Comp Titles or How I’m Terrible at Them

Monday, January 21, 2019

I’m going to admit it outright: I’m kinda the worst at comp titles. Comp titles aka comparable titles are the titles of books or even (sometimes) movies or TV shows that, taken together, help to better explain and sell your book. I can give a dozen different pieces of advice – look for specific aspects to highlight, go for feel, make it recent, make it this meets that – but…


Dreams or Delusions

Monday, January 14, 2019

A year ago, if you’d asked me my wildest dreams about my debut year, I would’ve gotten starry eyed and mentioned B&N’s most anticipated lists, LGBTQ awards, fanfiction, and fanart. Interviews and large convention invites. My favorite authors recognizing me. Then, if you’d pressed, I might have whispered things like the Hugo awards or what do you know about the Campbell? After a year of really being in publishing and…


Some More Books to be Excite About in 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

There are so many amazing books coming out in 2019 I can barely handle it. I’ve posted on my own blog about all the fantasy and sci-fi coming out from debuts and I more recently put together a Twitter thread highlighting all the queer/QUILTBAG adult debut novels out this year: through for the whole list. So let’s just say I’m more than a little excite and that there’s a…


The Best Resolution is No Resolution

Monday, December 31, 2018

Most New Years, I have a tidy little list of resolutions – not too many, of course – and I make a valiant effort of keeping up with them. Sometimes I veer wildly off track within the month, sometimes within the week. But my type A Virgo heart needs resolutions and goals and a thoroughly mapped road to travel, even if by next week it’ll all be moot. It’s the…


2018 Books of Awesome, Limited Edition

Monday, December 24, 2018

I read a total of 30 books this year, which for some is a lot, and for others is hardly worth mentioning. For me, with a dayjob, a toddler, edits, copy edits, and a whole book to write, it was kind of astounding. I don’t have a lot of time to just sit and read – so I don’t. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and – when the weather’s nice…


Fighting for a Break

Monday, December 17, 2018

Just the other day, I filled half a page with a brand new story idea, one that interweaves sacrifice and loyalty, action and inaction, what we owe ourselves vs what we owe each other, with a little – or rather a lot – of magic on top. Last week I wrote two short stories out of the blue and the week before that I figured out how to fix a…


Two Blogs and a Podcast: My Favorite Writing Resources

Monday, December 10, 2018

I started to take writing more seriously sometime in 2012. Between making daily writing goals and setting timetables for when I’d get drafts done, I decided it was finally time to read a few craft books. Of the dozen or so I borrowed from the library, Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird were the only ones I read all the way through, and Bird by Bird was the only one I actually…


Neil Gaiman is Why I’m Not a Sheep Herder (Yet)

Monday, December 3, 2018

Everything I’ve learned about writing – that I didn’t learn from fanfic – came from other authors. From their books – yes, obviously – but also from their blogs and from anecdotes and from every little scrap of info and advice they’ve so helpfully shared. Because that’s the beautiful thing about writers & authors – they are, for the most part, more than willing to be kind, to be helpful,…


(Almost) Everything I Know About Writing I Learned from Fanfiction

Monday, November 26, 2018

I spent a fair amount of my youth writing dense, novel-length, & character-driven fanfiction (henceforth referred to as fanfic) until 1am on a school night. After all my homework was done, of course. My fandoms were primarily Sailor Moon and Harry Potter, the former being the one I really dove into. And it was, perhaps, the best crash course in writing money could’ve bought me. So for the newbie writer,…


Simple Gratitude in Complex Times

Monday, November 19, 2018

I’ve had a lot to be thankful for in this past year, and a lot more I am grateful for in the year to come. Some of that has been expected – the realization of a long-held dream, the papery reality of ARCs, the positive reactions from early readers, the joy of my toddler, and the love of my family and friends – but some has been completely unexpected. The…