Announcing The Rational Writer: A to Z

Announcing  The Rational Writer: A to Z

When I was a camp counselor, the word “announcements” was an invitation to the campers to start singing a thoroughly obnoxious song, drowning out any important information that was about to be shared.  I think I can trust all of you to let me say:  The Rational Writer: A to Z is in stores today! Last year, I published The Rational Writer: Nuts and Bolts, a book that included legal forms and spreadsheets, all appropriate for...

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A Lovely Day in Richmond

A Lovely Day in Richmond

Months and months and months ago, I received a lovely invitation from the Virginia Romance Writers chapter of RWA, asking me to speak at their monthly meeting. I made sure I had no conflicts, entered the date on my calendar, prepared some handouts specifically for the meeting… and promptly forgot all about it. Which was fine. Because my calendar worked exactly as it was supposed to, and I saw the meeting a couple of weeks before the...

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L is for Luck

L is for Luck

L is for Luck. I’m not going to mince words here. Sometimes, you can follow every rule, you can do every single thing right, and your writing career isn’t going to go the way you want it to go. Publishers mess up book launches. Vendors change their terms of service. Computer equipment crashes. Stories refuse to be reduced to pixels on a screen. Those are the bad luck days. But there are good luck days, too. A friend connects you with a beta...

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K is for Kryptonite

K is for Kryptonite

K is for Kryptonite.   I’m sure you’ve brushed up on your superhero lore. There are a couple dozen types of Kryptonite, but they all mean disaster for the Man of Steel—he loses his powers when he’s confronted with the stuff. As authors, we all have our Kryptonite, too. For some of us, it’s related to the physical act of writing: We’re bad at putting our butts in chairs and our hands on keyboards, or we’re bad at staying there once we’ve...

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J is for Job

J is for Job

J is for job. Writing is the toughest job you’ll ever love.  (Sorry, Peace Corps.) When most writers start out, they have a day-job. You know—the one that pays the rent, puts food on the table, buys the computer and reference books so the writer can write. The actual author stuff takes place in spare time, time that could be spent socializing or relaxing or sleeping. The distinction is somewhat ironic, because successful authors need to apply...

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