A Tale of Four Agents

So in my long career as a writer (it’s hard for me to say that because it doesn’t seem like much of a career), I’ve had four agents. Two of them didn’t sell the project they represented for me and … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Andrea Lewis

Every week it seems to me I hear about another one of my writing friends and colleagues whose book is being published. And it was especially sweet when Andrea Lewis announced that she had won a contest that included publication … Continue reading

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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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