Do Word Counts Count? 2014 update

Last year, I compiled a post called Do Word Counts Count? which continues to be the single most viewed post on my blog. It's not a shock that authors are perplexed when it comes to the subject of word counts. There seems to be no single resource. No hard and fast rules. So in lieu of … Continue reading Do Word Counts Count? 2014 update

YA Indie Carnival: The Joys of Writing Indie

Just a few quick notes before we begin. 1) Charlaine Harris (yes, the Charlaine Harris) will be at the WV Book Festival tomorrow. See you there. 2) Stop by the Info Booth at the Bob Evans Farm Festival today from 1-5 to see me. Not a formal book signing, but I'll sign'em if you bring'em. 3) Just confirmed … Continue reading YA Indie Carnival: The Joys of Writing Indie

YA Indie Carnival: Importance of the Wolf Pack

At the circus, everyone looks forward to the big show. It takes many folks to pull it off; from the ring master right down to the guy who cleans the elephant stalls. Writing is like a circus. The end product, a novel, is the big show that keeps everyone entertained. It takes many folks to … Continue reading YA Indie Carnival: Importance of the Wolf Pack

YA Randomness: Off to College

I leaned in to wedge the dry erase board directly between my video gaming chair and the suitcase grandma gave me for graduation. All had to be readjusted before I could close the trunk. Maybe that's why I didn't hear Josie come up behind me. "Boo," she giggled. Messy blond strands fluttered across her red … Continue reading YA Randomness: Off to College