Dear Diary: The Desperate Dating Game of Self-Publishing

So its time to click publish on your Smashwords/Kindle/Nook account, officially flinging your book into the waiting hands of your soon-to-be-adoring fans. Youve planned your release with giveaways, guest appearances, and participation in upcoming author events. Youve done the hard work, and now its time to reap your reward with steadily climbing, if not skyrocketing, sales. Right?? Unfortunately, wrong. Self-publishing is like rejoining the dating game. You may have indeed put in all the hard work spending months getting yourself into perfect shape, buying a new wardrobe, and seeing a therapist (a.k.a editor) to deal with any lingering issues. Now, you look amazing, you feel confident, and youre ready to…
Read More

Dear Diary Guest Post: Ava Jae How to Cut Out Distractions

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to distraction. Whether it’s the never-ending Hulu queue, a “quick” scroll through Twitter/tumblr/Facebook/YouTube, a great book demanding my attention, or playing around with Spotify playlists, there is no shortage of distractions available to our disposal. In the midst of these distractions, finding the time to write can feel like a battle. Between work, family matters and all of those truly unavoidable time-sucks, it’s certainly understandable to want to take some breaks to truly relax. To watch a quick TV show, cuddle up with a book, or check your e-mail. And sometimes (dare I say many times?) those short breaks…
Read More

Song for a Scene – FALLING SLOWLY cover by Chester See & Savannah Outen

Before I even get into the song for my scene today, I want to give a shout out to the ORIGINAL creators of this song. Falling Slowly was originally done by The Swell Season (which consists of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) and was featured in the movie Once.because it is super awesome and I love it to death. Oh, and it won a Oscar for best original song, so it's pretty good And Candace Callihan (minus the sleeve tattoo): Music has and always will be a huge part of my life, but when I started writing Keep Your Eyes on Me, I never really planned on the characters connecting…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: Querying Goofs and Fudges

We're all human. We make mistakes. Who hasn't forgotten to add the agent name to your cut and paste query letter before hitting send. Or you might have forgotten to change Ms. to Mr. Oops, that was me. There's an I-feel-dumb moment. But have you every fudged a query letter on purpose to look better? Nothing truly evil, just a little razzle dazzle. Maybe you wanted to angle for a better genre. Such as putting speculative fiction because you can't decide on a whether you are horror or fantasy. Or put science fiction when clearly you wrote a dystopian that will get you shunned by agents. Dystopian is part of…
Read More

Dear Diary: My Inner Editor Rant

So this inner editor of mine . . . I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me . . . yeah . . . I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?) First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the…
Read More

Writer’s Review Giveaway: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Tawney and Michelle here today to talk about Sara B Larson's Ignite. If you read Defy, you know it ended in a OMG--she-did-not-just-do-that moment. When Ignite arrived we greedily seized it to read. Things intensify in this book! In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector's reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret…
Read More

How to prepare for the call: A guest post from Ava Jae

I am so excited to have my CP and good friend, Ava Jae, on the blog today! I've read a lot of her work, and it was all fantastic, so when she told me she'd signed with an agent, I squeed loud enough for the satellites to hear. Today, Ava's going to share with us her experience with THE CALL. How to prepare for it, what to expect, etc. It's that scary thing every writer has to do before they sign with an agent. So, without further ado, here's the amazing Ava Jae! And if you like what she has to say here, you really should check out her blog…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: How to Critique Others’ Writing

The other day i read a post talking about how someone asked this person to critique their manuscript. The person read it and sent back comments, and notes, and ideas here and there on how to improve it. Turned out that the person changed everything on their manuscript close to what the advice the other person gave them. Which the person who gave the comments didn't like at all, because they felt the work had turned more into what they thought would make a better story, rather than what the author had originally written. This got me thinking: When someone you talk to, or know, asks you to critique their…
Read More

Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels. So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because…
Read More

Song for a Scene – A Case of You

Hey friends! Angi here. Today's post is my favorite one we do, Song for a Scene. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I say a song can make a thousand scenes. They hold your memories, your moments, and your dreams. I love Joni Mitchell. I know not everyone does, but I do. And far and away my favorite album of hers is Blue. Every song on that record could be the only song on it, and I would still love it just as much. It is a true album in the sense that it captures a moment in time, a portrait detailing exactly what we need to know…
Read More

Dear Diary: The Desperate Dating Game of Self-Publishing

So its time to click publish on your Smashwords/Kindle/Nook account, officially flinging your book into the waiting hands of your soon-to-be-adoring fans. Youve planned your release with giveaways, guest appearances, and participation in upcoming author events. Youve done the hard work, and now its time to reap your reward with steadily climbing, if not skyrocketing, sales. Right?? Unfortunately, wrong. Self-publishing is like rejoining the dating game. You may have indeed put in all the hard work spending months getting yourself into perfect shape, buying a new wardrobe, and seeing a therapist (a.k.a editor) to deal with any lingering issues. Now, you look amazing, you feel confident, and youre ready to…
Read More

Dear Diary Guest Post: Ava Jae How to Cut Out Distractions

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to distraction. Whether it’s the never-ending Hulu queue, a “quick” scroll through Twitter/tumblr/Facebook/YouTube, a great book demanding my attention, or playing around with Spotify playlists, there is no shortage of distractions available to our disposal. In the midst of these distractions, finding the time to write can feel like a battle. Between work, family matters and all of those truly unavoidable time-sucks, it’s certainly understandable to want to take some breaks to truly relax. To watch a quick TV show, cuddle up with a book, or check your e-mail. And sometimes (dare I say many times?) those short breaks…
Read More

