Monday, October 28, 2013

Tis the Season for SCARY!!!


If you think that's SCARY, check out the You Tube video of my Festival of the Book interview!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KJMfklrACs

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My New Cover!!!!!!

This book releases on February 1, 2014 and is available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Writer's Tools- Part 10

Another tool a writer needs is other authors. Yep, we all need to be around like minded people so if you haven't joined a writer's group, I suggest that you do.

I'm not really talking about a critique group, but a group of writers who gather together to share ideas, successes, disappointments, marketing news, research tips, well the list can go on and on. The group I belong to is through the ACFW. About every other month we get together and visit a location that can help us with our research. We take short road trips or discover interesting museums in our own back yards!

We always enjoy a meal or desserts together and that's when we 'hash' over our writing careers. This group has beginners, mid-listers, best sellers and seasoned professionals. We all take a turn telling what we are working on or what we plan to work on, how our books are being received. Everyone there is supportive and not competitive in any way.

A group like this is something every serious writer needs. If you're not a part of one, do some research and find a group. Keep in mind through, not every group is right for you and that's okay. Just keep looking until you find one.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Writer's Tools - Part 9

I'm focusing on goal setting this week. Not a new subject for this blog!

I've been called a task master by my fellow writers many times. Setting goals for your writing is important. You can't grow and move forward with your writing career without them.

If you are not setting goals, my suggestion is to start small, like finish the rough draft of one chapter in a month or write and polish a short story in forty five days. Anything to keep your fingers on the keyboard.

More seasoned writers need to set goals to get out of their comfort zone. In turn that will increase output.

Now is the time of year to start thinking about your writing career and where you'd like to be at this time next year. Think of some easy and harder goals. As you complete the easy ones, you'll build confidence. The harder goals will stretch your abilities and help you grow in your writing.

As always at the end of the year, I'll review my goals and set new ones on this blog. From now until the end of December I'll be jotting down my ideas and deciding if they will move my career forward. I hope you join me in this effort!