Looking ahead to AFTER NaNoWriMo

Woohoo, everyone, it’s NaNoWriMo! Or National Novel Writing Month, to the uninitiated. And it’s day 2, so you’ll have written at least 3,400 words by the end of the day, of course. No? You’re feeling like this? Don’t let it get you down....

Writing mystery, suspense, or thriller?

    Is writing overwhelming you? Querying driving you mad? Is the lingering summer heat making you want to flip a table?   Well, here’s something to cheer you up: If you’ve written a mystery, thriller, or suspense novel that hasn’t yet been...

So you’re ready to query…

As my inbox overflows with queries, I wonder if some folks are hitting send a little too quickly. So I’m sharing some advice for the queries that haven’t yet been sent. After all, the goal is to find the person who’ll champion you and your work for...

Conference-A-Go-Go

April and May find me–and many of us–in a time of big changes, lots of travel, and strategizing for the future. I’ve just come off 3 weekends in a row at writers’ conferences. Each one has its own vibe and focus. Some have tons of workshops,...

That First Page

Every time you send a query, you hope that the agent or editor is going to read your first page–and the next one and the next one. To help writers with this, many conferences do a first page workshop. Some structure it like a Gong Show/American Idol kind of...