One Writer's Take on Rejection

For writers, rejection is the toughest obstacle to overcome. 

Forget writer's block, it's not even a close second to the big "R". I know many authors and can't think of one who ever thought about quitting because he or she couldn't get the words out. 

Rejection is a far worse evil than the writing muse checking out and taking all the good story ideas with her. She always comes back, with both hands full of inspiration. However, stacks of rejection letters stifle writers and sometimes end careers prematurely.

During a writer's workshop that Jaimie Engle and I taught earlier this week, I noticed that fear of rejection was a big concern. When artists hold back, their work suffers and their careers lay dormant, sometimes for years. 

Sometimes, a writer thinks a story is a good fit and an editor doesn’t agree. It’s not personal, it’s just business. Stories are rejected for many different reasons: a similar story may have been picked up, the editor may hate the topic matter for personal reasons, or the publication may be moving in a different direction. None of that has any bearing on a writer's talent.

When an editor rejects a story, that’s all he or she rejected. I’ve never received a rejection letter that in addition to declining my story also stated that I’m an awful writer, lousy cook, and unappealing to look at in broad daylight.

Writers often struggle with rejection because they are so close to their work. So much of a writer is devoted to his or her stories that attachments run deep and close to the heart. A distance must be developed to make rejections easier to endure, but only on the business side of things. Writers should strive to be distant from their material when submitting, not when creating. 

Rejections are a necessary evil for writers, but often they are internalized as more of a valuation of self worth. To overcome this, writers should reframe their perspectives on rejections and limit their scope to the business level. The story was rejected for a reason, but that reason has little bearing on anything outside of its realm, if any at all. 

The key to dealing with rejection is being resilient enough to persevere through it. Writing partners, family, and friends are never ending sources of inspiration. Their encouragement can help writers build resilience and keep them plugging away during all the painful edits and frustrating rejections. When writers feel overwhelmed, they should reach out to friends and family for pick-me-ups. That's what they are there for.

Sometimes all a writer needs is for someone to tell her that her writing is good enough, or that the dishes can wait.

If nothing else, rejection ends the painful process of waiting to hear back from a publication about a story's fate. It's better to know than wait and wonder, and then wait and wonder some more. It also helps to remember that each rejection is a step closer to acceptance.

Repeated rejection in many other forms of social interaction leads to retrospection and sometimes a change of course. Successful writers stay the course in the midst of rejections and reframe their perspectives. They improve upon their craft and keep writing, even when it doesn't make sense to or they don't really feel like putting pen to paper. And they never let rejections define their value or talent, because they know "this is not right for us at this time" means simply that and nothing more.

Christine Edwards Shares New Articles on Medium

I've recently started posting new journalistic articles on Medium. My goal for this venture is to provide readers with just enough information to be dangerous in casual conversations. 

Perhaps you always wanted to know about something, but felt it was too trivial to research. These are the types of stories I'll be posting regularly. You know, the things you wonder about as your driving to work, but forget about as soon as you enter your office. When you get in your car to go home, the nagging curiosity resurfaces. Trust me, I get it. 

In fact, I intend to find the answers to such questions and share them with readers in compelling three to five minute reads on Medium. My first post shares a glimpse into the lives of veterans and their families. My second story explores similarities and differences between media portrayals of Ebola and other deadly viruses.  

Perhaps one day, the topics you read about on Medium will surface in casual conversation and make you the envy of your less informed peers. Or maybe they will merely made your commute to work more enjoyable. Both situations sound like wins to me.

Be sure to check out my stories on Medium and let me know what you think about them. Thanks in advance.

christine Edward's

Jaimie Engle and Christine Edwards Offer Second Session of Revise and Submit Seminar on December 16, 2014 at the Orlando Public Library

Jaimie Engle and I are excited to be holding the second session of the Revise and Submit Seminar on December 16, 2014 at the Orlando Public Library. 

In the last session, Jaimie shared her best editing tips with authors of both fiction and nonfiction. In session two, Jaimie will coach writers through the querying process from penning a query letter to signing an agent agreement. 

