Genre Research Before Querying

Reading, The Thieves of Traska, Writing

As mentioned in my previous post, 2018 is the year of focusing on getting The Thieves of Traska published. I drafted a skeleton copy of how my query letters might generally go a few weeks ago, leaving a little [fill in later] where I should reference titles in the same genre to compare my manuscript to. I was more […]

January 22, 2018

2018: The Year of Focus

Inspiration, Writing

In the awesome I Am A Writer Facebook group, Sarah Werner of the Write Now podcast asked, “Do any of you choose a ‘One Word’ of the year?” She chose the word focus, and I am unabashedly stealing it for my word of the year, too. The Thieves of Traska has been a work in […]

January 17, 2018

Killing the Darlings You Least Expect


It’s a well-known adage writers abide by: ‘kill your darlings.’ Find those self-indulgent bits of writing that make you feel good but don’t do anything for your story, and cut ’em out. The more we practice our craft, the better we get at recognizing and excising these darlings. Better, but not perfect. Since I started […]

December 27, 2017