What to expect when you’re . . . getting published

Many people liken writing a book to getting pregnant, which, unfortunately, is true on so many levels. The first initial spark is great, followed by the first dizzying weeks and months of writing the first draft. After the added pains of revising and rewriting,...

Flashy fiction

Well, I got bored tonight, and as it often happens when I’m bored, I turned to the Internet to entertain me. This night it was Twitter that saved the evening with a fun little exercise in very, very flash fiction. In essence, we told stories using 140 characters...

Finished (sort of)

Well, I finished the first draft of Jessamine in three and a half weeks. Woo. I had planned a big blog post about how I’d done it, yada yada yada. But I’m so tired after being sick this week, it’s all I can do to write. I ended at 48,000 words, which...

Worlds collide

In our new-fangled, sparkly world of instant communication, lines tend to blur. I’m starting to notice that blurring in my own life as I participate in several forms of social networking. During the daytime, I’m a nonfiction book editor. I like my job;...

Lessons from the slush pile

As most of you know, I’m a nonfiction editor, but I also write YA novels in the off hours. This gives me an interesting perspective on the publishing world. One of the most interesting aspects is that I frequently go through the slush pile at work, handling the...