My First School Visit – Part 2 – Kids’ Questions

As discussed in the first part of this blog post, I mentioned that the kids of STEM Academy at Roy J Smith middle school had gathered together questions to ask me. They ranged from basic, simple questions like “do you edit your books before they’re published?” to much more in-depth questions like the ones listed […]

My First School Visit – Part 1 – Presentation

Recently I had my first-ever author school visit. It. Was. Amazing. And that’s me downplaying it. Talking to the kids, even via the Interwebs, about my book, my publishing journey, and what drives me as a writer, was an experience I’ll never forget.  Because, really, I think that’s every kid-lit author’s dream. Being able to […]

New South Story Lab, A Non-Profit Organization for Young Creative Writers

These past couple months, I’ve spent my Saturday mornings at the library with a group of talented and passionate young writers. Instead of sleeping in and watching TV, at 10:30AM about ten kids file into the teen meeting room of the library and dedicate an hour and a half to the craft of writing. This […]

The Louisiana Book Festival 2017

  There was something uniquely special about this year’s Louisiana Book Festival. It probably had to do with the fact that every author signing table I passed, and every author panel I attended, I couldn’t help but think that next year I’d be where they were. I could be signing my own book, and I […]

Three Reasons to do NaNoWriMo 2017

  This year’s Nanowrimo is officially upon us. Now who here thinks they don’t have any time for it? *Shamefully raises hand* Why November always seems like the busiest month of the year, I’ll never know. It feels like I never have any time. Of course, as a soon to be published author, every month of the […]

Bayou Writers Conference 2017 – A Bridge to Publication

  If anyone’s counting, this was my third writers’ conference this year. Alas, it will also be my last one for 2017. With the holidays approaching, a digital marketing conference on the horizon for early December, as well as a round of edits for a new project, and NaNoWriMo, I’m 100% spent. Not to mention […]

How to Tackle your Second Pass Edits

Your Second Pass edits, otherwise known as your “Line Edits” focus to clarify meaning, to improve flow, to emphasize the point, etc. Before I go into my process for second pass edits, if you need a quick refresh on what different types of edits are, writer and editor Naomi Hughes does an excellent job of explaining the […]

Writers’ League of Texas – Agents & Editors Conference 2017

There’s nothing like going to a weekend-long writers’ conference to light a fire under your keister. And let me tell you…after attending the Writers’ League of Texas annual Agents & Editors Conference, I. Am. Fired. Up!! In my last conference post I mentioned how crucial they are to a writer’s career. Well, this conference in […]

Jambalaya Writers Conference 2017

One of the things that has been instrumental in my writer’s journey has been attending writers’ conferences. There is no faster, easier—and more fun—way to gain access to the publishing world. Over the past four years, I have attended at least 12 writers conferences—all within driving distance! Some were cheap, some were expensive, but all […]

How to Tackle your First Pass Edits – Part Two: Management

By the time I’d finished organizing my notes for my revision, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I couldn’t wait to finally get started on the actual editing, and on the other hand, I was already exhausted. After all, I still had a long way to go. I had the entire manuscript to still […]

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