[When I started drafting this post, I switched from my regular writing station on Pandora to my Christmas station, and the first song it played was the one with my heroine’s name. The Latin version of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” sings Gaudé, which is Gaudiloquence’s nickname. I take this as an excellent sign.] … Continue reading How Do You Know?
At the PNWA conference this summer, I attended a presentation called "What to Expect When You're Publishing." I asked the presenter a question that's been gnawing at me for years... How do you know? We're told that you should only start querying agents when your novel is as good as it can possibly get. But we're … Continue reading Going Forward
I knew I'd go back to the PNWA conference again this year. I didn't have an agent, so I needed to pitch my book again. I wanted to make new friends and reconnect with the ones I'd made last time. I missed the electricity of three wonderful days in the company of hundreds of fellow word nerds.And … Continue reading PNWA 2016
In 2010 I had lots of grownup firsts: moved out of my mom's house, got my first full-time job, and fully supported myself. It felt good and necessary, and I'm glad I had the experience. I did data entry job for a company that sold carpets and window treatments. Not thrilling, but I'm great at … Continue reading Summer ILC Week, 10 and beyond: My last quarter at Evergreen
I checked out a dozen Middle Grade books from the library this past week, and it felt utterly delicious. I can't believe this qualifies and business research. And I'm right in the middle of Storm of Swords as well, so switching over from that was quite a shock. "I can read an entire book in … Continue reading Summer ILC, Week 6: Read All the Things!
This summer for Camp NaNoWriMo, I was finishing up my revision from last quarter. My word count was about 38,000 and I wanted it to end up at 50,000, so I made 12,000 my goal. With four days left and 8,122 words left to write, I...may not make it. And that's OK. Either way, I'm … Continue reading Summer ILC, Week 5: Camp NaNoWriMo, Pinterest, and the Pirate Tree
What an adventure! I knew that at PNWA I would learn about the industry and make some professional networking connections. What I didn't know was how much FUN I was going to have! Anything where a bunch of people who are all geeks about the same thing get together specifically to geek out about that … Continue reading Summer ILC, Week 4: PNWA Conference