Song for a Scene – FALLING SLOWLY cover by Chester See & Savannah Outen

Before I even get into the song for my scene today, I want to give a shout out to the ORIGINAL creators of this song. Falling Slowly was originally done by The Swell Season (which consists of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) and was featured in the movie Once.because it is super awesome and I love it to death. Oh, and it won a Oscar for best original song, so it's pretty good And Candace Callihan (minus the sleeve tattoo): Music has and always will be a huge part of my life, but when I started writing Keep Your Eyes on Me, I never really planned on the characters connecting…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: Querying Goofs and Fudges

We're all human. We make mistakes. Who hasn't forgotten to add the agent name to your cut and paste query letter before hitting send. Or you might have forgotten to change Ms. to Mr. Oops, that was me. There's an I-feel-dumb moment. But have you every fudged a query letter on purpose to look better? Nothing truly evil, just a little razzle dazzle. Maybe you wanted to angle for a better genre. Such as putting speculative fiction because you can't decide on a whether you are horror or fantasy. Or put science fiction when clearly you wrote a dystopian that will get you shunned by agents. Dystopian is part of…
Read More

Dear Diary: My Inner Editor Rant

So this inner editor of mine . . . I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me . . . yeah . . . I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?) First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the…
Read More

Writer’s Review Giveaway: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Tawney and Michelle here today to talk about Sara B Larson's Ignite. If you read Defy, you know it ended in a OMG--she-did-not-just-do-that moment. When Ignite arrived we greedily seized it to read. Things intensify in this book! In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector's reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret…
Read More

How to prepare for the call: A guest post from Ava Jae

I am so excited to have my CP and good friend, Ava Jae, on the blog today! I've read a lot of her work, and it was all fantastic, so when she told me she'd signed with an agent, I squeed loud enough for the satellites to hear. Today, Ava's going to share with us her experience with THE CALL. How to prepare for it, what to expect, etc. It's that scary thing every writer has to do before they sign with an agent. So, without further ado, here's the amazing Ava Jae! And if you like what she has to say here, you really should check out her blog…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: How to Critique Others’ Writing

The other day i read a post talking about how someone asked this person to critique their manuscript. The person read it and sent back comments, and notes, and ideas here and there on how to improve it. Turned out that the person changed everything on their manuscript close to what the advice the other person gave them. Which the person who gave the comments didn't like at all, because they felt the work had turned more into what they thought would make a better story, rather than what the author had originally written. This got me thinking: When someone you talk to, or know, asks you to critique their…
Read More

Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels. So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because…
Read More

Song for a Scene – A Case of You

Hey friends! Angi here. Today's post is my favorite one we do, Song for a Scene. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I say a song can make a thousand scenes. They hold your memories, your moments, and your dreams. I love Joni Mitchell. I know not everyone does, but I do. And far and away my favorite album of hers is Blue. Every song on that record could be the only song on it, and I would still love it just as much. It is a true album in the sense that it captures a moment in time, a portrait detailing exactly what we need to know…
Read More

Dear Diary: The Desperate Dating Game of Self-Publishing

So its time to click publish on your Smashwords/Kindle/Nook account, officially flinging your book into the waiting hands of your soon-to-be-adoring fans. Youve planned your release with giveaways, guest appearances, and participation in upcoming author events. Youve done the hard work, and now its time to reap your reward with steadily climbing, if not skyrocketing, sales. Right?? Unfortunately, wrong. Self-publishing is like rejoining the dating game. You may have indeed put in all the hard work spending months getting yourself into perfect shape, buying a new wardrobe, and seeing a therapist (a.k.a editor) to deal with any lingering issues. Now, you look amazing, you feel confident, and youre ready to…
Read More

Dear Diary Guest Post: Ava Jae How to Cut Out Distractions

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to distraction. Whether it’s the never-ending Hulu queue, a “quick” scroll through Twitter/tumblr/Facebook/YouTube, a great book demanding my attention, or playing around with Spotify playlists, there is no shortage of distractions available to our disposal. In the midst of these distractions, finding the time to write can feel like a battle. Between work, family matters and all of those truly unavoidable time-sucks, it’s certainly understandable to want to take some breaks to truly relax. To watch a quick TV show, cuddle up with a book, or check your e-mail. And sometimes (dare I say many times?) those short breaks…
Read More

Song for a Scene – FALLING SLOWLY cover by Chester See & Savannah Outen

Before I even get into the song for my scene today, I want to give a shout out to the ORIGINAL creators of this song. Falling Slowly was originally done by The Swell Season (which consists of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) and was featured in the movie Once.because it is super awesome and I love it to death. Oh, and it won a Oscar for best original song, so it's pretty good And Candace Callihan (minus the sleeve tattoo): Music has and always will be a huge part of my life, but when I started writing Keep Your Eyes on Me, I never really planned on the characters connecting…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: Querying Goofs and Fudges

We're all human. We make mistakes. Who hasn't forgotten to add the agent name to your cut and paste query letter before hitting send. Or you might have forgotten to change Ms. to Mr. Oops, that was me. There's an I-feel-dumb moment. But have you every fudged a query letter on purpose to look better? Nothing truly evil, just a little razzle dazzle. Maybe you wanted to angle for a better genre. Such as putting speculative fiction because you can't decide on a whether you are horror or fantasy. Or put science fiction when clearly you wrote a dystopian that will get you shunned by agents. Dystopian is part of…
Read More

