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Graveyard Shift! and other shenanigans

April 8th 2015

I feel like my writer life has been a whirlwind these past few weeks, which is unusual. Grunge Gods came out nearly a year ago and my professional life has been fairly quiet. Until recently. With my self-imposed May 1st deadline fast approaching, I’ve been pushing myself to complete revisions on The Lady in Blue novella and write my jazzy blurb. While I’m waiting on content and line edits, I’m trying to learn a zillion indie publishing things like Draft2Digital and uploading direct to Apple. Also, I’ve participated in two really cool YA marketing events and I’m going to ship copies of Grunge Gods to new homes this week. I’m working on my first draft of Dead and Breakfast, the first in a new YA mystery series and I’ve even lined up a cover artist for the books. I’m striving for an early September release day on that. Lastly, I can show off this amazing illustration that is accompanying my short story, “Graveyard Shift,” in the Brave New Girls anthology which should be out mid June. How kickass is that? Full disclosure: I didn’t draw this. This artwork is by Evelinn Enoksen.

Graveyard Shift

 

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Goal!

January 1st 2015

Well, hello 2015. You sure snuck up on me. In the excitement surrounding Hanukkah and Christmas and New Years, I haven’t had much time to catch my breath. And even though my husband has been off for two weeks, I haven’t made much time to write either. Shame on me. I think I need him to go back to work; I definitely need the kids to go back to school, and then I can find my groove again. Right now, my mind is still on vacation.

I’m feeling a little anxious about the new year because I’m itchy to get moving on my projects. 2014 was an amazing year. I had a baby in my car and published my debut novel. That’s crazy. But I’m ready to produce more (books, not babies). I’m revising a novella and I’d like to finish a long overdue draft of a YA mystery AND start the next one in the series. I want to self-publish this year and I’d like to have the first two books in the series done by 2015’s end. For that to happen, I have to change some bad habits (log off Facebook for one thing) and set aside time at night to work. I need to be more efficient.

Happy New Year!

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A Brave New Girl

December 11th 2014

I’m going to be in an anthology! My short story, The Graveyard Shift, will be published in Brave New Girls, an anthology about girls and gadgets. The proceeds will benefit scholarships for girls in STEM fields. My story is a murder mystery about a 17-year-old hacker whose day job is doing maintenance in a futuristic cemetery.

Here’s the sweet cover. Release date: Summer 2015!

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Group Blog!

October 14th 2014

My awesome critique partner, Leandra Wallace, had an ambitious idea to get writers of all genres together for some good old fashioned group blogging and she asked me to be a part of it. I am so pleased to be contributing to Across the Board. We are a diverse group of writers from horror to YA to romance. We’re going to cover it all every Monday and Thursday. My post will be up Thursday and sneak peak — I’m going to be talking about the short story. My fave! So check us out and tell your friends.

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Sisters in Crime Blog Hop

September 29th 2014

Stop, hop and blog. I was tagged by suspense writer and superb gardener, Elizabeth Buhmann, to participate in the Sisters in Crime (of which I am a member) blog hop. I love Sisters in Crime. I am a YA mystery writer and I get a lot of advice from SinC members. It’s a great organization.

Here we go…I’m going to answer this one question: If you were to mentor a new writer, what would you tell her about the writing business?

First, I have not been in the business long enough to mentor anyone. I’m barely giving myself good advice. My debut novel has been out for 4 months and its sales are diminishing. I’ve gotten great reviews, but few requests from bloggers. I’ve exhausted my friends and family for sales, and now I’m hoping strangers will somehow discover the book via my Goodreads page or giveaways or word-of-mouth or my book signing or blatant pleading. Some days, I spend more time online networking than I do with my children. Selling a book is tough. Incredibly tough. And yet, I’m on working on another project. Cuz I love to create. Next to motherhood, writing is the only job I’m not be paid to do that I love. It’s the only career I want.

Writers are an amazing breed of people. We will spend years working on a novel. We’ll sacrifice family time and fun in order to finish a project. We’ll send it out to agents and/or small presses in hopes of it finding a home. If it does get to an agent, we hope it sells to a publishing house with an advance. Of course, that might not happen. We write another book and start the process all over again. If it gets to a publishing house, we’re still not done. Because after edits and cover reveals and release, we need to sell that book to readers. Hustle that book like our life depends on it. Work. Work. Work. Then write, write, write.

What would I tell a new writer? I’d tell her to write and learn about craft. I’d tell her to research the business. I’d tell her to write that YA dystopic vampire novel, even though the market is flooded, because it’s what she loves. I’d also tell her to be realistic in her expectations — to know that publishers acquire what they believe the market demands. I’d tell her that she may not sell her first novel or her second or her third. I’d tell a new writer not to give up and to forge the path best suited for her needs. I’d also tell her that no one owes her anything. She might write the best novel of her career, but no one has to read it. Publishing isn’t easy. Writers write because they need to and they hang on to a slim hope that others will read their work and connect. And that’s all we can do. Publishing is not a business for the unmotivated and cocky. Lastly, I’d tell her to be gracious to those who help her.

If you’re an author, what advice would you give a new writer starting out?

Tagging my dear friend, Kate Moretti, for the next hop. She’s the NYT Bestselling author of Thought I Knew You and Binds That Tie and she is my mentor.

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