Pouting Rarely Brings Lucrative Returns

I got my manuscript from the editor and of all the edits, this one has been the hardest. It was written in English, but I have to say, it sounded like French. To prove that it wasn’t, my cute editor wrote something back in French. Thank you so very much, dear editor. Honestly, I’m not…

When the Success of Others Make You Unhappy

When I shared my love of writing with people, it was so contagious. People would say, “I wanna write a novel too.” Inside I wanted to say, “No, no, that’s my dream! Find your own dream!” But imitation is supposed to be one of the sincerest form of flattery, right? So why was I feeling this…

Agents, Men and Rejections Galore

Within an hour of sending my query to an agent, I received a rejection. Isn’t that fabulous? Okay, you’re wondering if I’m joking, aren’t you? But I’m actually dead serious. Now, I’m not saying I don’t get sick all over and want to hideaway forever, because I do. But learning to be grateful when the door is shut…

Bad Writers are Still Writers Indeed

If you have just written something, and you are thinking, “This is really bad!” Welcome to the club, and really, welcome to the human family. We have all been there, and most likely, some of us will be there again. But what is good writing? Are you a good writer because you crafted beautiful sentences?…

The Secret Ingredient of Success

A couple of years ago, I attended a writer’s conference where Arthur Levine, the American publisher for Harry Potter, was the keynote speaker. Though some had looks of interest and admiration, it was the glow of greed I saw shining in most of people’s faces. The question that everyone wanted answered was not how to…