The Writer Diaries

Dear Diary: March Pre-Pub Adventure Check In Part 2

Dear Diary: March Pre-Pub Adventure Check In Part 2 If you didn't catch Part 1 of this months Pre-Pub Adventure no worries, check it out here. Today we have authors Andrea Hannah , Mindee Arnett, Lauryn April, Vicki Leigh, Jen Naumannn, Kelsey Macke, Victoria Aveyard , Leigh Ann Kopans checking in with us on where their adventure is this month! Andrea Hannah March has been full of endings and new beginnings on my adventure into authordom (not a word, you can change this if you're not cool with made-up words :)). This month, I took a quick break from thinking about all things OF SCARS AND STARDUST and reminded myself…
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Tuesday Topic: Online and Media Savvy

It has been a crazy, weird week in the literature world. Whether you are a published author or one seeking representation, social media and online presence is a part of the gig. But sometimes, it can be tricky to navigate your personal values and opinions and how those might be taken or misconstrued in public. In light of both the Grisham interview and the Kathleen Hale incident, it seems even more important as an author to choose what and who you support with caution. As individuals, we have opinions and a voice. In addition, by nature, we writers have a lot of feels about things and try to articulate those.…
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Tuesday Topic: Branding

In early 2013, we at The Writer Diaries first discussed what it meant to "brand" yourself as an author. This week, we wanted to re-discuss the topic with our new group of bloggers! So, ladies, how important do you feel it is to brand yourself as an author? Ex: Most of the time, the name "Stephen King" is followed by "great horror author." Do you think it's an issue authors should be worrying about? If you do brand yourself, what steps do you take? Do you plan to use a pseudonym if you write outside your age group/genre? How about those authors who cross age groups using the same name…
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Song for a Scene

As I have posted before, I am not a big writer to music. I don't listen to it while I write, much preferring silence or background general noise. Music is far too distracting. I don't usually use it to get in a 'zone'. However, I have been starting to that more. Rather than songs just sparking off ideas with their lyrics, I am starting to use music before I write to evoke a mood or feeling. I have therefore been looking up songs with a particular theme. I have an idea for a WIP - still an idea, so nothing formed - which involves obsessive sort of love, perhaps bordering…
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Pre-Pub Adventure: October Part 1

It's October! And that means all the pumpkin spice, witches and ghouls come out to play and another Pre-Pub check in!Our fabulous authors checking in today on their adventure in the publishing world are: Jodi Meadows, Michelle Smith, Francesca Zappia, Kelsey Macke, and Maggie HallI'm still working on the Orphan Queen novellas. I have other novels I would like to be working on as well, but contracted work comes first! I'm definitely excited to share the first novella cover. I think everyone is going to like it.PLAY ON recently went up for pre-order, which may or may not have made me squeal. (Hint: it totally did.) I also just reviewed…
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Dear Diary: Guest Post by Kelsey Macke

You've always had a soft spot for "the night before." Christmas eve, the day before your birthday, the last sleep before a new school year. And here you are on DAMSEL DISTRESSED eve. Tomorrow, your book will be out in the world. You'll no longer be able to protect it, defend it, change it, or call it solely your own. And that's okay. You wrote it so that you could give it away, I know. But it's also a little strange. This feeling of wonder can't stay. Eventually, this excitement and nervousness will fade. It will be replaced with new projects, new fears, and new moments of joy. Maybe that's…
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Dear Diary: Working from the Mirror Moment

The middle. There's more to it than just Malcolm. It's what many writers fear because it's the point where your story changes. Often referred to as the "saggy middle" or the "floppy middle", it's the bane of writers everywhere. So when I tell you this middle you may be so scared of is WHERE you should start? That sounds crazy town. But it's not. And here's why. I recently (like yesterday) read a book on craft called Writing Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell. And what he proposes is that smack dab in the middle of every great book or movie is something called The Mirror Moment.…
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TWD Interview with SK Anthony!

Happy Thursday everyone! I recently had the privilege of interviewing one of our new members, SK Anthony! 1. What do you write? I write mainly adult/New Adult and in different genres. So far Ive concentrated on urban fantasy, contemporary, and light sci-fi, but Ive found myself flirting with YA recently. Well see though, not sure Im ready for it...or rather, not sure I have the time. And eventually...very far in the futurewhen I have the nervesI hope an MG series will be in the works. 2. Why do you write? I love the power of words. The escape it provides both the writer and the reader. The fact that they…
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Meet Sue London!

I had the grand opportunity to interview and read a couple books by author, Sue London. I loved her books so much so here's a chance for you guys to get to know her and check out her fab writing as well. They are regency romances and I'm in love with the series! 1.Tell us a bit about you. The first thing is that I'm the sort of person who tharns at this question. So many options. What should I say? What do they really want to know? In live conversation about now I realize that the silence has gotten awkward and blurt out something doofy like "I love cheese."…
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Dear Diary: Vicki’s R&R Adventure

Recently, I had a new experience in my writing career. After participating in July's Pitchmas, I had a few requests for material. When an editor for a small publishing company told me to send her sample pages, I was excited. The same day I got the request, I sent out the first three chapters, and within a week or two, I received an email back requesting my full manuscript. I kind of looked like this: It was my first request for a full ever, and I'm pretty sure everyone on my contact list got a text that just said, . I immediately hit reply to the editor's email, sending my…
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