How To Get the Most Out of a Left Coast Crime Conference

I’ve attended four Left Coast Crime Conferences, a conference started for mystery writers and readers, as an alternative to the existing conferences like Malice Domestic and Killer Nashville and New England Crime Bake which take place on the East Coast. … Continue reading

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Paths to Publication: E. A. Stewart

Sometimes you don’t even notice the writers working quietly beside you, in my case, my writing partner and longtime friend, Annie Pearson, who writes medieval novels under the pen name E. A. Stewart. I first met Annie when I was … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Adrienne Ross Scanlan

Adrienne Ross Scanlan has been a student in several of my Hugo House classes: Deep Revision, Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal, and DIY Publishing. And I knew how hard she was working on this book since I saw several early … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Josephine Ensign

Of all the authors who I’ve interviewed for this column, Josephine Ensign is the writer who has worked the hardest and waited the longest to find the right publisher for her book. I have immense respect both for her talent … Continue reading

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Writing Omniscience

Once upon a time you could start a story with the words “Once upon a time,” and the reader would know they were in the hands of an omniscient narrator. That’s why I was so enchanted when C. M. Mayo … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Rebecca Ross

I’m fascinated by how many different paths writers can now use to connect with readers. So I was excited when Rebecca Ross, who had taken both my Non-Fiction Book Proposal class and my Indie Publishing class, decided to work with … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Allison Green

I had the pleasure of spending time with Allison Green last year during a writing retreat. Here’s a photo of me with Donna Miscolta, Jennifer Munro and Allison Green taken during that week. We’re obviously having a serious discussion about … Continue reading

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When to Edit What

A writer friend asked me a few weeks ago when it’s the right time to hire an editor. The answer is a bit complicated, because it depends on where you are in your writing project and what sort of writing … Continue reading

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Summer Reading Challenge

The summer reading challenge (read 12 books between June 1 and August 31) was first proposed by Oliver de la Paz, and adopted and adapted by two of my writing friends, Wendy Call and Josephine Ensign. It inspired me to … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Sonya Lea

I’ve known Sonya Lea for years. We’ve both taken classes from each other (with great benefit–at least on my side) and I felt honored to be able to read an early draft of this memoir. I was impressed by both her … Continue reading

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