What if your “word for the year” isn’t one you like?

[This blog post appeared on NovelRocket.com in January 2018] Everyone seems to be doing a “word for the year.” Last year I decided to do it too. Being the thinking overachiever that I am, I decided that my word for 2017 would be Published. It felt right. This was my goal, and it made sense … Continue reading What if your “word for the year” isn’t one you like?

ACFW New Releases – January 2018

January 2018 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Her Handyman Hero by Lorraine Beatty -- Reid Blackthorn arrives in Dover on a personal mission—to make sure his terminally ill brother gets a chance to meet his daughter. Deceiving little Lily’s guardian isn’t … Continue reading ACFW New Releases – January 2018

Five things I relearned to be a fiction writer

[This blog post first appeared on NovelRocket.com in December 2017] When I started writing fiction, I did what everyone does when at the start of a journey. I looked forward. With an excited deep breath, I developed my story ideas, built my platform and sought to be inspired by best-selling author blog posts, while dreaming … Continue reading Five things I relearned to be a fiction writer

What we can learn from “Six Steps to Publishing Success”

[This blog post first appeared in the International Christian Fiction Writers blog on November 13, 2017] I read this blog post by Dan Balow from the Steve Laube Agency, which was a tongue-in-cheek deconstruction of how some people misinterpret the work required to get published. This was Dan’s list – Six Steps to Publishing Success: … Continue reading What we can learn from “Six Steps to Publishing Success”

That one small – but important – part of the roller-coaster writing journey

The writing journey has been often described as a roller-coaster. Dizzying heights of seeing your name on a shelf  through to the depths of rejection by an agent, publisher or through a reader's negative review. 2017 has definitely been that for me. As I look back on my writing year, I can see - and … Continue reading That one small – but important – part of the roller-coaster writing journey