4 1/2 Things I’ve Learned From My (Unpublished) First Novel

Posted Jan 17 2018 in , , , ,

  Two weeks ago I laid bare all the gory details of my year querying agents. This week, after a lovely lunch with my writing tribe, I’m taking a closer look at my first novel. And I’m realizing Book One can teach you quite a bit. Mine has taught me plenty. All related to sayings I’ve […]

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Manuscript Perfection vs. Good Enough

Posted Feb 9 2017 in , , , ,

Rumor has it Leonardo Da Vinci was still painting on the Mona Lisa when he died, and Kathryn Stockett was editing pages of The Help while in labor. I listened to Chitra Divakaruni, author of Oleander Girl, say she edits pages from her published books even as she reads them aloud to an audience. I get it. […]

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Novel Research Faux Pas

Posted Jan 31 2017 in , , ,

I haven’t made a cold call to research my novel in some time and, judging from my actions last Friday, I maybe should have rehearsed first. At the very least, I should have written down what I was going to say. But, alas, hindsight is 20/20. Let me back up just a moment. I have a […]

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