The Delete Checklist

Words. You can’t be a writer without them. We use them to convey our thoughts and feelings, to create worlds and the characters living in them. Words give us our voice, but they can also muddle it. Just because you can write using all the words doesn’t mean that you should. Being too wordy can... Continue Reading →

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How To Sort Through Feedback Without Going Insane

Recently, I had four talented fellow writers beta read book one of my supernatural YA series. This was the book I spent a year shopping to agents, and waited over a year for a publisher response. There were issues with the manuscript. I knew it from the rejections. So I rewrote parts, bumped a minor... Continue Reading →

The 5 Stages of Rejection Letter Grief

A few weeks ago I received a rejection letter from a publisher. This wasn’t the first rejection letter I’d received (far from it), nor was it different from any of the other rejection letters I’ve been sent or seen posted by other writers. There was the usual, it’s not you, it’s me, and the non-committal... Continue Reading →

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