I'm honored to teach alongside Jaimie and share my favorite social media and querying resources with motivated writers. Many would be surprised at how easy it is to connect with publishing professionals, readers, and fellow writers via social media sites. Platform creation and maintenance may appear daunting, but I'll show attendees how simple the whole process can be. Finally, I'll be sharing some of my favorite online resources for finding agents and publishers to query, and the free or low cost online resources I use to keep my queries organized. 

If you are in the area on Tuesday and would like to learn more about editing and submitting your manuscript, join us. We'd love to help you along your path to publication.

Info you need to know:

When: December 16, 2014
Where: Albertson Room of the Orlando Public Library
           101 E. Central St. Downtown Orlando, Florida
When: 6:30 p.m. (7-ish for you late by nature types)

If you aren't able to join us at the seminar, check out Jaimie M. Engle's website: A Writer For Life where she shares some of her best editing tips.

You can also learn more about the seminar and how local authors like Jaimie M. Engle impact our community by following Florida Book News.

Jaimie M. Engle Offers Editing Advice at Orlando Public Library Revise and Submit Seminar

So you finished writing the first draft of your book. Congrats! A fraction of the population ever seriously attempts to write a book and an even tinier fraction of those who start writing a book finish their rough drafts. Kudos to you for being so freaking awesome! 

When the champagne is gone, and your exhilaration wanes, you may wonder what the next step is in becoming a published author. Surely there is a step between finishing a rough draft and picking out cover art, but this is your first novel and you're not really sure what that step may be. 

Relax, I've got you covered. The answer is revision. Quite honestly, this step is what makes or breaks a book. A poorly revised manuscript is essentially doomed because literary agents will not take it seriously. 

If you choose not to follow the traditional publishing route and self-publish, reader reviews will become incredibly important. Poorly revised books often get reviews that lament typos and plot holes. I don't like to read books with such issues and have yet to meet a reader who did.

It's okay if your first draft is a hot mess. It's supposed to be. However, the draft you send out to agents or self-publish should be a polished, structurally sound manuscript. Getting from hot mess to pristine prose takes editing, and quite often a second pair of eyes that aren't as familiar with the story.

If you would like to learn more about how to revise your novel or would like some information about hiring outside editors to help you clean up your first draft, come out to the Revise and Submit Seminar in Downtown Orlando tomorrow night. Be sure to say hi to my writing partner, Jaimie M. Engle. She will be teaching editing strategies she developed to help her complete her writing projects, to include one currently being shopped to the Big 5 by her agent.

Revision doesn't have to be scary or tedious, but it will be if you let it. Don't let all of your hard work go to waste. Come out and learn some strategies to help you get one step closer to completing your first book.

Info you need to know:

When: December 2, 2014
Where: Albertson Room of the Orlando Public Library
           101 E. Central St. Downtown Orlando, Florida
When: 6:30 p.m. (7-ish for you late by nature types)

If you aren't able to join us at the seminar, check out Jaimie M. Engle's website: A Writer For Life where she shares some of her best editing tips.

You can also learn more about the seminar and how local authors like Jaimie M. Engle impact our community by following Florida Book News.

Happy editing,


Veteran's Day is More Than a Day Off Work

Veteran's Day holds a special place in my heart. I make a point to spend time each Veteran's Day reflecting on the sacrifices our troops and their families make to ensure our nation's safety and honor. 

My heart goes out to our military families. The sacrifices they make are not lost on me. These families endures months on end of separation from their loved ones with only minimal contact to alleviate the constant worry that coincides with deployments.

Milestones, such as births and anniversaries, are missed and yet forgiven year after year. Military spouses, both male and female, serve our country as single parents more often than they like to let on, and that is no small feat. 

Home front stressors don't disappear when vets leave for war, but still complaints aren't what I usually hear when I speak to military families. The first thing these unsung heroes often say is that they miss their loved ones and can't wait for them to come home. The next thing they usually volunteer is a number. The number of days left until they can hug their loved one again. The number of days until that person is home safe, and the constant worry will subside.

Why do vets do it? From my experience, this isn't an easy question for most service members to answer. I've often heard the reason described as a call to service or a very strong love for what they do. Whether the reason can be articulated properly or not is not of importance. One can see it in a vet's mannerisms. 