Dear Diary: My Inner Editor Rant

So this inner editor of mine . . . I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me . . . yeah . . . I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?) First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the…
Read More

Writer’s Review Giveaway: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Tawney and Michelle here today to talk about Sara B Larson's Ignite. If you read Defy, you know it ended in a OMG--she-did-not-just-do-that moment. When Ignite arrived we greedily seized it to read. Things intensify in this book! In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector's reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret…
Read More

How to prepare for the call: A guest post from Ava Jae

I am so excited to have my CP and good friend, Ava Jae, on the blog today! I've read a lot of her work, and it was all fantastic, so when she told me she'd signed with an agent, I squeed loud enough for the satellites to hear. Today, Ava's going to share with us her experience with THE CALL. How to prepare for it, what to expect, etc. It's that scary thing every writer has to do before they sign with an agent. So, without further ado, here's the amazing Ava Jae! And if you like what she has to say here, you really should check out her blog…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: How to Critique Others’ Writing

The other day i read a post talking about how someone asked this person to critique their manuscript. The person read it and sent back comments, and notes, and ideas here and there on how to improve it. Turned out that the person changed everything on their manuscript close to what the advice the other person gave them. Which the person who gave the comments didn't like at all, because they felt the work had turned more into what they thought would make a better story, rather than what the author had originally written. This got me thinking: When someone you talk to, or know, asks you to critique their…
Read More

Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels. So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because…
Read More

Song for a Scene – A Case of You

Hey friends! Angi here. Today's post is my favorite one we do, Song for a Scene. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I say a song can make a thousand scenes. They hold your memories, your moments, and your dreams. I love Joni Mitchell. I know not everyone does, but I do. And far and away my favorite album of hers is Blue. Every song on that record could be the only song on it, and I would still love it just as much. It is a true album in the sense that it captures a moment in time, a portrait detailing exactly what we need to know…
Read More

Dear Diary: The Desperate Dating Game of Self-Publishing

So its time to click publish on your Smashwords/Kindle/Nook account, officially flinging your book into the waiting hands of your soon-to-be-adoring fans. Youve planned your release with giveaways, guest appearances, and participation in upcoming author events. Youve done the hard work, and now its time to reap your reward with steadily climbing, if not skyrocketing, sales. Right?? Unfortunately, wrong. Self-publishing is like rejoining the dating game. You may have indeed put in all the hard work spending months getting yourself into perfect shape, buying a new wardrobe, and seeing a therapist (a.k.a editor) to deal with any lingering issues. Now, you look amazing, you feel confident, and youre ready to…
Read More

Dear Diary Guest Post: Ava Jae How to Cut Out Distractions

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to distraction. Whether it’s the never-ending Hulu queue, a “quick” scroll through Twitter/tumblr/Facebook/YouTube, a great book demanding my attention, or playing around with Spotify playlists, there is no shortage of distractions available to our disposal. In the midst of these distractions, finding the time to write can feel like a battle. Between work, family matters and all of those truly unavoidable time-sucks, it’s certainly understandable to want to take some breaks to truly relax. To watch a quick TV show, cuddle up with a book, or check your e-mail. And sometimes (dare I say many times?) those short breaks…
Read More

Song for a Scene – FALLING SLOWLY cover by Chester See & Savannah Outen

Before I even get into the song for my scene today, I want to give a shout out to the ORIGINAL creators of this song. Falling Slowly was originally done by The Swell Season (which consists of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) and was featured in the movie Once.because it is super awesome and I love it to death. Oh, and it won a Oscar for best original song, so it's pretty good And Candace Callihan (minus the sleeve tattoo): Music has and always will be a huge part of my life, but when I started writing Keep Your Eyes on Me, I never really planned on the characters connecting…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: Querying Goofs and Fudges

We're all human. We make mistakes. Who hasn't forgotten to add the agent name to your cut and paste query letter before hitting send. Or you might have forgotten to change Ms. to Mr. Oops, that was me. There's an I-feel-dumb moment. But have you every fudged a query letter on purpose to look better? Nothing truly evil, just a little razzle dazzle. Maybe you wanted to angle for a better genre. Such as putting speculative fiction because you can't decide on a whether you are horror or fantasy. Or put science fiction when clearly you wrote a dystopian that will get you shunned by agents. Dystopian is part of…
Read More

Dear Diary: My Inner Editor Rant

So this inner editor of mine . . . I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me . . . yeah . . . I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?) First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the…
Read More

Writer’s Review Giveaway: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Tawney and Michelle here today to talk about Sara B Larson's Ignite. If you read Defy, you know it ended in a OMG--she-did-not-just-do-that moment. When Ignite arrived we greedily seized it to read. Things intensify in this book! In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector's reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret…
Read More

How to prepare for the call: A guest post from Ava Jae

I am so excited to have my CP and good friend, Ava Jae, on the blog today! I've read a lot of her work, and it was all fantastic, so when she told me she'd signed with an agent, I squeed loud enough for the satellites to hear. Today, Ava's going to share with us her experience with THE CALL. How to prepare for it, what to expect, etc. It's that scary thing every writer has to do before they sign with an agent. So, without further ado, here's the amazing Ava Jae! And if you like what she has to say here, you really should check out her blog…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: How to Critique Others’ Writing

