years, I’ve discovered that’s just… Read more »


The Secret Power of Guest Posting

It’s easy to learn about the basic benefits of guest posting—articles about it are all over the place (including this particularly excellent one from DIY MFA, not that I’m biased). Guest posting is a great way to give your blog a boost in traffic and grow awareness for a website, book, or other project. These… Read more »


#5OnFri: 5 Reasons To Harness Your Storytelling Superpower

A few weeks ago I helped Gabriela launch a new quiz for DIY MFA called “What’s Your Storytelling Superpower?” Basically, you take this personality quiz, and based on your responses we tell you what kind of story you’d be good at writing. I don’t know about you, but I’ve taken plenty of online quizzes before…. Read more »


Publishing My First Book, Part 1

  After I signed my book contract, I thought I’d have a few weeks to let things sink in before editing began. I mistakenly thought I’d have a month or more to do nothing but pound out the first draft of book two. Nope. The discussions on editing and the cover began within a week,… Read more »


A Walk-Through of the Publication Process, Part II

Welcome back, writers, to part two of my walk-through of the book publication process, in which I attempt to show how an accepted manuscript becomes a pretty, published book. Last time, I talked you through the manuscript stage—how a novel is edited, copy edited, and proofread, among other things. Today I’ll be discussing production through… Read more »


7 Ways I Jumpstarted My Author Platform

I’m a marketing professional and blogger who runs an online short story publication … so I’ve been in the game of building an audience online for years. It’s what I do for clients, and it’s also been, essentially, a personal hobby. But when it came time for my first novel to get published earlier this… Read more »


#5OnFri: Five Takeaways from SleuthFest

I just returned from a week at SleuthFest, the Mystery Writer’s of America Florida chapter’s annual conference. A self-confessed ThrillerFest fan, I was skeptical how this conference would compare. ThrillerFest has nearly one-thousand attendees and almost forty editors/agents who participate. You can get lost in the ThrillerFest’s endless sea of workshops and author panels. At around two-hundred… Read more »


Take the Leap: Embracing the Power of Zero

“Once you understand that there are problems just waiting to be solved, once you realize that you have all the tools and all the permission you need, then opportunities to contribute abound. No one is going to pick you. Pick yourself.” – Seth Godin  Starting something new (a blog, a business, an email list, etc.), like… Read more »


#5OnFri: 5 Fears of Blogging (And How to Overcome Them)

It’s not just you. Starting a blog can be knee-knocking scary—even when you know it can help you get published, build an audience of eager readers, and build your credibility as a writer. Because what will you write about? What if you don’t have time? And why should anybody listen to you when a bajillion successful bloggers out there have been… Read more »