Category Archives: publishing

I though I knew what Busy was

Once upon a time I was a high school student with a full load of challenging classes and a job and family responsibilities and I thought I was busy. Once upon a time I was a college student with a full load of challenging classes and a job and no social life to speak of […]

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Revitalized

I went to the world’s best [*] writing conference this weekend. There were many, many reasons to be joyful. I got to be with writer friends. Some of these are my most precious people I see only once a year. Some of these are my very favorite people that I get to see now and […]

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Such Happy News

Guys, listen. Remember Bright Blue Miracle? And how I love that book? And how it was my first really, really published book? And how I love that book? And how it sold lots of copies, but not quite enough? And how, after a year, it became one of the Out of Print? And how I […]

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Publishing Path: Story Time

Once upon a time [1], I got a literary agent. This is one of those things that if you’re not (A) a writer (B) the parent of a writer or (C) married to a writer, you just probably don’t care about. But if you are (A) (B) or (C) (Mostly A, let’s not kid ourselves) […]

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Let me introduce you.

Guys. She’s shiny. She’s clean. She’s elegant and silver and has the most perfect action my fingers could ask for. I got a laptop. (!!) I know. I did, completely, just purchase a laptop on the basis of “I love how these keys feel under my fingers.” Is that ridiculous? Perhaps. But I have never […]

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My Grandmother, the Author

Today I’d like to introduce you to my Grandma, Leola Seely Anderson. She died years before I was born, but there are moments that I feel like I know her. One of those moments was when I went to Virginia to help my parents pack for a move. We found a metal filing box, kind […]

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The Query Zone and Hard Things (and what makes them Possible)

So when you’re a writer and you’re in the Query Zone, you have these REALLY HARD things[1]┬áto do, which are not in any particular order, because this is MY blog and I can do things out of order if I so desire. And I do. 1. Put yourself and your story out there. I know […]

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On Ulcers, and Querying, and Rejectamenta

What? A week? It’s been a week since my Last Brilliant Post? How does such a thing happen? I’ll tell you how it happens. You just go ahead and live a little of your life and your blogging time diminishes to a little sparkly crystal of preciousness which you hold near your heart and stare […]

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