While Waiting On the Agent…I’ll Revise Again…and Again

I did it, or rather God has blessed me, and I currently have an agent trying to shop This Broken Earth to a couple of publishing houses.  I received some very good criticism from the literary agent, criticism that would make for a much better book if I were to tweak here and cut there.  My agentContinue reading “While Waiting On the Agent…I’ll Revise Again…and Again”

On Speaking to a Literary Agent

Today I stressed all day because I was to receive a phone call from a literary agent from Glass Road Media Management.  I was so excited to get the phone call, and had a great meeting with Rebeca and Charlie Seitz who own the company.  Our meeting went well, and we spoke for nearly 90Continue reading “On Speaking to a Literary Agent”

Direct Characterization

There are many ways to create a character for a reader.  Many writers stumble in and out of indirect characterization, which is where the writer takes on the omniscient narrator voice and “tells” us everything about the character that we should know.  In many respects, “telling” a reader what a character is all about isContinue reading “Direct Characterization”

Recorded Our First Podcast: Fanboys on Fiction

Well, we did it.  We have two episodes in the can and plan to release even more as the year goes on.  I now have my own podcast to debut on Sunday night if all goes according to plan.  It’s all part of my many step plan to build my platform as a writer, andContinue reading “Recorded Our First Podcast: Fanboys on Fiction”

I’ve Been Nominated for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award

I am honored and thankful that I have so many followers of my blog who think highly enough of me to nominate me for things, but Blog of the Year is really nice.  Thanks go out to Vicki Acton at “The View Outside“, a great and informative blog about writing and also to Alex Laybourne,Continue reading “I’ve Been Nominated for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award”

The Weekend Marathon…and a Roundup

After I write this post, I’m signing off.  I’ll be back on Monday, and will write yet another blog post, but this weekend is the hard-core write fest.  I have to reach a goal of at least 7,000 words to stay on track for the 21st release date. How will I do this? I haveContinue reading “The Weekend Marathon…and a Roundup”

NaNoWriMo Tip #25: A Little Encouragement

Here we are one week from the deadline and many of you are still hammering away on the NaNoWriMo.  For most of you this week will be a mad dash to get finished.  I wish you the best of luck. I also perused the internet to find a little encouragement that might help you pushContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #25: A Little Encouragement”

NaNoWriMo Tip #21: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here

Today’s title comes from Dante’s Inferno, the words written upon the gates of hell.  You may be feeling like that right now even if you have planned this NaNoWriMo novel to the teeth.  It happens. If your fingers are still hammering away at the NaNoWriMo (and you haven’t given up), you have come thus farContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #21: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here”

NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Focus on the Intent

One thing that is very difficult at this stage in the NaNoWriMo project is the daily grind.  Some writers find it difficult to crank out a scene or will bog down in telling the story or moving the action along.  Where to go next, you ask? One thing that I do that helps me toContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Focus on the Intent”

NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Auto-Correct Is Not Your Friend

Many writers use autocorrect in order to help with spelling or even grammar, but most times the grammar check will only denote passive voice and sometimes it can completely ruin a piece of writing.  As a sci-fi writer, sometimes the names of my characters give the spell-checker fits. All of us who use iPhones know how auto-correctContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Auto-Correct Is Not Your Friend”