How to Survive Your Edit Letter

Monday, October 22, 2018

  Dear Author, the edit letter reads. You suck. Wait, no, that’s not how it goes, not even slightly. Yet we all seem to expect those words, or a variation thereof, the first time we receive an edit letter. It’s counter-intuitive to believe the editor who got excited for your book, who championed it before the acquisitions board, who read it more than once and will continue to have to…


Meet Kate Dresser – Editor Extraordinaire

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Here’s a crazy thing about publishing – you are often required to work with people you have never meet in person and trust them with your life’s work. It’s a little unnerving. But I had nothing to worry about. Kate Dresser is a manuscript whisperer – she knew where I wanted to take my story before I did. I knew from the moment I heard her laugh (about two seconds into our first conversation)…


The Best Call That Came At The Worst Time

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Last February sucked — along with the kiddo and I contracting that crazy swine flu that kept me in bed for a week, I was still recovering from bad news about a potential offer, and then our beloved labradoodle, Quincy, died. Not to mention we were still buried deep under ice, snow, and frigid winter temperatures, and the promise of things improving seemed too far off to count on. But…


Save Holt! Deleted scenes from Fifteen Minutes of Shame by Deb Lisa Daily

As many of you know, Fifteen Minutes of Shame was published in the strangest of ways and I miraculously (insanely? stupidly?) sold it with no novel-writing experience whatsoever. So, check and deadline looming, I sat down and attempted to actually produce a novel. Something I wasn’t exactly sure how to do. Here’s the gist of the story: America’s favorite TV dating expert Darby Vaughn finds out her husband Will is…

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