Kimmery Tries Not To Write

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

  This week’s topic is the importance of NOT writing and I was sorely tempted to turn in a blank page as my offering. Who doesn’t love irony? When I first heard I’d been selected as a Debutante writer for 2018, I experienced a brief thrill, followed by an immediate stab of horror. What had I done? Producing an article a week—on a strict schedule, on top of having to…


Interview w/ Jessica Strawser + Giveaway for NOT THAT I COULD TELL

Saturday, March 17, 2018

I am all kinds of delighted to be able to interview one of my writer heroines this week. Jessica’s Strawser’s debut novel, Almost Missed You, was named to Barnes & Noble’s Best new Fiction shortlist upon its release in March 2017 and it was one of my favorite books of the year. I’ve admired Jessica for years at the fantastic Writer’s Digest Conference held in New York City each summer;…


The Call: It Doesn’t Always Go Like You’d Think

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  When I was an aspiring author, I read every query letter success story I could get my hands on. There was a common theme to these essays, which tended to go something like this: the writer, having long since given up hope that she’d ever become published, is strolling through Target one day when her phone rings. She glances at it, realizes the phone is displaying the 212 area…


Inside Kimmery’s Brain: Deadline Edition

Kimmery's Brain: Deadline Edition
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

  One week until article about deadlines is due. No problem; is loads of time. Would start immediately, except, much like childbirth, you cannot force creativity. It happens when it’s ready to happen. Well, technically you can force childbirth, but you know what I mean: forcing creativity would result in boring article. Which is not to say, of course, that forcing childbirth results in boring child. Omigod, Kimmery, please focus….


The World’s Longest Edit Letter

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

  This week’s topic: the edit letter. Before I published The Queen of Hearts, I’d assumed the edit letter was just that: a letter with some suggested editorial changes, but that turned out not to be the case for me. I never actually got an edit letter. When I got the call from my agent that we had an offer on my book, I was out of the country. Cell…


Kimmery Gets A Little Sappy

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

When I first saw this week’s topic–finding support as a writer– I figured I’d discuss writer’s groups. But then my debut novel, The Queen of Hearts, was released last week, and I realized I have a new perspective on a new phase of this writing journey: the publication period. I’ve had some intense weeks in my life. I’m an ER doctor and a mother, so I’m often surrounded by literal…


The Queen of Hearts Is Born!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

  Welp. This is it. I have waited for this day to get here for the last five years. At first it was with a fatalistic acceptance that I was never going to achieve what I wanted, then timid hope, then cautious excitement, and now exhilaration. This may sound a bit overblown because I didn’t cure anyone, or ease anyone’s pain, or invent anything brilliant, or any of the things…


Kimmery’s Total Lack of Self-Care

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

  It is a tad ironic that we are writing about self-care this week, because in the waning days before I become a published author—LESS THAN ONE WEEK AWAY, Y’ALL—I have morphed into a hygiene-free insomniac. I am rocking the French look when it comes to leg shaving, I’ve worn the same ancient pair of cashmere sweatpants for three days, and I wake up every morning at 3:00 am and…


The One Big Mistake In Kimmery’s Query

query letters
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ah. Query Letters. It is well known that most writers would rather churn out an entire book written in their own blood than write a one-page query letter. Penning this stupid letter might sound simple, but trust me, it’s hard. You are given a measly few paragraphs to sum up your book and yourself, and in these paragraphs you must sound compelling and unique and hooky enough for an agent…


Kimmery Uneasily Discusses Ethics

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Gahhhh. I have been marking the approaching date of this week’s Debutante Ball topic—the ethics of representing marginalized characters—with fervent dread. Who in their right mind is going to want to listen to me yammer on about the ethics of representing marginalized characters? I’m straight, I’m Christian, I’m able-bodied, and I’m whiter than Gollum. (Yep. I did my DNA one time and it came back greater than 99% English and…