You've booked an author signing event. Congratulations! Now what? In my dayjob as a library event planner, I host at least four Local Author Festivals every year, featuring at least ten authors per event. I deal with a lot of authors who are doing their first signing ever and am frequently asked questions like, "What … Continue reading How to Prepare for an Author Signing Event
Our topic this month is "Kill Your Darlings" so I'm here to talk about social media practices you should murder and leave in a ditch somewhere! 1) Twitter auto-DMs when someone follows you I follow someone on Twitter because I think they're fun/nice/entertaining/informative. Within minutes, I have a private message from them. Which seems nice, … Continue reading Authors: Kill These Bad Social Media Habits
Yesterday, I deposited my first ever advance check and it got me thinking about my journey up to this point. I've been seriously pursuing my writing for about five and half years now. I've been a newbie, an intern, a "publishing professional," a blogger, a vlogger - and now I'm a paid author. It's a … Continue reading You will never know everything, you need to know everything and 6 other things I know about writing
I started querying THE DEMONS YOU KNOW... on November 2nd. That's exactly two weeks ago. I know it doesn't seem like a long time, especially in the glacially slow publishing world, but in waiting-to-hear-back-on-my-query time, it's like a gazillion years. Seriously, it took me about an hour to press that "send" button for the first … Continue reading It’s As Bad As You Think It Will Be…
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is one week away and I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts and tweets about it. Most of them are full of excitement, but many from publishing industry folks seem intent on casting a dark cloud over the event. They all sound something like this: “Well, I guess, maybe, … Continue reading In Defense of NaNoWriMo or "Don’t Playa-hate*, participate"