Officially announcing I am now a freelance editor! If anyone is looking for an editor for their novels, short stories, or novellas, please consider my services. Contact me for rates and specific services. I registered on Outsource. For those who are unaware, I’m a multi-published author in women’s fiction and romance novels. I have edited … More Now Freelance Editing!
I attended a Published Author’s Forum at Greater Fort Worth Writers Group back in March 2016. Here is the video clip of my portion. I had a lot of fun sharing my journey and interacting with other writers. There’s some useful pieces of advice for those of you who are interested in writing and trying … More Published Author Forum Video
*This article originally appeared in the GFWWriters June 2013 Newsletter* CoWritten by author C. A Szarek. So you want to attend a writer’s conference? First time? Even BETTER! There are so many great ones out there. Before you make any decisions, make sure you do your research, talk to others that have gone; listen to what … More How To Choose a Writer’s Conference
Five years of learning my voice and writing style. Four manuscripts- either waiting in the wings or on my laptop. Eight months of writing and revising this particular manuscript. A year of querying and rejection. Fourteen full or partial manuscript requests from either agents or editors. What do all of these equal? I will be … More I Will Be Published… Happy Dance Time!
I have some interesting news, potentially awesome. But I don’t want to jinx it. As soon as I have more info, I’ll share it. But it’s been a good few weeks as far as writing goes. In a business full of rejection, and the lovely habits of swallowing those rejections week after week, it’s good … More Sweets and Sours
Putting on my reader scarf for this post. Just forewarning. Deceiving a reader is good in suspense or mystery novels. Not with reprints. I ran across a few books this month that looked intriguing. Beautiful covers (yep, I fell for it), an author I hadn’t read before and I was excited when I sat down … More Deceiving the Reader is Bad
My mind has been preoccupied for the last 2-3 weeks on one overwhelming thought. I’m not certain I’m writing in the right genre anymore. Everyone knows the face of publishing across all genres is changing. Dramatically. With the boom of e-publishing, closing of independent bookstores and distributors and the profit squeeze for authors, agents, editors, … More Changing Face of Publishing, Including Romance
Audrey’s Promise (Contemporary Romance) Queries Sent: 10 (and 2 contest entries) to mostly agencies Rejections: 5 (all form letters) Partial Requests: 1 (Synopsis sent to agent, and since rejected) Full Requests: 2 (both from Publishers, still pending) I’m doing it the smart way. I send out 3-4 at a time and wait for responses. If … More Query Status: Eternal State of Waiting
It’s that time in my career again… Queryville. Which inevitably conjoins with Reject-o-season. Much like tax season. It’s painful. ‘But necessary.’ Thanks to some help from dear friends, I had a query letter and synopsis written up fairly quickly and sent out to an agent whom I’ve followed for years. And after a glorious week … More Query Time and Tax Season
The smoke from the fire you create with your words will always cloud your future. One way or another. And who wants to walk through the world blind, choking on smoke? I recently read a blog post from a literary agent (whom I respect and follow regularly) that disturbed me. He had attended a few … More Burning Bridges Clouds Your Path