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
Every second Wednesday of the month, indie writers band together to post a little inspiration for the journey. As I think of my indie life recently, one word comes immediately to mind...passion. Not as in the *blush* New Adult genre that is so quickly gaining popularity, and not as in passion for the writing process … Continue reading Indie Life: Passion in Fandom
This week the YA Author Club talks about social media. I had to include the graphic above. I ran across this a year ago and keep a copy by my desk. It makes me smile. I'm lucky to have a couple of friends that are social ninjas. I can go to them from time to … Continue reading Social Media: What works for you?
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
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
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