Wow. Just wow. Writing-wise, 2015 was a pretty stellar year. I sold the sequel in the Royals of Solana trilogy, went to my first RT Convention and met some incredible authors/friends, attended six book signings, finished half of the 3rd novel in Royals of Solana trilogy, wrote a new short story in its entirety (with … More 2015: A Look Back (Happy New Year!)
I know a lot of avid readers out there (myself included) that would hurdle over a semi-truck for this chance to read a bunch of great books like this! North Texas RWA is holding a new contest for published books, called the Carolyn Reader’s Choice Awards. Judges will read various Advanced Reader Copies of novels … More Great Opportunity to Read Free Books!
*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
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
Today feels like the first day of fall, or the closest you can get to it in North Texas in September. Rain. Glorious rain. It’ll be here for two days. The unfamiliar sighs of relief from every resident of the Lone Star state have echoed everywhere. Seems like my home has been plagued by a … More First Day of Fall- Where is my Muse?
Time for another happy dance, folks… I need to celebrate the little milestones, although this one isn’t so little. I received a FULL manuscript request from an editor. And of course, the minute I saw it, I started my own little happy dance around my kitchen island. Then called my hubby, parents, posted on … More Cautiously Optimistic Happy Dance
Wow, life is crazy. I’ve not been on Twitter or Facebook much, I’ve not been following many blogs, and sadly haven’t been posting on my own page. Even more unfortunate, I haven’t been writing or revising much either. With all of the joyous weather trekking through north Texas over the last few weeks (including more … More Let Me Write, Flo!
Bad editing of a promising book is like finding out your favorite food is made of dog crap. I’d expect a few mistakes on a debut author, particularly if it was self-published or an e-book. Sometimes the formatting on E-Books can be the Devil, no matter how many times you proofread it before you hit … More Protesting a Book, In My Own Subtle Way
Part of my revisions for my manuscript involve doing more research on villains. Yes, apparently the villain in my novel isn’t developed enough, according to my critique partners, and they’re right. So I’ve dug around on the internet to find info on the inner minds and psyche’s of our nation’s more recent sicko’s, including reading … More Researching Villains
Every writer, particularly published authors, know that the publishing industry requires a thick skin for anyone who dares enter their dominion. I thought I had a fairly thick skin before I even started querying my first manuscript. *insert cackle laughter here* Now, I know I don’t have nearly as thick of skin as I should, … More Thick Skin For Hire