In today's blog I want to take some time out to thank all the agents I have ever interacted with on this writing journey. While none of them represent me, I think it's important to acknowledge their influence on my progress and the let them know I truly appreciate the time they took to inch… Continue reading Agents Need Love Too
Most of you know that my manuscript was chosen by a mentor as part of the agented-author project Author Mentor Match #authormentormatch, the brainchild of Alexa Donne. The short of it: it's a group of generous authors who are already repped and choose to volunteer their time and talents to shepherd unpubbed manuscripts through the… Continue reading Author Mentor Match: The Skinny
Pitch parties on Twitter have been around for a long time and although they were fun to follow, I stayed in the sidelines, mainly because I was not ready to jump in, but mostly because I was not sure whether they had any real worth. Then people started getting exposure, knowledge and agents... So I… Continue reading Twitter Pitch Parties: What’s the fuss about?
I wanted to take a moment to explain the photos that will appear on my blog from time to time. One thing you should know about me is that I am a huge fan of the past - particularly the 1900-1945. In my writing I want to explore the experiences of those who lived during… Continue reading Uncovering the Past
It's been several years since I started this blog (and others) and today I have decided to consolidate and upgrade based on my current experience. I've paid my dues. Now don't take this the wrong way, I still have lots to learn in the traditional pub game, but I can say that I've also paid… Continue reading Paying Dues
I'm sure that some of you authors-in-training are out there asking yourself this question and it is a legitimate one; especially if you have been chiseling away at your craft, learning the business, reading in your genre, watching Twitter posts and participating in a myriad of workshops, pitch wars and all that is the writing… Continue reading Why Keep Going?
Now that I've finished my first MG book and sent out my first query, I await the forthcoming rejection. However, I am not afraid and look forward to placing it as the first in my inevitable stack that will prove that I've arrived. Honestly, that's a lie. No one wants to be rejected, but we… Continue reading Querytopia: Are you there yet?
Everyone who reads has certain pleasure points when it comes to a good book. Some like to curl up with a romance novel while in their stocking feet holding a big box of tissues. Others like to sit out on the screened-in porch with a tall glass of ice tea and a good mystery novel.… Continue reading Characters v. Stories
One thing I have learned, and continue to learn, about putting together a manuscript is that it is not like writing a letter about something that happened to you or someone else. It is structured -- whether you intend to do so or not. It has a beginning, middle and end of course, but there… Continue reading Manuscripts: Focus, focus, focus
Ok I'm asking this question to myself as well as you. Why? Because for all intents and purposes I am multicultural but I don't feel any different than when I was just black, African-American or just a light-skinned sister. The combo of being multicultural and a writer seems to be all the rage these days… Continue reading Multicultural Fiction: What is it?