The other day i read a post talking about how someone asked this person to critique their manuscript. The person read it and sent back comments, and notes, and ideas here and there on how to improve it. Turned out that the person changed everything on their manuscript close to what the advice the other person gave them. Which the person who gave the comments didn't like at all, because they felt the work had turned more into what they thought would make a better story, rather than what the author had originally written. This got me thinking: When someone you talk to, or know, asks you to critique their…
Read More

Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels. So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because…
Read More

Song for a Scene – A Case of You

Hey friends! Angi here. Today's post is my favorite one we do, Song for a Scene. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I say a song can make a thousand scenes. They hold your memories, your moments, and your dreams. I love Joni Mitchell. I know not everyone does, but I do. And far and away my favorite album of hers is Blue. Every song on that record could be the only song on it, and I would still love it just as much. It is a true album in the sense that it captures a moment in time, a portrait detailing exactly what we need to know…
Read More

Dear Diary: The Desperate Dating Game of Self-Publishing

So its time to click publish on your Smashwords/Kindle/Nook account, officially flinging your book into the waiting hands of your soon-to-be-adoring fans. Youve planned your release with giveaways, guest appearances, and participation in upcoming author events. Youve done the hard work, and now its time to reap your reward with steadily climbing, if not skyrocketing, sales. Right?? Unfortunately, wrong. Self-publishing is like rejoining the dating game. You may have indeed put in all the hard work spending months getting yourself into perfect shape, buying a new wardrobe, and seeing a therapist (a.k.a editor) to deal with any lingering issues. Now, you look amazing, you feel confident, and youre ready to…
Read More

Dear Diary Guest Post: Ava Jae How to Cut Out Distractions

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to distraction. Whether it’s the never-ending Hulu queue, a “quick” scroll through Twitter/tumblr/Facebook/YouTube, a great book demanding my attention, or playing around with Spotify playlists, there is no shortage of distractions available to our disposal. In the midst of these distractions, finding the time to write can feel like a battle. Between work, family matters and all of those truly unavoidable time-sucks, it’s certainly understandable to want to take some breaks to truly relax. To watch a quick TV show, cuddle up with a book, or check your e-mail. And sometimes (dare I say many times?) those short breaks…
Read More

Song for a Scene – FALLING SLOWLY cover by Chester See & Savannah Outen

Before I even get into the song for my scene today, I want to give a shout out to the ORIGINAL creators of this song. Falling Slowly was originally done by The Swell Season (which consists of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) and was featured in the movie Once.because it is super awesome and I love it to death. Oh, and it won a Oscar for best original song, so it's pretty good And Candace Callihan (minus the sleeve tattoo): Music has and always will be a huge part of my life, but when I started writing Keep Your Eyes on Me, I never really planned on the characters connecting…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: Querying Goofs and Fudges

We're all human. We make mistakes. Who hasn't forgotten to add the agent name to your cut and paste query letter before hitting send. Or you might have forgotten to change Ms. to Mr. Oops, that was me. There's an I-feel-dumb moment. But have you every fudged a query letter on purpose to look better? Nothing truly evil, just a little razzle dazzle. Maybe you wanted to angle for a better genre. Such as putting speculative fiction because you can't decide on a whether you are horror or fantasy. Or put science fiction when clearly you wrote a dystopian that will get you shunned by agents. Dystopian is part of…
Read More

Dear Diary: My Inner Editor Rant

So this inner editor of mine . . . I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me . . . yeah . . . I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?) First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the…
Read More

Writer’s Review Giveaway: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Tawney and Michelle here today to talk about Sara B Larson's Ignite. If you read Defy, you know it ended in a OMG--she-did-not-just-do-that moment. When Ignite arrived we greedily seized it to read. Things intensify in this book! In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector's reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret…
Read More

How to prepare for the call: A guest post from Ava Jae

I am so excited to have my CP and good friend, Ava Jae, on the blog today! I've read a lot of her work, and it was all fantastic, so when she told me she'd signed with an agent, I squeed loud enough for the satellites to hear. Today, Ava's going to share with us her experience with THE CALL. How to prepare for it, what to expect, etc. It's that scary thing every writer has to do before they sign with an agent. So, without further ado, here's the amazing Ava Jae! And if you like what she has to say here, you really should check out her blog…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: How to Critique Others’ Writing

The other day i read a post talking about how someone asked this person to critique their manuscript. The person read it and sent back comments, and notes, and ideas here and there on how to improve it. Turned out that the person changed everything on their manuscript close to what the advice the other person gave them. Which the person who gave the comments didn't like at all, because they felt the work had turned more into what they thought would make a better story, rather than what the author had originally written. This got me thinking: When someone you talk to, or know, asks you to critique their…
Read More

Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels. So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because…
Read More

Song for a Scene – A Case of You

Hey friends! Angi here. Today's post is my favorite one we do, Song for a Scene. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I say a song can make a thousand scenes. They hold your memories, your moments, and your dreams. I love Joni Mitchell. I know not everyone does, but I do. And far and away my favorite album of hers is Blue. Every song on that record could be the only song on it, and I would still love it just as much. It is a true album in the sense that it captures a moment in time, a portrait detailing exactly what we need to know…
Read More

Dear Diary: The Desperate Dating Game of Self-Publishing

So its time to click publish on your Smashwords/Kindle/Nook account, officially flinging your book into the waiting hands of your soon-to-be-adoring fans. Youve planned your release with giveaways, guest appearances, and participation in upcoming author events. Youve done the hard work, and now its time to reap your reward with steadily climbing, if not skyrocketing, sales. Right?? Unfortunately, wrong. Self-publishing is like rejoining the dating game. You may have indeed put in all the hard work spending months getting yourself into perfect shape, buying a new wardrobe, and seeing a therapist (a.k.a editor) to deal with any lingering issues. Now, you look amazing, you feel confident, and youre ready to…
Read More

