Publishing on a Whim

A couple of weeks ago I sat in a small workshop for local writers.  The discussion was suppose to be about getting an agent to help you get published.  Most of the people in the room were self-published authors or those published with small publishers looking to take the next step.  The speaker asked us aboutRead more

Camp NaNoWriMo – I won this time!

I won this time! It is August and that means July’s Camp NaNoWriMo is over.  This time, I won, but it didn’t come easily.  I already wrote about my struggle to focus and how I spent too much time trying to explain the rules of the world rather than enjoying the story. In the endRead more

What To Do With The Next Eight Months?

It is going to be 8 more months before Modern Persuasion comes out.  I have tons of things to do between now and then.  I have another novel to edit and submit to publishers.  I have November’s National Novel Writing Month to prepare for.  I have three conferences to prepare for, at least one ofRead more

FAIL?

Writing Wednesday: July’s Camp is Almost Over!

July’s Camp NaNoWriMo session is almost over and I am not doing well.  Why?  My head isn’t as into it as I hoped.  Where is my head?  Sooooo many other places and most of it can be mentioned just yet.  It has to do with November’s plans, how to fill the 8 months between now andRead more

Modern Persuasion Announcement

News from my publisher! We are excited to announce the official release date for the novel, Modern Persuasion by Sara Marks will be March 20, 2017. Pre-sale starts February 17, 2017. The cover reveal will be February 1, 2… Source: Modern Persuasion Announcement

Big Announcement: My First Novel’s Publication

Here I am, a week into July and a week into Camp NaNoWriMo (a project that barely has 2,000 words at this point because… reasons).  This is my third time doing the July round of Camp NaNoWrimo.  The very first time I participated is the reason for this post today. My novel Modern Persuasion isRead more

How I Write

It is almost July, which means it’s round 2 of Camp NaNoWriMo.  I have been writing in NaNoWriMo events for 12 years.  For 12 years, as a writer, I have written in nearly every NaNoWriMo event.   For about 66% of that time I have thought about what it means to be a writer, especially asRead more

Writing and Confidence and Failure

I am switching things around and Fridays are now going to be me discussing anything I want to discuss in my life.  It could be knitting, Wikipedia, work, writing, more reading, Cedric Doggery, Sabine the cat, or anything else.  Why?  I DO WHAT I WANT! That’s why.  Please to enjoy. Once a month I meetRead more

No, I Didn’t Win Camp NaNoWriMo and That’s OK

For the first time in a very long time, I did not win Camp NaNoWriMo.  It’s actually not a big deal and here is why. First, some background is necessary.  While November is the main NaNoWriMo period, in April and July there are two smaller periods with self-defined goals.  Instead of 50,000 you can chooseRead more

Writing Communities

Reading and writing are not thought of as group activities.  Even those of us who join book clubs, do the reading on our own.  For me reading is something done alone.  The first time I read a book with someone (an audiobook with a boy friend), it was weird.  I felt obligated to avoid skippingRead more