Saturday, September 10, 2016

Why I Still Have a Special Place in My Heart for Romance Novelists

It's the final day of my blog tour and I'm celebrating with a special friend. Today's blog tour host has been my friend and supporter for years now, so I'm SO excited to hang out on her blog today. Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a gift pack that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of both books (below).

I started my career as an aspiring romance novelist, so I still have a special place in my heart for romance authors. Click here to read my post on Elizabeth Seckman's blog.

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Friday, September 09, 2016

Why Every Writer Needs a Pet

Tomorrow is the final day of my blog tour, so be sure to enter my giveaway. I'll have an official thank-you blog to all my "team" next Friday. (Spoiler alert: they're all in a drawing to win signed copies of Piper #1 and #2!)

I've been reading Sandra Cox's blog for a while and it's one of my favorites. She's always there to cheer you up! To celebrate her love of animals, I wrote a pet-themed post. Click here to learn why every writer needs a pet.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

What I Wish I'd Known When I First Started Writing

We're winding down the Piper Morgan mega-blog tour of 2016! Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a gift pack that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of both books (below).

Yvonne Ventresca is a new author friend...and if you've read my blog a while, you know I'm excited about that because it means I get to read the awesome books she writes! Click here to read the advice I'd give my younger writer-self.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

IWSG: Finding the Time to Write

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecuritiesAnd this month, I'm a co-host, along with C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata! So thank you to all the visitors stopping by today.

Each month we have a question. This month's question is:

How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

This is a tough one, since my day is busy because I write! My daily goal is 2,000 words for my freelance writing clients, so most days are like this:

It's important that I work my own writing into all the writing I do for others, though. That includes personal blogging, which technically is part of the crazy world that is this:

I use my Gmail account to manage everything. When a new assignment comes in, I star it, which puts it in my "starred" folder in Gmail:

My latest email from my agent or editor is also in that starred folder. Throughout the day, I just go down the list, doing assignments, un-starring anything I finish. Every time I come around to that agent/editor email, that means I have to write one to two pages on my current manuscript (depending whether I'm on deadline or not.)

I've always felt that if you write a little bit on your manuscript every day, no matter what else is going on in your life, you'll stay "in" your story. Over time, those pages add up to this:

We also have an important announcement this month. The IWSG is holding an anthology contest!!!

Last year’s contest was science fiction – parallel world/alternate history, and the result was Parallels: Felix Was Here. This year, we have a new theme and invite all members to submit.

Eligibility: Any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging or Facebook member. The story must be previously unpublished. Entry is free.

Word count: 5000-6000

Genre: Fantasy

Theme: Hero Lost. It could be about a hero turned villain, a villain's redemption, a hero's lack of confidence, a hero's lack of smarts, etc. It can be about any kind of hero including superheroes, mythological heroes, unexpected or unlikely heroes, or a whole new kind of hero. This theme has plenty of scope and we’re open to pretty much anything along these lines. No erotica, R-rated language, or graphic violence.

Deadline: November 1st 2016

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted, previously unpublished story to admin @ before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details and if you are part of the Blogging or Facebook IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.

We’re excited to see the creativity and enthusiasm that’s such a part of this group put into action. So don your creative caps and start writing. And spread the word!

Our amazing judges this year:

Elizabeth S. Craig
Richard Harland
Laura Maisano
Russell C. Connor
Dawn Frederick
Michelle L. Johnson
Ion Newcombe
Lynn Tincher

How do you find time to write in your busy day?

Monday, September 05, 2016

Books I Remember from My Childhood

If you have a fond nostalgia for books of the past, you'll love today's guest blog. Be sure to enter my giveaway to win a gift pack that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of both books (below).

March of Time Books specializes in tracking down books from the past, so today's post brings back my own childhood favorite. Click here to read all about my favorite books from childhood.

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