Dear Diary Guest Post: Ava Jae How to Cut Out Distractions

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to distraction. Whether it’s the never-ending Hulu queue, a “quick” scroll through Twitter/tumblr/Facebook/YouTube, a great book demanding my attention, or playing around with Spotify playlists, there is no shortage of distractions available to our disposal. In the midst of these distractions, finding the time to write can feel like a battle. Between work, family matters and all of those truly unavoidable time-sucks, it’s certainly understandable to want to take some breaks to truly relax. To watch a quick TV show, cuddle up with a book, or check your e-mail. And sometimes (dare I say many times?) those short breaks…
Read More

Song for a Scene – FALLING SLOWLY cover by Chester See & Savannah Outen

Before I even get into the song for my scene today, I want to give a shout out to the ORIGINAL creators of this song. Falling Slowly was originally done by The Swell Season (which consists of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) and was featured in the movie Once.because it is super awesome and I love it to death. Oh, and it won a Oscar for best original song, so it's pretty good And Candace Callihan (minus the sleeve tattoo): Music has and always will be a huge part of my life, but when I started writing Keep Your Eyes on Me, I never really planned on the characters connecting…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: Querying Goofs and Fudges

We're all human. We make mistakes. Who hasn't forgotten to add the agent name to your cut and paste query letter before hitting send. Or you might have forgotten to change Ms. to Mr. Oops, that was me. There's an I-feel-dumb moment. But have you every fudged a query letter on purpose to look better? Nothing truly evil, just a little razzle dazzle. Maybe you wanted to angle for a better genre. Such as putting speculative fiction because you can't decide on a whether you are horror or fantasy. Or put science fiction when clearly you wrote a dystopian that will get you shunned by agents. Dystopian is part of…
Read More

Dear Diary: My Inner Editor Rant

So this inner editor of mine . . . I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me . . . yeah . . . I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?) First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the…
Read More

Writer’s Review Giveaway: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Tawney and Michelle here today to talk about Sara B Larson's Ignite. If you read Defy, you know it ended in a OMG--she-did-not-just-do-that moment. When Ignite arrived we greedily seized it to read. Things intensify in this book! In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector's reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret…
Read More

How to prepare for the call: A guest post from Ava Jae

I am so excited to have my CP and good friend, Ava Jae, on the blog today! I've read a lot of her work, and it was all fantastic, so when she told me she'd signed with an agent, I squeed loud enough for the satellites to hear. Today, Ava's going to share with us her experience with THE CALL. How to prepare for it, what to expect, etc. It's that scary thing every writer has to do before they sign with an agent. So, without further ado, here's the amazing Ava Jae! And if you like what she has to say here, you really should check out her blog…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: How to Critique Others’ Writing

The other day i read a post talking about how someone asked this person to critique their manuscript. The person read it and sent back comments, and notes, and ideas here and there on how to improve it. Turned out that the person changed everything on their manuscript close to what the advice the other person gave them. Which the person who gave the comments didn't like at all, because they felt the work had turned more into what they thought would make a better story, rather than what the author had originally written. This got me thinking: When someone you talk to, or know, asks you to critique their…
Read More

Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels. So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because…
Read More

Song for a Scene – A Case of You

Hey friends! Angi here. Today's post is my favorite one we do, Song for a Scene. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I say a song can make a thousand scenes. They hold your memories, your moments, and your dreams. I love Joni Mitchell. I know not everyone does, but I do. And far and away my favorite album of hers is Blue. Every song on that record could be the only song on it, and I would still love it just as much. It is a true album in the sense that it captures a moment in time, a portrait detailing exactly what we need to know…
Read More

Dear Diary: The Desperate Dating Game of Self-Publishing

So its time to click publish on your Smashwords/Kindle/Nook account, officially flinging your book into the waiting hands of your soon-to-be-adoring fans. Youve planned your release with giveaways, guest appearances, and participation in upcoming author events. Youve done the hard work, and now its time to reap your reward with steadily climbing, if not skyrocketing, sales. Right?? Unfortunately, wrong. Self-publishing is like rejoining the dating game. You may have indeed put in all the hard work spending months getting yourself into perfect shape, buying a new wardrobe, and seeing a therapist (a.k.a editor) to deal with any lingering issues. Now, you look amazing, you feel confident, and youre ready to…
Read More

Dear Diary Guest Post: Ava Jae How to Cut Out Distractions

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to distraction. Whether it’s the never-ending Hulu queue, a “quick” scroll through Twitter/tumblr/Facebook/YouTube, a great book demanding my attention, or playing around with Spotify playlists, there is no shortage of distractions available to our disposal. In the midst of these distractions, finding the time to write can feel like a battle. Between work, family matters and all of those truly unavoidable time-sucks, it’s certainly understandable to want to take some breaks to truly relax. To watch a quick TV show, cuddle up with a book, or check your e-mail. And sometimes (dare I say many times?) those short breaks…
Read More

Song for a Scene – FALLING SLOWLY cover by Chester See & Savannah Outen

Before I even get into the song for my scene today, I want to give a shout out to the ORIGINAL creators of this song. Falling Slowly was originally done by The Swell Season (which consists of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) and was featured in the movie Once.because it is super awesome and I love it to death. Oh, and it won a Oscar for best original song, so it's pretty good And Candace Callihan (minus the sleeve tattoo): Music has and always will be a huge part of my life, but when I started writing Keep Your Eyes on Me, I never really planned on the characters connecting…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: Querying Goofs and Fudges

