Preparing for public speaking

When I was a debut author, I was scared of a lot of things. (Okay, I’m still scared of a lot of things.) But one thought that really rattled me was public speaking, which, for a lot of us, is part of the job of being an author. Answering questions on panels. Saying anything with any level of authority. At least with written interviews and blog posts, I had the opportunity to revise my answers […]

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Learning to Forgive Yourself

Hi, Readers! I was recently at the anniversary party for 88 Cups of Tea, and I met a writer who told me how much my posts here mean to her. She noticed I hadn’t posted in a month, haha called out, and I asked her what she liked the most about my posts. She said, honesty. That really struck me and inspired me. So, here’s another honest one. You'd better learn to forgive yourself. Forgive yourself […]

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How To Fight Blocked Creativity

A few months ago, I really struggled to find motivation for my current work-in-progress, the third book in my contract with Penguin. I was traveling to promote my first book, thinking of ways to market my second, and experiencing the remnants of Debut Stress left over from last year. So I had a hard time feeling excited about my story, and honestly, there were days when writing 100 words felt like pulling teeth! Every now […]

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Working on multiple projects

One of the more difficult adjustments for newly published authors to make — and for established authors, too! — is the need to work on multiple projects at once.  There’s the book you’re promoting, the book you’re editing/proofreading, the book you’re drafting, the book you’re hoping to sell, and . . . sometimes more! (For me, there’s also the book I’m co-writing!) And if you’re published with multiple houses across multiple genres, it can get […]

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The Secret To Writing Emotionally Engaging Stories

Maybe you’ve heard people talk about how important it is that readers get emotionally invested in your book. I certainly talk about this all the time. But what does emotional investment mean? And while we’re at it: why is it important, and how the heck do you write it? What Is Emotional Investment? Simply put, when a reader is emotionally invested in a book it means that they care. It really is that simple. People […]

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