Book Launch Breakdown

So before I launched my first novel, Sketchy Tacos, I had no idea what went into a book launch. For a long time, I harbored visions of the good old days when all an author had to do was write the book. Then the publishing machine would take the pretty book and get it out into the world. That vision is no longer reality. In addition to an author, a writer now much also be a publicist, marketer, and amateur web designer to name a few. So once the book is written, the work has only just begun. Three months of prep went into the book launch. To get my full launch plan enter your email below (or click here [...]

Three Games to Strengthen Your Skills as a Fiction Writer

As I was growing up, we had family game night at least twice a week. We played all sorts of card games and board games, like Stratego, Family Matters, and Cranium. Mom refused to play Monopoly and Risk with my dad and I because our haggling sounded too much like arguing. They're some of my favorite childhood memories. That love of games has transferred into my adult years, and luckily we've found friends with the same fascination. We'll lose hours to wonderful games that build worlds of their own. In my gaming I've come across three games in particular, that I believe can strengthen a fiction writer's skills. The app game, tile game, and card game exercise different skills [...]

Adventures and Victories Week 9

Hi everyone! How are you doing this fine Friday? It's been a busy week for me, but a good one. If you're a regular reader, you'll know that I'm ramping up for the launch of Sketchy Tacos--my YA travel novel that will be released on February 7. I am beginning my SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOP phase. Because I'm super excited... so excited that I might have gone a little overboard on the creation of merchandise front--not to sell, just for me :). Be sure to check out my Instagram page. They can print on all sorts of things now. It's pretty cool. Vicarious Adventure: This week I've really been enjoying There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. It's been a [...]

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

So the 12-days in Europe backpacking extravaganza (check out my posts on Munich, Venice, Sienna, and Rome Part 1 or Part 2) is the thing daydreams are made of. What you may not know is that this was our vacation in the midst of a 10-week assignment in Europe for my husband's job. Being the writer/blogger/editor that I am, I stepped outside my Indiana comfort zone and tagged along for the entire trip. Now, I understand that 10 weeks in Europe sounds gloriously adventurous--and it is in many ways. But it's a whole other animal when you're there to work. There was one stretch of four days where I never left the hotel. Not kidding. Not even to eat. I had peanut [...]

Put the Writer’s Brain to Rest in 10 Minutes or Less

There's nothing I love more than those flurried minutes or hours of incredible inspiration. The light bulb clicks on, a problem you've had comes into sharp focus, and you just go. I think, as writers, we live for those moments. They're an imaginational high that we keep coming back to again and again. But how do we put our writer's brain to rest after those crazy heady moments? I know I tend to be wound tighter than a spring after inspiration strikes, which is particularly unfortunate as my inspiration fairy likes to wave her magic wand late at night. I've tried so many different ways of unwinding, and for a long time I would turn to a book or a game [...]

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