How My Manuscript Becomes a Book


I get a lot of questions about how my manuscripts turn into books. They sound a lot like this: “Why isn’t A Time to Rise coming out until FALL?! Don’t you know about your readers’ anguish?” Oh man, don’t I. “I mean, you finished the first draft so…why isn’t it in stores now?” Okay, … Continue reading

Writing a Sequel

Everyone talks about writing “the book.” No one talks about the sequel. (Tweet this) No one talks about the new pressure of readers demanding resolution, or of the publisher’s deadlines you thought you could handle, or of how you’re suddenly asking yourself, “Why in the world did I create that … Continue reading

How to Self-Edit Your Manuscript: My Process

A frequent question I’ve received recently is “How do you self-edit?” mainly in regards to…how do I edit MY work? This question arose from some authors who where panicking curious about certain editing pictures I shared on Facebook: Questions I received in response to these pictures: “Do you do that every time?” – … Continue reading

13 Pieces of Advice for Your First Writers Conference

I’ve attended numerous writer’s conferences and taught at several. Every year, as “conference season” approaches, I get a little more giddy and excited. I went to my first conference as a teenager and realized from that moment how crucial they are to improving my craft if I wanted to take writing seriously. … Continue reading

8 Pieces of Advice for Writers

In every interview, I’m asked, “What’s your top piece of advice for writers?” It’s hard to narrow it down to just one thing, so I’ve put together a list of 8 pieces of advice I have for “new writers” (interpret the word “new” as you will.) 1. Go to a Writer’s … Continue reading

Writing Update: Can You Guess the Title of Book Two?

Today I’m having a Facebook party to announce the title of book two! About the party: The party is a relaxed get together on Facebook to both celebrate the six-month anniversary of A Time to Die and to announced the title of the second book in the Out of Time Series. There will be giveaways, … Continue reading

4 Types of Novelists — Which One Are You?

Are you a plot-first novelist or a character-first novelist? When I started off as a writer, these were the only two options presented to me. I was informed that spec-fic authors are usually plot first, so that’s what I labeled myself as. Yet…it never really fit. For some reason, I never … Continue reading