Over the last several weeks, I've been working closely with my friend, Liz Carrasco, to create a cover that would perfectly embody what Forever Thirteen is all about. She read the story, and I gave her a vision of what I hoped the cover would look like. Well, she took that vision, and she created … Continue reading Forever Thirteen cover reveal!
A year ago, I was gearing up for the release of "A Symphony of Cicadas." And the anticipation to actually publish the book was killing me. In fact, my patience was so thin, I published it a week before the date I announced it would be released. Here was my official announcement. Isn't that newbie … Continue reading How to launch a book
I recently sent my poetry book, Everything I Am Not Saying, to a Kindle Book Reviewer to review my book. He warned me that as a poet himself, he was a very tough reviewer. I admit, I balked a little. But I told him to please go ahead and read it, and then give an … Continue reading A review on my poetry book that left me stunned
That's right, we have a release date! The sequel to "A Symphony of Cicadas" is March 15th, 2014. That's when the answer to What happened to Joey???? will finally be answered. Today was kind of a milestone for me. After several rounds of editing, I finally reached the point where I feel I can't do … Continue reading Forever Thirteen, coming March 15, 2014
I just sent out my 2nd newsletter today. Didn't get it? That means you're not on my mailing list! Click on the "Subscribe to Newsletter" link above to get on my mailing list and not miss anything. Here's what was sent out today: Happy December! I hope everything is going smooth as you gear up … Continue reading December book news
Only about 7% of NaNoWriMo participants crossed the finish line with 50,000 or more words this year*. If you were one of the lucky few, you deserve a pat on the back and a million publishers** clamoring to get you to sign with them. (*Note: According to NaNoWriMo, 300,000 people signed up, and only 41,940 … Continue reading Are you one of the lucky 7%?
Less than two weeks ago I had the great joy of printing out Forever Thirteen in rough draft form. For weeks I'd been editing the heck out of the raw draft, searching for overused words and weak sentences to bring it up to rough draft status. So to finally get to that point was kind … Continue reading Beta Readers, get ready!
When I was 13, I used an actual paper diary. I have a bunch of old journals in my boxes from way back when, chronicling those awkward teenage years. But now? There are a ton of online alternatives for teenagers to record their innermost thoughts and feelings. This is something I had to mull over … Continue reading Do 13 year olds blog?
Last night, I wrote out two words I'd been striving to reach since I started the journey of "Forever Thirteen" a little more than three months ago. To make the moment even more ceremonious, I had ditched the computer and scribbled the last 5,743 words into a spiral notebook, feeling every single word as it … Continue reading It’s finished! The anatomy of a novel, from start to THE END.