We're all human. We make mistakes. Who hasn't forgotten to add the agent name to your cut and paste query letter before hitting send. Or you might have forgotten to change Ms. to Mr. Oops, that was me. There's an I-feel-dumb moment. But have you every fudged a query letter on purpose to look better? Nothing truly evil, just a little razzle dazzle. Maybe you wanted to angle for a better genre. Such as putting speculative fiction because you can't decide on a whether you are horror or fantasy. Or put science fiction when clearly you wrote a dystopian that will get you shunned by agents. Dystopian is part of…
Read More

Dear Diary: My Inner Editor Rant

So this inner editor of mine . . . I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me . . . yeah . . . I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?) First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the…
Read More

Writer’s Review Giveaway: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Tawney and Michelle here today to talk about Sara B Larson's Ignite. If you read Defy, you know it ended in a OMG--she-did-not-just-do-that moment. When Ignite arrived we greedily seized it to read. Things intensify in this book! In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector's reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret…
Read More

How to prepare for the call: A guest post from Ava Jae

I am so excited to have my CP and good friend, Ava Jae, on the blog today! I've read a lot of her work, and it was all fantastic, so when she told me she'd signed with an agent, I squeed loud enough for the satellites to hear. Today, Ava's going to share with us her experience with THE CALL. How to prepare for it, what to expect, etc. It's that scary thing every writer has to do before they sign with an agent. So, without further ado, here's the amazing Ava Jae! And if you like what she has to say here, you really should check out her blog…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: How to Critique Others’ Writing

The other day i read a post talking about how someone asked this person to critique their manuscript. The person read it and sent back comments, and notes, and ideas here and there on how to improve it. Turned out that the person changed everything on their manuscript close to what the advice the other person gave them. Which the person who gave the comments didn't like at all, because they felt the work had turned more into what they thought would make a better story, rather than what the author had originally written. This got me thinking: When someone you talk to, or know, asks you to critique their…
Read More

Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels. So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because…
Read More

Song for a Scene – A Case of You

Hey friends! Angi here. Today's post is my favorite one we do, Song for a Scene. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I say a song can make a thousand scenes. They hold your memories, your moments, and your dreams. I love Joni Mitchell. I know not everyone does, but I do. And far and away my favorite album of hers is Blue. Every song on that record could be the only song on it, and I would still love it just as much. It is a true album in the sense that it captures a moment in time, a portrait detailing exactly what we need to know…
Read More

Dear Diary: The Desperate Dating Game of Self-Publishing

So its time to click publish on your Smashwords/Kindle/Nook account, officially flinging your book into the waiting hands of your soon-to-be-adoring fans. Youve planned your release with giveaways, guest appearances, and participation in upcoming author events. Youve done the hard work, and now its time to reap your reward with steadily climbing, if not skyrocketing, sales. Right?? Unfortunately, wrong. Self-publishing is like rejoining the dating game. You may have indeed put in all the hard work spending months getting yourself into perfect shape, buying a new wardrobe, and seeing a therapist (a.k.a editor) to deal with any lingering issues. Now, you look amazing, you feel confident, and youre ready to…
Read More

Dear Diary Guest Post: Ava Jae How to Cut Out Distractions

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to distraction. Whether it’s the never-ending Hulu queue, a “quick” scroll through Twitter/tumblr/Facebook/YouTube, a great book demanding my attention, or playing around with Spotify playlists, there is no shortage of distractions available to our disposal. In the midst of these distractions, finding the time to write can feel like a battle. Between work, family matters and all of those truly unavoidable time-sucks, it’s certainly understandable to want to take some breaks to truly relax. To watch a quick TV show, cuddle up with a book, or check your e-mail. And sometimes (dare I say many times?) those short breaks…
Read More

Song for a Scene – FALLING SLOWLY cover by Chester See & Savannah Outen

Before I even get into the song for my scene today, I want to give a shout out to the ORIGINAL creators of this song. Falling Slowly was originally done by The Swell Season (which consists of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) and was featured in the movie Once.because it is super awesome and I love it to death. Oh, and it won a Oscar for best original song, so it's pretty good And Candace Callihan (minus the sleeve tattoo): Music has and always will be a huge part of my life, but when I started writing Keep Your Eyes on Me, I never really planned on the characters connecting…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: Querying Goofs and Fudges

We're all human. We make mistakes. Who hasn't forgotten to add the agent name to your cut and paste query letter before hitting send. Or you might have forgotten to change Ms. to Mr. Oops, that was me. There's an I-feel-dumb moment. But have you every fudged a query letter on purpose to look better? Nothing truly evil, just a little razzle dazzle. Maybe you wanted to angle for a better genre. Such as putting speculative fiction because you can't decide on a whether you are horror or fantasy. Or put science fiction when clearly you wrote a dystopian that will get you shunned by agents. Dystopian is part of…
Read More

Dear Diary: My Inner Editor Rant

So this inner editor of mine . . . I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me . . . yeah . . . I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?) First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the…
Read More

Writer’s Review Giveaway: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Tawney and Michelle here today to talk about Sara B Larson's Ignite. If you read Defy, you know it ended in a OMG--she-did-not-just-do-that moment. When Ignite arrived we greedily seized it to read. Things intensify in this book! In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector's reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret…
Read More

