Recharging After Submission Rejection

Querying has been an odd mix of confidence-boosting and emotionally draining. In March, I pulled my manuscript out of the querying game to rework it based on agent feedback. It was an emotionally hard but necessary decision. The general consensus was they were intrigued by the setting and concept, but the pages didn’t draw them … Continue reading Recharging After Submission Rejection

Romance Genre Podcasts to Fall in Love With

Galentine's and Valentine's Day are coming up and romance has become one of my favorite genres. I love that it doesn't shy away from topics like consent, healthy/unhealthy relationships, and body and sex positivity.  And I love seeing non-male characters getting equal "page time" and having their feelings, experiences, desires, and pleasures explored and valued. … Continue reading Romance Genre Podcasts to Fall in Love With

A.H. Lewis: What Qualities to Look For In Good Editors, Beta Readers & Writers

Written by: A.H. Lewis & Desiree What qualifications should beta readers have to give writer’s the most helpful feedback on their work? What qualifications should writers look for in a good editor? What qualities does a writer need to bring to the table to forge strong, productive working relationships. Are they willing to properly compensate … Continue reading A.H. Lewis: What Qualities to Look For In Good Editors, Beta Readers & Writers

Alexandra S.: Editors & Beta Readers Beware, Difficult Writer Red Flags, Dealing With Harassment

By: Alexandra S. I started editing resumes and essays when I was in undergrad, which then gradually transitioned into beta reading and editing creative fiction. I’m not sure if Desiree sent me her work-in-progress novel first, or I sent her one of my fics, but I know we've been working together since 2015! I joined … Continue reading Alexandra S.: Editors & Beta Readers Beware, Difficult Writer Red Flags, Dealing With Harassment

Constructively Working With Writers When Final Draft is in Bad Shape

A large piece to being a good writer is being a good critical thinker, and that's a difficult skill to teach. If you are an editor or beta reader trying to help out a creative writing client whose final draft is in bad shape, or are a writer that's received negative feedback on your work, here … Continue reading Constructively Working With Writers When Final Draft is in Bad Shape

Guest Perspectives Series: Forging the Best Possible Working Relationships with Editors, Beta Readers & Writers

A.H. Lewis,  Alexandra S., and myself have all worked in the capacity as writers, editors and beta readers, for friends, for strangers and brushing acquaintances, and while doing so have encountered challenges tied to differing expectations about what each role does and standards for professionalism, common courtesy, and appropriate compensation. This series is meant to … Continue reading Guest Perspectives Series: Forging the Best Possible Working Relationships with Editors, Beta Readers & Writers

Book Update

So no new blog post this week, but book update: I submitted two more queries this week for my paranormal romance novel (mermaids). May submit a few more tomorrow. 📖 If you are wondering why so few, the answer is I just cranked out a complete first draft for a new fantasy romance novella (not mermaids). … Continue reading Book Update

Struggles of Creating a Great Title

Full disclosure: I am not a master of titles. In fact, it's often the last piece of the story-writing puzzle that I tackle. And not always successfully. Right now, I'm trying to come up with a title for a paranormal romance I wrote about mermaids, and the struggle to come up with something that hasn't … Continue reading Struggles of Creating a Great Title

Far Flung Friends’ Guide to Starting a Long Distance Book Club

Far away from your book loving friends? Are the book clubs at your local library and bookstore just not cutting it? It might be they're not reading the kinds of books you like, or they just can't fill the gaping hole in your heart from missing your long distance friends. Or, do you just want … Continue reading Far Flung Friends’ Guide to Starting a Long Distance Book Club

Fan Fiction: Love or Hate?

Guilty pleasure? Genuine love? Trash heap you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, not when there are "real" books to be read? Or original works to be written? Authors and readers alike have very strong, very mixed opinions with regards to fan fiction. There are those who hate it, no surprise there, but did you … Continue reading Fan Fiction: Love or Hate?