Harsh truths about getting published

It’s never been easier to become a published writer, and it’s also never been more difficult. The double-edged sword of the Internet and digital revolution have opened up channels of communication (agent info! querying guides! email for slush piles!), as...

Why I’m pro fanfic

What’s a good way to train yourself to write a great novel? Writing fanfiction. Of course fanfic is becoming less and less taboo, so much so that it feels silly to trumpet it as a Good Thing because, obviously, it’s not a Bad Thing. Regardless, I want to...

How to: Set-up a professional author blog/website

The first thing I did when I got my agent was set up a domain and build this blog-website hybrid. I believe a professional-looking website/blog is an important tool for building an author platform, as important (if not more so) as building a robust...

Revision Tips 2: Revision methods

So you need to revise your novel… but how do you actually, you know, *do* that? Especially if you are allergic to outlines/a total pantser, a revision is a daunting task. In general, I do not recommend tackling too many full book revisions as that way lies total...

Revision Tips 1: Types of Revisions

With NaNoWriMo behind us and many happy novelists soon to be doing revisions under the Pitch Wars mentors, December (and probably also January) are shaping up to be big revision months. Revision is a key part of the process, and even if you have a pretty good book, if...