How to prepare for the call: A guest post from Ava Jae

I am so excited to have my CP and good friend, Ava Jae, on the blog today! I've read a lot of her work, and it was all fantastic, so when she told me she'd signed with an agent, I squeed loud enough for the satellites to hear. Today, Ava's going to share with us her experience with THE CALL. How to prepare for it, what to expect, etc. It's that scary thing every writer has to do before they sign with an agent. So, without further ado, here's the amazing Ava Jae! And if you like what she has to say here, you really should check out her blog…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: How to Critique Others’ Writing

The other day i read a post talking about how someone asked this person to critique their manuscript. The person read it and sent back comments, and notes, and ideas here and there on how to improve it. Turned out that the person changed everything on their manuscript close to what the advice the other person gave them. Which the person who gave the comments didn't like at all, because they felt the work had turned more into what they thought would make a better story, rather than what the author had originally written. This got me thinking: When someone you talk to, or know, asks you to critique their…
Read More

Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels. So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because…
Read More

Song for a Scene – A Case of You

Hey friends! Angi here. Today's post is my favorite one we do, Song for a Scene. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I say a song can make a thousand scenes. They hold your memories, your moments, and your dreams. I love Joni Mitchell. I know not everyone does, but I do. And far and away my favorite album of hers is Blue. Every song on that record could be the only song on it, and I would still love it just as much. It is a true album in the sense that it captures a moment in time, a portrait detailing exactly what we need to know…
Read More

Dear Diary: The Desperate Dating Game of Self-Publishing

So its time to click publish on your Smashwords/Kindle/Nook account, officially flinging your book into the waiting hands of your soon-to-be-adoring fans. Youve planned your release with giveaways, guest appearances, and participation in upcoming author events. Youve done the hard work, and now its time to reap your reward with steadily climbing, if not skyrocketing, sales. Right?? Unfortunately, wrong. Self-publishing is like rejoining the dating game. You may have indeed put in all the hard work spending months getting yourself into perfect shape, buying a new wardrobe, and seeing a therapist (a.k.a editor) to deal with any lingering issues. Now, you look amazing, you feel confident, and youre ready to…
Read More

Dear Diary Guest Post: Ava Jae How to Cut Out Distractions

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to distraction. Whether it’s the never-ending Hulu queue, a “quick” scroll through Twitter/tumblr/Facebook/YouTube, a great book demanding my attention, or playing around with Spotify playlists, there is no shortage of distractions available to our disposal. In the midst of these distractions, finding the time to write can feel like a battle. Between work, family matters and all of those truly unavoidable time-sucks, it’s certainly understandable to want to take some breaks to truly relax. To watch a quick TV show, cuddle up with a book, or check your e-mail. And sometimes (dare I say many times?) those short breaks…
Read More

Song for a Scene – FALLING SLOWLY cover by Chester See & Savannah Outen

Before I even get into the song for my scene today, I want to give a shout out to the ORIGINAL creators of this song. Falling Slowly was originally done by The Swell Season (which consists of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) and was featured in the movie Once.because it is super awesome and I love it to death. Oh, and it won a Oscar for best original song, so it's pretty good And Candace Callihan (minus the sleeve tattoo): Music has and always will be a huge part of my life, but when I started writing Keep Your Eyes on Me, I never really planned on the characters connecting…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: Querying Goofs and Fudges

We're all human. We make mistakes. Who hasn't forgotten to add the agent name to your cut and paste query letter before hitting send. Or you might have forgotten to change Ms. to Mr. Oops, that was me. There's an I-feel-dumb moment. But have you every fudged a query letter on purpose to look better? Nothing truly evil, just a little razzle dazzle. Maybe you wanted to angle for a better genre. Such as putting speculative fiction because you can't decide on a whether you are horror or fantasy. Or put science fiction when clearly you wrote a dystopian that will get you shunned by agents. Dystopian is part of…
Read More

Dear Diary: My Inner Editor Rant

So this inner editor of mine . . . I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me . . . yeah . . . I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?) First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the…
Read More

Writer’s Review Giveaway: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Tawney and Michelle here today to talk about Sara B Larson's Ignite. If you read Defy, you know it ended in a OMG--she-did-not-just-do-that moment. When Ignite arrived we greedily seized it to read. Things intensify in this book! In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector's reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret…
Read More

How to prepare for the call: A guest post from Ava Jae

I am so excited to have my CP and good friend, Ava Jae, on the blog today! I've read a lot of her work, and it was all fantastic, so when she told me she'd signed with an agent, I squeed loud enough for the satellites to hear. Today, Ava's going to share with us her experience with THE CALL. How to prepare for it, what to expect, etc. It's that scary thing every writer has to do before they sign with an agent. So, without further ado, here's the amazing Ava Jae! And if you like what she has to say here, you really should check out her blog…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: How to Critique Others’ Writing

The other day i read a post talking about how someone asked this person to critique their manuscript. The person read it and sent back comments, and notes, and ideas here and there on how to improve it. Turned out that the person changed everything on their manuscript close to what the advice the other person gave them. Which the person who gave the comments didn't like at all, because they felt the work had turned more into what they thought would make a better story, rather than what the author had originally written. This got me thinking: When someone you talk to, or know, asks you to critique their…
Read More

Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels. So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because…
Read More

