5 Lies that Cripple New Writers

5 Lies that Cripple New Writers

“Ye shall not surely die.” Ever since the snake whispered in Eve’s ear in the Garden of Eden, mankind has been susceptible to lies. Our volatile emotions open up vulnerabilities for falsehood to sink its teeth into.   As writers, a distorted mindset can hinder...
How to Catch an Agent with Your Hook

How to Catch an Agent with Your Hook

If you’ve pursued publication for any length of time, perhaps you’re already aware of tips and tricks on how to grab an agent’s attention.   Maybe you understand the importance of building a presence on social media and learning how to market a book. Maybe you’re...
Are You a Good Writer?

Are You a Good Writer?

At intervals throughout your journey, you’ve probably wondered whether you’re a good writer. Unfortunately, I can’t sympathize because that thought hasn’t occasionally crossed my mind.   It’s crossed my mind dozens, hundreds, thousands of times. Yearly, weekly,...
You Won NaNoWriMo. Now What?

You Won NaNoWriMo. Now What?

Hooray! You dashed off at least 50,000 words in one month. Maybe you even finished a full novel. But once the mad rush is over, how can you salvage the mess you created? (Mess is used affectionately here. Since NaNo produces quantity rather than quality, your draft...
A Crash Course on How to Market a Book

A Crash Course on How to Market a Book

During my first few months as an author, I despaired over the book I was writing. How will I reach people and convince them to read this? Could I pay a publisher to print my book and market it?   In retrospect, not only am I embarrassed that I contemplated such a...
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