A Tool for Detecting Passive Voice: Author Toolbox

There are some generally accepted Golden Rules for authors (which, okay, change from century to century, genre to genre, and are not so much rules as guidelines?) One of them is DEATH to All Adverbs, which I am personally fighting against because I love me a good adverb. Another is Conflict is King. Too bad [...]

Make a Wish: an IWSG Post

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a judgment-free presence in your author life. Tell us about your doubts or fears, and how you have conquered them. Bring us in on your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who might be struggling. Visit and connect with your fellow writers. The group aims [...]

The Basics of Romance, for Your Author Toolbox

*Sings* Do you want to write a romance? If you do, you're in good company. Millions of books published every year. Thousands of authors. HUGE part of the market share. But, where to start? How is a romance different from any other fiction novel? What defines "romance"? At the basic level: A romance novel tells [...]

The Writer’s Tag: Look I’m Legit With Tags and Everything Now!

In which the author, who is not crazy, interviews herself and the voices in her head. Should be fun. The tag was created for authors by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen as a fun way to connect with other writers, and help us all get to know each other better. I'm participating in this tag thanks to the wonderful GJ [...]

10 Reasons Writers Are Creatures of the Night

We function best with darkened spaces. Like a desk, or a writing cave. 2. We're characterized by being active during the night and sleeping during the day. When we can get away with it. 3. Highly developed sense of hearing means we pick up on and use the conversations we hear around us all the [...]

Adding AllAuthor to Your Author Toolbox

Yes, there is BookBub.com. It's right up there with the ginormous Goodreads as a top spot for recommendations and book lists. Pretty much every post or anecdote I've heard about BookBub emphasizes how amazing it is when it comes to promotion. I believe those posts, and I'm happy for those authors but . . . BookBub will promote [...]

The 10 Totally Made-Up Commandments of Querying

This is an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Since I'm currently querying and fielding nothing but rejections, I'd like to share the pain. Odds are good that some of you are in the trenches with me. The optional August question is: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey? Querying. Avoid [...]