New writers: It’s okay to start somewhere.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

At the beginning, it’s perfectly okay to have no idea what you’re doing. It’s okay to spend hours at a bookstore, running your fingers over the spines of new releases and dreaming. It’s okay to imagine your book sitting on a shelf there, even if you’re years away from your first query letter. This is how you learn what sells. It’s okay to write fanfic until five in the morning,…

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Failing Advantageously

Monday, June 11, 2018

Content Warnings: suicide, self-harm It’s hard to write this post in a week where two high-profile, objectively massively-successful people have killed themselves. And I’m not really going to write about that. I don’t tend to comment on celebrity deaths, whatever the cause. It always feels… I don’t know. Performative, somehow, in a way I feel awkward about. So that’s not what this is about. But we are talking about dealing…

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Hindsight, with a Positive Spin

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The topic this week is hindsight. My husband and I are debriefers. We extract takeaways from every purchase, major life event, and experience. Try it, fix it, try it, my father used to say, and we do. This leads to increasingly better outcomes, but, we’ve come to see, also means we are hard on ourselves. This past week, on vacation, drinks in hand, we did something new: instead of considering what we could…

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5 Lessons Learned from KILMOON’s Book Launch

Friday, April 4, 2014

KILMOON launched March 18th, so this week’s topic comes at the perfect time to think about my lessons learned. What can I improve upon for the next release? 1. Start earlier. I did a pretty good job of my launch despite the fact that I truly began planning for it about 2-1/2 months beforehand. Given the sheer number of details and my tendency toward chaos, I need to start way ahead of…

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