How to Survive the Querying Process; Or, Being a Stubborn Ball of Rock

Grit For this post we want the grit that means courage and resolve, or strength of character. The definition that is synonymous with bravery, pluck, mettle, backbone, strength of will, steel, nerve, fortitude, toughness, determination, and tenacity. All of that sounds . . . well, amazing. MUCH better than refreshing your inbox for the sixth [...]

Still Waiting on That Silver Lining

This is an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Once a month, authors from all over come together and post in a hop where it's safe to admit that this writing job has its bad days. There will be listicles, support, and digital shoulders to lean on. To sign up for the hop yourself go here. And [...]

Books Reward the Bookworm

It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for the monthly blood & ink sacrifice to the shade of William Shakespeare! #authorlife #amwriting Haha, wait. *Double checks calendar* No, it's Insecure Writer's Support Group day. Sorry. We sacrifice on Saturdays. The Insecure Writer's Support Group is all about being real with [...]

One Good Way to Make Your Brain Leak Out Your Ears

Switching from the free (.wordpress.com) website to a self-hosted (.com) site has a lot of support. For starters, there are plenty of how-to articles with step by step instructions. There are YouTube videos. The self-hosting service I chose (Site Ground) works with WordPress so that computer illiterate people, like me, only have to push a [...]

Rejected Book Titles

So self-publishing is a thing, which is awesome. The author has total control over content, editing, cover art and titles. Like every great power, though, this is one that has to be used responsibly. When it comes to titles, this power is sometimes *too* mighty. Look, I know titles are hard but there are certain [...]

Surprise! It’s IWSG Day!

And further surprise! I did not write a post for the question this month. I blame the start of school, the pace of my freelance writing (picking up), and who I am as a person. *insert shrug emoji* A special announcement was part of this month's blog hop. I won't make you click around to [...]

Very Much Petted Peeves

Another edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group and the glory that is their steadfast support.   If you're into things like that, their Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG   The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG [...]

Updates on the Fledgling Author

Time to suck it up and update anyone who cares about how being a professional author is going. I started attempting this seriously in November 2016, so it's been about eight months. First of all: Hello to Georgianna (what a cool name.) I was afraid it might be creepy to use your personal email address, [...]