Song for a Scene – A Case of You

Hey friends! Angi here. Today's post is my favorite one we do, Song for a Scene. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I say a song can make a thousand scenes. They hold your memories, your moments, and your dreams. I love Joni Mitchell. I know not everyone does, but I do. And far and away my favorite album of hers is Blue. Every song on that record could be the only song on it, and I would still love it just as much. It is a true album in the sense that it captures a moment in time, a portrait detailing exactly what we need to know…
Read More

Dear Diary: The Desperate Dating Game of Self-Publishing

So its time to click publish on your Smashwords/Kindle/Nook account, officially flinging your book into the waiting hands of your soon-to-be-adoring fans. Youve planned your release with giveaways, guest appearances, and participation in upcoming author events. Youve done the hard work, and now its time to reap your reward with steadily climbing, if not skyrocketing, sales. Right?? Unfortunately, wrong. Self-publishing is like rejoining the dating game. You may have indeed put in all the hard work spending months getting yourself into perfect shape, buying a new wardrobe, and seeing a therapist (a.k.a editor) to deal with any lingering issues. Now, you look amazing, you feel confident, and youre ready to…
Read More

Dear Diary Guest Post: Ava Jae How to Cut Out Distractions

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to distraction. Whether it’s the never-ending Hulu queue, a “quick” scroll through Twitter/tumblr/Facebook/YouTube, a great book demanding my attention, or playing around with Spotify playlists, there is no shortage of distractions available to our disposal. In the midst of these distractions, finding the time to write can feel like a battle. Between work, family matters and all of those truly unavoidable time-sucks, it’s certainly understandable to want to take some breaks to truly relax. To watch a quick TV show, cuddle up with a book, or check your e-mail. And sometimes (dare I say many times?) those short breaks…
Read More

Song for a Scene – FALLING SLOWLY cover by Chester See & Savannah Outen

Before I even get into the song for my scene today, I want to give a shout out to the ORIGINAL creators of this song. Falling Slowly was originally done by The Swell Season (which consists of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) and was featured in the movie Once.because it is super awesome and I love it to death. Oh, and it won a Oscar for best original song, so it's pretty good And Candace Callihan (minus the sleeve tattoo): Music has and always will be a huge part of my life, but when I started writing Keep Your Eyes on Me, I never really planned on the characters connecting…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: Querying Goofs and Fudges

We're all human. We make mistakes. Who hasn't forgotten to add the agent name to your cut and paste query letter before hitting send. Or you might have forgotten to change Ms. to Mr. Oops, that was me. There's an I-feel-dumb moment. But have you every fudged a query letter on purpose to look better? Nothing truly evil, just a little razzle dazzle. Maybe you wanted to angle for a better genre. Such as putting speculative fiction because you can't decide on a whether you are horror or fantasy. Or put science fiction when clearly you wrote a dystopian that will get you shunned by agents. Dystopian is part of…
Read More

Dear Diary: My Inner Editor Rant

So this inner editor of mine . . . I need help committing some kind of kidnapping or time capsule freeze on her. I was originally going to suggest we murder her, but I'll need her back in the future, so that wont' work. But somebody help me do something because she is annoying me. And by she, I mean me . . . yeah . . . I'm annoying myself. (In case you are wondering, it takes talent to do that.) (I think?) First of all, she wont shut up. Everything needs to be deleted. Everything needs to be re-written. And almost everything is stupid. But this is the…
Read More

Writer’s Review Giveaway: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Tawney and Michelle here today to talk about Sara B Larson's Ignite. If you read Defy, you know it ended in a OMG--she-did-not-just-do-that moment. When Ignite arrived we greedily seized it to read. Things intensify in this book! In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector's reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret…
Read More

How to prepare for the call: A guest post from Ava Jae

I am so excited to have my CP and good friend, Ava Jae, on the blog today! I've read a lot of her work, and it was all fantastic, so when she told me she'd signed with an agent, I squeed loud enough for the satellites to hear. Today, Ava's going to share with us her experience with THE CALL. How to prepare for it, what to expect, etc. It's that scary thing every writer has to do before they sign with an agent. So, without further ado, here's the amazing Ava Jae! And if you like what she has to say here, you really should check out her blog…
Read More

Tuesday Topic: How to Critique Others’ Writing

The other day i read a post talking about how someone asked this person to critique their manuscript. The person read it and sent back comments, and notes, and ideas here and there on how to improve it. Turned out that the person changed everything on their manuscript close to what the advice the other person gave them. Which the person who gave the comments didn't like at all, because they felt the work had turned more into what they thought would make a better story, rather than what the author had originally written. This got me thinking: When someone you talk to, or know, asks you to critique their…
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Song for a Scene: Help I’m Alive by Metric

HELP IM ALIVE by Metric is a song Ive loved for quite a while now. But, right now it feels extra special to me because it lines up well with my current WIP, A DIFFERENT KIND, which will be out hopefully this winter. (Note: the scenes below are from my first draft) In A DIFFERENT KIND head cheerleader and mean girl Payton Carlson is abducted by aliens. Its a YA SciFi Romance that looks at the ins and out of teens social circles and how one girl learns to break past the labels. So, if you havent heard this song before then what planet have you been living on? Because…
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Song for a Scene – A Case of You

Hey friends! Angi here. Today's post is my favorite one we do, Song for a Scene. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I say a song can make a thousand scenes. They hold your memories, your moments, and your dreams. I love Joni Mitchell. I know not everyone does, but I do. And far and away my favorite album of hers is Blue. Every song on that record could be the only song on it, and I would still love it just as much. It is a true album in the sense that it captures a moment in time, a portrait detailing exactly what we need to know…
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