I've found that most vets demeanor's change when they talk about their service. The wistful look is them remembering a funny thing that happened with a bunch of other vets. The smile is from a really good day when an important mission was successful. Sometimes there's a tear, and that's for a friend that didn't make it home. On rare occasion, there's a pregnant stare, and that's from a wound that is still trying to heal.   

There are few jobs out there that have this level of impact on one's life. Military service isn't a job by any stretch, but I wouldn't call it a lifestyle either. It's a life all on its own, which helps one understand why people do it. But there's more than that to know, and there's no better day than today to get a closer glimpse at what military service is about.

Taking a moment to learn more about the Armed Forces doesn't have to mean reading a long history book, if that's not your style. The videos I've posted below are not only informative, but also moving. By the time you finish your first cup of coffee, you can have a bigger picture of why our nation's vets are being honored without feeling like you just sat through a history lesson. 

Today is more than just a day off work, and for many vets, today is yet another day with their lives on the line. Don't forget to thank a vet and his or her family members today, and to wish the USMC a very happy birthday. 

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Ten Signs That You Might be Watching Too Much of, 'The Walking Dead'

Where is the line between healthy love and obsession, when it comes to AMC’s post-apocalyptic hit series, The Walking Dead? Read the following list of behaviors to be leery of to find out if you have cause for concern or if you can continue to enjoy your weekly dose of zombie gruesomeness.

Behaviors to watch out for:

1. Hospitals haven’t been the same since Season One.

2. You catch yourself evaluating your neighbors and friends’ statistical chances of surviving the zombie apocalypse.

3. You subconsciously start avoiding the ones that you don’t think will make it.

4. You are seriously considering applying for a concealed weapons permit for the first time in your life.

5. Your spouse, who has only seen bits and pieces of the show, agrees with you about the whole permit thing.

6. You’ve recently developed debilitating fears of open wounds and viral infections that you cannot logically explain to a medical professional. 

7. You can no longer take the trash out at night without doing a perimeter check.

8. There’s been no natural disasters in your community in years, but your pantry houses more canned food and water jugs than an underground nuclear bunker.

9. Your kids know more than one version of a “fire” drill.

10. Seal Team Six couldn’t pull you away from your television on Sunday evening.

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BookIt! Celebrates 30th Birthday by Launching an Alumni Program

If you haven't heard of BookIt!, it's a program to encourage grade school students to read. Beginning in October each year, BookIt! challenges students to set monthly reading goals for six months. When they reach them, they are awarded Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizzas. 

I loved this program as a kid and I love it even more as an educator. Reluctant readers can fall in love with reading, if they find the right book. BookIt! motivates students to read lots of books and thereby helps introduce them to a variety of genres and topics. 

Each year, BookIt! steps up their game by adding to their toolkit. Educators will find mazes, reading logs, and even lesson plans on the BookIt! website to help them incorporate the program into their classes. This year, the website paired with author of the Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney, to create short video stories just for BookIt!. 

BookIt! didn't stop there. Over the years, the program has incorporated challenges like Give Me 20, which calls on students to read for 20 minutes every school day for a week straight. 

They also promote National Young Reader's week through the Principal's Challenge, which tasks principals to read for an entire school day. 

Over the years, principals have taken this challenge to the next level and staked out reading spots in the most unlikely places, such as firetrucks and flag poles. This year, principals can win 101 copies of Jeff Kinney's ninth Wimpy kid book for entering the challenge.

BookIt! also raises donations to fight world hunger through their Read Your Heart Out For Hunger program. Students pledge reading goals and collect donations from family and friends when they reach their marks.  

BookIt! will also land one lucky kid a ride to college. Participants who reach their reading goals every month can enter the BookIt! Fairy Tale giveaway, which awards one reader 30k for college.

BookIt! is celebrating 30 years of promoting youth literacy by launching an alumni program. The simple online registration page asks a few questions about where the participant attended grade school and their chosen profession. Once registration is complete, a map of all BookIt! alumni is displayed. You can also follow BookIt! on Twitter at: #BOOKITKid.

