The Writers' Vineyard was out of operation for a bit, due to some technical issues. It's back, and it's a good lesson in all the ways we should back up our work (and of course, back each other up, too). More on the importance of backing up here.
Lucky 13: A good luck story from Carol McPhee
This month I welcome award-winning author Carol McPhee to our Lucky 13 series. Carol is published with Wings ePress and Champagne Books. Her home is in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she lives with her husband of fifty-two years. Since their four children are grown and flown, Carol has plenty of time to let her imagination soar into stories of love and … Continue reading Lucky 13: A good luck story from Carol McPhee
Second Book, Five Random Lessons
My contribution to The Writer's Vineyard this month shares a few lessons learned from bringing my second book into the world. And yes, it includes the recommendation to take your book out on a date night, just the two of you. Read it all here.
The ‘Wild West’ of digital publishing
Here's a nice addition to release week for You, Jane: Our local paper covers the "Wild West" of digital publishing, using my own (terrific, fortunately) experience with Champagne Books as an example. ~*~ Digital publishing may be a relatively new format, but the path to publication still requires commitment and determination from authors, wheth… via … Continue reading The ‘Wild West’ of digital publishing
You, Jane enters production
Quietly, toward the end of last week, word came that the manuscript for You, Jane survived editing and has "entered production." I will touch it one more time before the e-book is published in June, when I get to review the galley for final proofing. Soon I'll see the cover art, too, which makes for … Continue reading You, Jane enters production
Lucky 13 Story: Welcome Jill Blair!
We've another lucky Friday the 13th this month, and I count myself very lucky to host a piece from romance writer Jill Blair. She tells the story of luck found in an old email - and don't we all save old email way too long, or so the efficiency experts tell us? Not Jill. She … Continue reading Lucky 13 Story: Welcome Jill Blair!
The heart of your story
This month, my contribution to the Writers' Vineyard is about finding the heart of your story. Not just the story you want to publish, but the story you want to live: If we focus on what is essential about ourselves as writers, we can let the rest go. Follow all the suggestions and feedback we … Continue reading The heart of your story
Lessons from the Slushpile, etc.
This month my contribution to The Writers' Vineyard chronicles a few things I've learned from reading slushpile (unsolicited) manuscripts, and e-book contest entries. Hint: art is often about breaking the rules. Isn't it? Read the whole post here, and read the entertaining and enlightening musings of fellow Champagne Book Group authors while you're there.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a book): Absolutely Nothing
In my July contribution to The Writers' Vineyard, I propose a helpful workshop for newly published, first-time authors: Expect Absolutely Nothing. Read it all here, and find out what you might miss while waiting for that first breathless National Public Radio interview.
My contribution to the Writers' Vineyard this month is about getting re-acquainted with the story I wrote last fall as I help it seek an audience. Update: the agent I met with at the Write on the River conference this weekend wants me to send her the first 3 chapters! Guess what I'm doing this … Continue reading Getting Re-acquainted