Welcome to the latest edition of my occasional interview series “How Tho?!” in which I ask cool writers breaking traditional career molds and doing amazing work about their writing path and process. Today I’m chatting with my good friend and #SelfPitch project partner Shoshana Rain, author of STRIFE’S APPLE is a modern fantasy romance the … Continue reading Shoshana Rain on Hybrid Authorship and Writing Anti-Heroines
Meet #SelfPitch: a Pitch Event for Indie Book Lovers!
How did it get to be July already?! But I'm excited that it is, because July is #SelfPitch month! The brainchild of indie author Shoshana Rain with some coparenting from me, #SelfPitch is happening July 13 and 14 this year. During July, I'm also trying to take it a little bit easy (she said, as … Continue reading Meet #SelfPitch: a Pitch Event for Indie Book Lovers!
The 5 Essential Ingredients of an Effective Query Letter
This is not a recipe blog. Or is it? Okay, maybe it is, because today I'm sharing my recipe for cooking up the publishing equivalent of a soufflé: the much-dreaded query letter. Most authors hate writing them, but query letters are a prerequisite for fiction submissions to most agents and editors. A good one will … Continue reading The 5 Essential Ingredients of an Effective Query Letter
Pitch Wars Is Over. Its Legacy Is Just Beginning.
Pitch Wars is dead. Long live Pitch Wars. Last Tuesday's announcement by Brenda Drake, the founder of the Pitch Wars mentorship program, sent shockwaves through all of my writing groups. https://twitter.com/PitchWars/status/1493595439005945856?s=20&t=NSxsdbjgV_CZ9Us3XFm5sg My 2020 alumni chat, now the penultimate mentee class, gathered in our Discord chat for a virtual group hug, expressing sadness, surprise, and gratitude … Continue reading Pitch Wars Is Over. Its Legacy Is Just Beginning.
How to Design a Novel Aesthetic with Canva
It's not as hard as it looks to create a beautiful image set that hypes you and potential readers up for your book project.