Déjà vu: A Poem

Friday, August 11, 2017

Write a first draft. Edit. Trash parts. Write a second draft. Edit. Eat cookie dough and cry. Write a third draft. Edit. Edit some more. Cry some more. I hate this. I suck at being a writer. Maybe I should be a plumber. This shit sucks. Whatever. Sends to editor. Drinks away the pain. Editor sends letter. He likes! Really? Oh. Makes some adjustments. I mean, I guess this isn’t…

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Jenni L. Walsh’s Three Tips for Book Two

Thursday, August 10, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about their second books. I feel very blessed to continue my career as an author. It’s a dream come true and a profession I highly enjoy. That, of course, doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with challenges. So I’ve cobbled together three quick-ish (they got longer than I expected…) tips for tackling a sophomore book and beyond, based on my own publishing journey. Results may…

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Sneak Peak of Alpenglow

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

This week we’re writing from our main character’s point of view, which is a little funny for me considering I AM my main character and all. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to post tiny, early chapter from my work-in-progress, the sequel to Caged Eyes. The tentative title is ALPENGLOW, and it’s the story of my journey to climb Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, and the healing that went along with…

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Joining the Hive to Write Book Two

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A month ago, I wrote a post about how difficult it was for me to write a new novel during this anxious period before my first book launches. I hadn’t looked ahead on the Debutante Topics Calendar, obviously, because “writing book two” is the assigned subject of this week’s posts. Fortunately, I don’t need to rehash that earlier lament, because — though progress on Book Two is still glacial and…

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Book Two, WhoooHooo!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

YAY for second books! It’s so fun hearing about everyone’s sophomore efforts — and seeing how different the process has been for each of us. For Dhonielle and I, our contract was a two-book set up — but we didn’t know until after our first editorial meeting whether the second book would be a companion novel, sequel or something else altogether. Luckily, it was a sequel, and that’s what D…

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Little Pretty Things for Everyone: A Second Book Gets a First Draft

Monday, August 18, 2014

Update on the second book? You want an update? YOU GET AN UPDATE. “The. End.” Typing that Sunday night, last night—after so much thrashing and kvetching—is as satisfying as it gets. Oh, don’t get me wrong. It’s a steaming pile right now. I look forward to revision, for the chance to make it something you’d want to read. I have until December 1 to do that, and then it will…

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