Pitch Wars 2018 Wishlist

Greetings from Lindsey Duga and Melissa Erin Jackson! Another Pitch Wars season is upon us and we are so thrilled to be YA mentors this year! We see this as a tremendous honor and are thankful that we’re able to partake in this amazing experience. This little ole blog post is to introduce you to […]


Book Prelaunch Part 3 – Media Relations

If you’re anything like most writers, you might be more of an introvert and that can be very difficult when it comes to promoting your own book. Talking to people and asking them to read your book is not only nerve wracking, but it’s incredibly…embarrassing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m PROUD to have a book […]


Kiss of the Royal is Out in Stores! (I’M OFFICIALLY PUBLISHED!)

Today is the day… MY BOOK IS OUT IN THE WORLD.  (Get it wherever books are sold! All order links are at the bottom of this post. Plus an exclusive excerpt!) Before I get into all the mushy stuff, a quick teaser of one of my favorite lines from the book: After years of writing, […]


Book Prelaunch Part 2 – Author Logistics

Unfortunately, being an author doesn’t just mean writing books, though I know most of us really wish it was. It also means running your own mini business. If you don’t agree, I would ask you: the government sees you as a business, why don’t you? Every year we have to file some kind of tax […]


Book Prelaunch Part 1 – Gathering Promo Materials

Hooboy. It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post, and there’s a very good reason for that: my book is coming out in just under a month. But this post is not to perpetuate debut author’s fear of book marketing or the many, many things a debut author must do before a book launch. […]


Things to Watch Out for While Proofreading

Let’s be honest, once you’ve gone through the different editing phases: developmental editing, line editing, copy editing…you’re ready to set your laptop on fire. Hey, we’ve all been there. But you need to power through one more round…proofreading. Unfortunately, this phase is as important as the rest. Maybe even more so because it’s your final […]


Jambalaya Writers Conference 2018

Roughly three weeks ago I attended one of my favorite local writers’ conferences, the Jambalaya Writers Conference at the Terrebone Parish Library in Houma, Louisiana. Unfortunately the reason why this post is later than usual is because of the strange swings of publishing where it’s crickets one moment and a raging stampede of white rhinos the next. […]


COVER REVEAL – Kiss of the Royal

I’m beyond thrilled to finally unveil the cover of my debut novel…     ta-DAAAAAHHHHH!!! I really can’t believe this is finally a THING but now that the official cover is going to be out in the world, I can no longer deny the inevitable…I’ve got a book coming out. WHOO! KISS OF THE ROYAL is […]


Interview with Ashley Elston – Author of “This is Our Story”

“Five went in. Four came out. “ The moment I read those words, I was hooked. The concept of five friends going hunting into the woods, one of them shot, and four emerging with the same innocent story when the evidence so clearly points to murder? Intriguing. And not only that, it’s so deliciously twisted. […]


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 […]


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