Writing a novel is fun and exciting. Editing a novel is usually tedious and headache inducing, at leas for me. And then there is the rewrite. I’ve been COMPLETELY rewriting my manuscript for my first SWTF book, changing a lot of stuff. Basically, what is left is the core story and the characters. It has … More The Authentic Author
I am working on the second manuscript of the SW Wyoming Task Files, which will be a series of stories focused on a small police force located in Evanston, Wyoming. Writing the first manuscript, I just sat down, and the words flowed out. I had came up with a creepy criminal, a sad victim, a … More Plotting or Pantsing?
I am going to my first writers conference in July (Squee!) and then my first mystery novel writers/readers conference in September (Double Squee!). When I decide to do something, I of course overdo it and throw myself into it 150%, get burned out, and then want to curl up in a tiny ball in my … More Three Top Tips to Prepare for a Writers Conference
In my 9-5, a portion of my job involves me interviewing people, to obtain certain set information. One of the best parts of this is that I often get more than I bargained for during these interviews. There was the 79 year old man I interviewed, who worked full time as a mortician and told … More Lisa’s Mother
Writing a book or story, while not as easy as the title would imply, is definitely the fun part. The work is in editing and rewriting, composing query letters/synopsis pages/ blurbs, researching agents and editors, investigating traditional versus self-publishing routes, marketing your work, finding beta readers…. that’s the real meat of the work of being any sort … More Writing is the Easy Part
One my favorite things about launching my own literary agency has been the flow of query letters I have received from authors. I love hearing from authors about their creative and bold stories (literature nerd, much?) and I love listening to people describe work that they are passionate about. Their energy is inspiring and their … More How To Query
By Amy Brown Part 2 – continuing the discussion from Part 1: Making the Pitch “No one but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” That was author David Hagberg, quoting Samuel Johnson, at the Venice Book Fair and Writers’ Festival in Venice, Florida, making it clear he was a “commercial writer, an entertainer”. Hagberg … More How to make a living as a writer