I'm thrilled to say I finally sent off the short story, Some Old Ideas, for another anthology - this one's all about sci-fi. Thrilled because the story's done, and because, well, I must confess I like the way it turned out. Here's a teaser, but you'll have to wait a while for the whole thing … Continue reading Some Old Ideas – a teaser
My contribution to the Writers Vineyard, a blog about all things writing and publishing, is about branding, connecting with an audience, and telling white lies: Fiction: The Other White Lie As part of preparing for the release of my first book, An Alien’s Guide to World Domination, I’ve participated in some provocative discussions about promotion, marketing, platform, … Continue reading Fiction: The Other White Lie
My contribution to the Writers' Vineyard this month as the release date for "An Alien's Guide to World Domination" gets closer. And closer. And closer... Being Ready During the late fall and early winter, the magic “release date” of April 1 seemed beautifully far away. I listened to veteran authors and editors give advice about … Continue reading Being ready… or not
My first novel, "An Alien's Guide to World Domination," is scheduled for release in April. Here's the wonderfully zany dorky cute cover, from Petra K. of Champagne Books. If you think that alien is silly, just wait til you read the story - guaranteed to make you giggle, chortle, chuckle, or even guffaw!
I'll release the real title tomorrow. Meanwhile, it's your chance to vote!
In the first seven days of the "2013 - Thirteen Minutes a Day" challenge, I have: Drafted a two-page synopsis for "You, Jane," the second novel I wrote, so I can prepare a package for submitting to agents and publishers; Started editing "The Law of Immediate Forgiveness" so I can have it ready to 'shop' … Continue reading 91 minutes so far
I am thrilled to say that an independent publisher has expressed interest in reading the whole manuscript of Completely Absurd and Nearly Impossible... which not only prompted me to spend most of my weekend editing the thing, but also to finally post Part Two here. And it is tempting to say that is Project Create … Continue reading Invitation to the dance
Believe it or not, The Book is nearly done...I'm about to send the manuscript to a professional editor to help make sure it's really truly ready. (Of course when I get my 'editorial letter' back in about a month, I could find out that it's not nearly done...but let's not think about that now, shall … Continue reading The Book, Chapter Two: Disclosure
With considerable expertise derived from my vast experience (three and a half days at the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association conference), I will now describe how the fiction book publishing process works. Step one: Write the book you love, and make it perfect. Step two: Pitch it to a literary agent, or actually, to hundreds of … Continue reading How to get your novel published in seven easy steps