Friday I attended a day-long writing conference in Louisville hosted by Writers Digest’s Chuck Sambuchino. In addition to his talks on agents, publishing (self vs traditional), author platform and marketing, we also had a fun session called “Writers’ Got Talent,” a first page-a-thon where three agents and an acquiring editor heard anonymous first pages aloud,Continue reading “What I learned at KY Writing Workshop”
This is going to be a very cryptic little post, because nothing is official yet. But I got a really exciting email today. It had an attachment. It came from a publisher. Once things are all signed and official-like, I’ll have some news to share. Can hardly wait.
It’s that time of year again, when we look back on what 2014 brought us and imagine what the coming year might have in store. Everyone is making their “best of” lists and resolutions. So here’s the obligatory New Year’s Eve blog post. What did 2014 mean to me? The end of cancer treatment. OK,Continue reading “The mandatory End of Year blog post”
Well, this was quick. My third publication releases today! It’s a science fiction anthology put together by Word Branch Publishing called Stories in Future Tense. I’m a contributing author and, along with several others, an editor. I won’t tell you which stories I got to edit, but in this book I get to be proudContinue reading “Sci-Fi Anthology is here!”
It’s official. My second publication is out there. It’s not a smutty romance story, and it’s not a sci-fi/fantasy. It’s a poem. I wrote it in response to Indiana University Simon Cancer Center’s call for submissions of short prose or poetry from warriors, survivors, and caregivers about the cancer experience. I couldn’t think of aContinue reading “I’m a poet”
Happy Thanksgiving! Today I am thankful for the publication of my first short story! A few months ago Fuse Literary put out a call for submissions for a sexy holiday romance anthology, and I thought, “Why not?” Having never actually read any romance, nor attempted to write it, I thought, “How hard can it be?”Continue reading “When does writer become author? Today.”
Hardly anyone knows I write. I have a few trusted beta readers (those are the first people who read your stuff after you, the alpha reader, have finished it. Or at least, finished it enough that you need somebody else to tell you what doesn’t make sense, because you’ve been through it so many timesContinue reading “Why aren’t you published yet?”
So what makes a fortysomething veterinarian decide to start writing books? Was it an overabundance of confidence, which only the soul-crushing novel query process can quell? Perhaps it was a deep need for self-expression, the kind that eighteen years of spaying dogs, neutering cats, removing tumors, pinning fractures, and rebuilding knees just can’t fulfill? SomeContinue reading “Why write?”
It’s official. This is my first-ever blog post. I’ve got three short stories coming out in the next few months, so I finally thought I could create an author website without feeling like a poser. And here it is. It’s not much yet, but check back soon. You never know.