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Write What You Know

Write what you know. It might be that you’ve read that somewhere before. To my mind, that phrase is easily in the top five “Writing Rules” that get trotted out whenever someone (usually a newer writer) asks about how they can improve their writing. I confess that this is the rule that I am most …

What the Romance Writers of America Situation Tells Us About Publishing

If you are a writer and are at all tuned in to the industry–or have a smart phone with a news feed–you can’t have missed that Romance Writers of America (RWA) and it’s dirty laundry have exploded in a dramatic and very public fashion. In brief, the RWA board sanctioned a well known board member …

Why Do I Do it?

Here we are: the final post of 2019! I’m not going to lie. 2019 has felt like a set-back year. In January, I had a novel that was out on submission. I had an agent, and I was hard at work on another book. I was “On my Way.” Of all of the things that …

Spooky & Speculative October

Otherwise known as Janet’s top reading picks for Fall. How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia in this space opera x fairy tale mashup? Yes, please. Labyrinth Academy: Trials If you’re a fan of Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series, Darynda Jones’ Darklight, or Chloe Neil’s Devil’s Isle trilogy, this is …

RWA 2019

As anyone in the romance field, or anyone glimpsing my social media feed over the last two months knows, July was the Romance Writers of America national convention in NYC. There are RWA chapters in (nearly) every state, and many hold three day conventions, with signings, panels on craft and marketing, and awards banquets. But …

Once More Unto the Breach?

Very soon, I will be returning to join an uncounted number of my colleagues in what we refer to as the “Query Trenches.” If you’re going to try to get your work traditionally published by one of the major publishers, this is a necessary step. To continue with the metaphor, on the other side of …