BAD, BAD MOTHER by Melody Winter November – I should have known it would happen. It’s the month when writers really lose it! Like shadows hiding in the corner, the seeds of doubt gather. They only have to wait until the right moment, and then they’ll pounce! As a writer, I persevere, ignoring these seeds […]
My name is Veronica, and I’m a lot of things. I’m a journalist with more than five years of professional experience writing and editing for publication (everything from in-depth investigative articles to academic theses to television scripts and screenplays)… I’m a marketing consultant who has been paid buckets of money to cruise the world selling everything from diamonds to luxury watches to kettle corn, with brevity and panache…. I’m a […]
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the inner-workings of the publicity business, 90% of the time new authors are put in charge of writing their own press releases. Even if you do eventually end up reaching the level of success where you can hire someone to do it for you, it’s actually STILL […]
Today’s video clip was undoubtedly inspired by the life of a real author, with a satiric twist. Because rejection happens–quite often–at every level of publishing, I’ve no doubt that this little snippet will appeal to a very wide audience. And if you don’t agree, well feel free to write me a letter about it.
Hey guys, just your friendly Jack of All Trades author/journalist/editor/intern/wine and cheese enthusiast here, letting you know about REUTS Publications’ totally bitchin #NaNoWriMo “offshoot” contest: Project REUTSway. The rules are simple. Sign up to be kept in the loop, but you won’t have any obligation to do the challenges, unless you want to. (Win, that is.) Each […]
Hey guys, I know I’ve been posting a lot of short stuff lately, but STAY TUNED for a more comprehensive look at what I’ve been up to lately in the world of publishing. (Spoiler alert: it’s a LOT.) Also keep an eye out for my upcoming “Marketing Monday” series, which will be published on the […]
LOL, I really should just change the title of this series to “Rhett and Link” video of the week. They just have SO many epic rap battles. Over everything.
Today’s snippet comes in the form of advice from the fabulous K.A. Tucker, author of TEN TINY BREATHS, among other great books. Here is a link to the full/original article, which is a guest post on Literary Agent Marisa A. Corvisiero’s blog.
Dear friends, fellow writers, and future readers, Rhett and Link are a PRIME example of why I prefer to write about the unsung sexy nerds and geeks of the Love Interest pool, instead of the typical rugged mountain man types. LOTR? ROFL. HTML? OMH.
Dear fellow writers, fellow career seekers, and actually… hell, just fellow human beings in general, Today’s snippet centers around a universal truth I have learned. As great as it is to have a supportive network of friends, or a wonderful spouse, or a great agent/editor/lawyer, government representative…whatever, Self-Advocacy is THE MOST IMPORTANT skill you should cultivate if […]
Because (apparently) I don’t already have enough weekly tasks that I forget to do… Introducing my new recurring post series: INSPIRING VIDEO CLIP OF THE WEEK! This week’s clip made me laugh so hard and then IMMEDIATELY start planning how I can fit a scene like this into my next book. IMO, every good relationship […]
First of all, if you’re unaware of what I’m talking about, MSWL is publishing code for MS (or manuscript) Wish List. Created by literary agent Jessica Sinsheimer, this social media / multimedia phenomenon essentially turns publishing upside down, in a good way. Here’s how I would describe it: Instead of a bunch of writers sitting […]
Today’s snippet concerns stalking. Specifically, editors. But I also think this pertains to agents. On behalf of aspiring authors everywhere, I’d like to thank Jennifer Crusie for this refreshingly cold splash of sanity. Here’s a link to the original post.
HAUNTED By Veronica Park I wanted you to see me For more than I was. But when you finally saw me It was only because I said NO. HELL NO. NEVER. You said I was pretty. Looking back, that was true. Those days I didn’t see it Which is why I went with you. Why I […]
This killed me. I’m not trying to encourage disparaging aspiring writers or anything…but if you’re having a bad day? Sometimes it does help to realize someone else’s is much, much worse. Brought to you by the anonymously hilarious agent behind SlushPile Hell.
When I was a teenager, I had some really unrealistic expectations of what a “real man” should be like. Maybe it was because I was a stereotypical “good girl,” and I believed people when they said that “opposites attract.” Maybe it was because all I knew about romance, I learned from fantasy books, John Hughes movies and […]
Soul searching, Cannot find map. Legs have gotten tired, Eyes burning with unshed, Unwanted tears. How long was this road an hour ago? A year ago? Ten years ago? Am I really lost, Or am I reluctant? Am I tired, Or am I depressed? Am I wandering, Or am I listless? What […]
Sometimes you try and you don’t succeed. But a life lived in fear is a life half-lived, right? So if you’re going to tank… Tank HARD. And that’s the moral of today’s story, kids. WordPress.com Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list… Blogger Powered by Linky […]
Today’s snippet is about those damn shiny, happy people. Via Writer’s Digest: Here’s the link to the entire/original post.
***Disclaimer: I feel like I should start off by confessing that I rarely schedule my blog posts. I realize that this makes me very naughty, as I’m about to chastise the world for doing the same. But nobody’s perfect, so…please consider this post my requisite self-flagellation for today. (Flagellation? Flogging? Is that right? Whichever one […]
How it HELPS 1. You probably don’t subscribe to the ‘no words without inspiration’ school of thought. Or, better yet, you’ve trained yourself to become inspired on command. This is great, because so many others out there will spend countless hours sitting in front of their antique typewriters, sipping scotch and staring out of windows […]
Today’s TC post comes a day late. But in my defense, I didn’t realize yesterday was Thursday…so. Anyway, I recently stumbled across this photographer’s website, while I was searching for cool photos to create a “future cover” mockup for one of my books. (Oh, don’t act like you’ve never done it, fellow writers!) Her name […]
I had a friend in high school who used to live by the phrase, “Nothing good ever happens in August.” I really do mean that, literally. For one month during the summer, every single year, if you called her up and asked her to hang out…go to the movies…go camping, whatever, she would simply respond […]
There’s really no one absolute, ultimate formula for writing a query. But there are certain…guidelines, if you will, that if followed will NEVER steer you wrong. 1. ALWAYS Start With The 3-4 Paragraph Query letter format: (Then tweak it, slightly. As needed. But only if you MUST.) Paragraph #1 – This is 1-3 sentences of absolute […]