Tag: writers

When Self-Promotion Becomes Self-Distraction

I recently debuted new branding and a redesigned website for my online author platform. Not to brag (okay, totally to brag), but I think it looks great. It captures the genre and spirit of my writing. The “glow-up” has been a long time coming, as I’ve never been completely happy with the elegant but boring…

How to Pick Your Next WIP

I’m done. Finished. Finito. It’s a wrap on “final” edits to my middle grade novel. I’m now a query critique-and-revision cycle away from sending it back out to agent slush piles. I can’t do much more to get this book noticed, represented and published, so short of edits requested by an acquiring editor, I’m calling…

Breaking the Shelfie Optic

I have a confession: I wince when fellow authors post their shelfies—photos of their glorious bookshelves, filled top to bottom with volumes of literary treasures. Not because I hate seeing them but because my own shelfie would be appallingly, even embarrassingly, lacking. I love books. I love buying them. I love reading them. I especially…

Social Media: Taking a Break or Breaking Away?

Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of deleting my Twitter account. My philosophy on social media is that it should earn its space in our lives. We should be getting something positive from it, whether its financial, social, or emotional in nature. If I’m being honest with myself, I’m not getting what I need…

Escaping Writer’s Tunnel Vision

A few years ago, I wrote a book that was everything. It was brilliant and compelling, imaginative and fun, heart-wrenching and heartwarming. I just knew this book was going to get me everything authors want and expect for their creative work: a fawning agent, a lucrative publishing deal, credibility as a bona fide children’s author,…

The On-Fire/Burnout Cycle of a Writer

Summer is my hyperactive period for creative productivity. The sun and warmth fuel me, like I’m bathing in endorphins that my body synthesizes into pure motivation. This energy rush spurred me to take on multiple writing projects this past season, most of which I’ve completed or am in the process of wrapping up. I’m proud…