4 Steps to Surviving the Querying Trenches

So you think you have what it takes to withstand upwards of one hundred bamboo shoots under the fingernails, deafening silence, and personal attacks on your self-worth? Well great, let’s get to querying your completed manuscript!

How long does it take to write a novel?

Among the (online) writing communities that I frequent I see this question asked time and again. New writers wonder just how long does it take to write a full novel? What even qualifies as a novel? Industry standard generally dictates that a novel must be 50,000 words or more, but the issue of timing isContinue reading “How long does it take to write a novel?”


I am taking a break from the perpetual polishing and querying today to create a few mood boards for an upcoming Twitter event called Mood Pitch. This will be the first of any Twitter pitch events I participate in, so I am hopeful and excited. Twitter has been an asset to me over the courseContinue reading “#MoodPitch”

Sweet Summertime Queries

July. It’s hot in Arkansas. The midges are out in full force and the ground is cracked from drought. The only place hotter than my current post is the hellish trenches of the publishing industry right now. Ok, I’m being dramatic…. Exceptionally dramatic, but not about the Arkansas heat. But here is a bit ofContinue reading “Sweet Summertime Queries”

“It is Finished.”

Ok, I recognize the drama the title of this post effectuates; however, I’m feeling pretty dramatic today. I have completed a novel which is HUGE news! My first novel is currently under the working title of UNDER THE CAROLINA STARS. It clocks in at 91,336 words and about 360 pages. I started this book fiveContinue reading ““It is Finished.””

The Internet – An Illusion of Community

Allow me to be both cynical and optimistic simultaneously. Since coming back to writing I have expanded my dive into the online community of writers afforded by both Facebook and Twitter. I created a Twitter account (@ALBnovelist) and joined, well let’s just say several, Facebook groups for writers. I have a whopping total of 29Continue reading “The Internet – An Illusion of Community”

50,000 words and counting…

Yesterday I reached my first goal of 50,000 words in my work in progress. Personally, this is a huge accomplishment for me so I was really excited! I told my husband, posted an update on Twitter, and had a celebratory cup of coffee. My husband, who seemed pleased for me, said “Is that what youContinue reading “50,000 words and counting…”

I’m back.

Returning to this blog has been like opening a time capsule. 5 years have passed since I wrote here and it’s been that long since I have even viewed the page myself. Sheesh. So I know what you may be thinking…failure, quitter, bad at time management. Okay, okay, stop beating me up here. I won’tContinue reading “I’m back.”

Another piece of the puzzle.

There are times when inspiration hits me, in the form of a memory, a song, a photo, or a story.  Days after I began writing this book, inspiration struck me.  I had been thinking of someone who had passed away long ago and suddenly knew that my character, Mary, had a memory alike which bringsContinue reading “Another piece of the puzzle.”

For Authenticity’s Sake.

“If you seek authenticity for authenticity’s sake, you are no longer authentic.” – Jean Paul Sartre When I am putting pen to paper I am very rarely thinking of the historical context in which my characters are living.  This can be seen in a shining example of my last blog post!  I had been poundingContinue reading “For Authenticity’s Sake.”