The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones Release Date: January 12, 2016 St. Martin’s Press Target Audience: Adult I am new to the Charley Davidson Series, but the positive reviews certainly piqued my interest. When I was offered an ARC of The Dirt on Ninth Grave by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author … More ARC Review: The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
If you’re an unpublished writer and you’re not on Twitter, open an account immediately! Twitter is an incredible resource for connecting writers with other writers, agents, editors, and potential fans — and for learning about writing contests, industry tips, professional etiquette, and giveaways. Once you’re on Twitter, make yourself familiar with the plethora of author … More Twitter, a Writer’s BFF
The Good Sister by Jamie Kain St. Martin’s Griffin Publication date: available in paperback December 8, 2015 Target Audience: ages 13 and up (Young Adult) Full Disclosure: I received a copy from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. . I love a book that begins with a mystery. The Good Sister lets … More YA Book Review: The Good Sister by Jamie Kain
Smart articles you should read if you’re a writer looking to get published: The Reverse Outline by Deborah Kevin This article in the Little Patuxent Review, a journal of literature and the arts, discusses a technique called the reverse outline. Grab a novel (or your completed draft) and get ready to learn! The Art of … More Enrich your Craft — Stay in the Know
There is often much talk — for good reason — about the opening lines in novels. After all, a good first line can hook a reader and immediately pull them into your story. The writer’s job, of course, is to keep the story interesting, so the reader stays invested long after the first page. Beyond … More What to Say in the End — Last Lines can Speak Volumes
**Update: I was not selected as a mentee this year…competition was fierce… but I learned so much! The mentors gave me great feedback/suggestions and it was a worthwhile contest to enter.** A few weeks ago I posted about upcoming writing contests. Since then, I decided to dive right in and take my own advice by … More My Pitch Wars Journey — so far!
Organization — it can be a woeful topic for writers, but when we get it right (meaning right for each of us in a personal way) it can be a beautiful thing — and spark a lot of creativity. There are two types of organization on my writing mind today: 1) Writing Space (my desk): … More Writing Spaces & Mapping Ideas