After Careful Consideration…

"After careful consideration…" That was how the email for my first rejection started. After carefully considering the options for the first book in my YA supernatural series, I had decided to find an agent. Having already had the manuscript professionally assessed by an editor who told me that it had potential and was suitable for... Continue Reading →

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The Basics of a Good Synopsis

If you’re planning to shop your book around, you’re going to need a synopsis. I started writing one when my first manuscript was complete and I was ready to find an agent. Strangely, even though at this point you’ll know your book inside out, writing the synopsis can be harder than writing the book. I... Continue Reading →

Writing a Query Letter that Works

If you’ve decided to go the traditional path to publishing, query letters are something you’ll have to master. To say the thought of writing a query letter overwhelmed me is an understatement. It’s a scary step, and one that any Google search will tell you is vitally important that you get right. Along with the... Continue Reading →

Increase Your Word Count In No Time Flat

If you’re a procrastinator, than chances are good that you’ve heard of the Pomodoro Technique—most likely while you were searching the web instead of writing. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method where you use a timer to keep yourself on track with a task. In the early days of forming a writing habit... Continue Reading →

Setting Writing Goals

No matter if you’re an established writer or just starting out, setting writing goals is great way to keep your work on track. While ideally writing a book would happen overnight, be near perfect after one draft, and be crafted without fear and doubt, the reality is much different. It takes work to put a... Continue Reading →

Forming a Writing Habit

To be a writer you must write. It’s common sense and one of the most quoted pieces of writing advice. Saying you’re going to write and then actually writing, on the other hand, is easier said than done. I like to write. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer.... Continue Reading →

Just Start

“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt… just start.” - Ijeoma Umebinyuo - You don’t need to be a talented writer to come up with the phrase just start. It’s made up of two simple words that hardly require hours of thought, writing and re-writing. What is... Continue Reading →

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