According to the BookIt!, 60 million students have participated in their program since it's inception in 1984. That means one in five of us is alumni and possess stories about the program that can promote literacy when shared. 

Reasons you should register as BookIt! alumni: 

  • Registering is a great way to say thank you to BookIt! for giving you free pizza and introducing you to lots of books when you were a kid. They didn't have to do any of that and you know it made your day when you traded in your certificate for a delicious Personal Pan Pizza.

  • BookIt! is still going strong. Registering as alumni is a way that you can spread the message and help promote literacy in a few minutes. 

  • After registering, you can share about your experiences with your children (nieces, nephews, neighbors' kids--you get the idea) and motivate them to participate in the program. Take it a step farther and share what you are reading now to show that you didn't quit reading when you stopped getting pizza for doing it. 

What do you get in return? You get to revel in your past BookIt! success and promote a lifelong love of the written word simultaneously.

Lastly, it's BookIt!'s birthday. What kind of childhood friend would you be if you didn't grant their birthday wish for lots of registered alumni? And it's not just any birthday, it's BookIt's 30th birthday. Some of us already know how much that milestone sucks.

On behalf of the BookIt! alumni in my household, happy birthday, BookIt! You rock!

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Kindle Scout: Amazon Launches a New Reader's Choice Book Publishing Program

Today, Amazon announced the launch of Kindle Scout, "a reader-powered publishing program" through Kindle Press. The site exudes a crowd source vibe similar to that of Wattpad, the largest community of readers and writers online.

Amazon's soon to be released publishing program is customer nomination based. This means that publishing contracts will be offered to the authors of submissions that receive the most nominations. Kindle Scout can result in a publishing contract with Amazon that renews every five years, offers a $1,500 advance, and publication within 30 days of acceptance.

When Publisher's Weekly announced the Amazon Writing contest last week, the program didn't even have a name. This morning, authors who expressed interest in the program received an e-mail from Amazon formally introducing the program as Kindle Scout.

Many have called for a platform outside of traditional publishing that sells what consumers are hungry for instead of what the Big 5 choose to offer. The source of contention lies in that many feel that the Big 5 publish books based on trends they create and not reader interest. 

The other side of this argument is that the Big 5 has to stay ahead of trends because the publishing process takes anywhere from 12-24 months. The publishing industry is saturated with zombies now, but few if any literary agents are accepting manuscripts that feature them because they are signing clients for the next big trend.

Given that Kindle Scout is guaranteeing a 45 day turnaround on books that consumers choose, the program will publish books that are in demand today by consumers who participate in the nomination process. Whether those nominating books share literary tastes with fellow readers the world over remains to be seen.

A Kindle self-publishing option has existed for years, known as Kindle Direct Publishing, but Kindle Scout isn't a self-publishing program. 

In May, Amazon and Hatchette had a very public and dirty tiff about e-book pricesIt's uncertain whether Kindle Scout is a public relations maneuver to bury the ugliness or a way to recruit authors to write for Amazon in lieu of traditional publishers. The answer could be none of the above. 

To submit their work, authors upload an unpublished manuscript with accompanying cover art, a short blurb, and author bio to Kindle Scout. The submission is vetted and then made available to customers for thirty days online. 

Kindle Scout books are promoted during this time, but few details about the level of promotional activities are provided on the website. Kindle Press promises to do targeted e-mail campaigns, promotions, and enroll published authors in the Kindle Owner's Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited. Authors will earn royalties for being enrolled in these programs. An example of what a Kindle Scout book looks like is here

Books that receive the most nominations are offered five year renewable publishing contracts with Amazon. Many of Amazon's terms are unconventional, including:
  • Authors will keep print books rights for their books 
  • Amazon gets worldwide e-book and audio rights in all languages for five years with an auto-renewing contract
  • Authors earning less than $25,000 over five years can elect not to renew their contract and request their rights back
  • Authors earn 50% royalties on net e-book net revenues, 25% for audio editions, and 20% for translations. Click here for more info about how they factor net revenue
  • Kindle Press only creates audio and e-book versions
  • Kindle Press will provide monthly royalty statements and pay out royalties every 60 days following the end of the month Click here for more info about unaffiliated third party sublicensees and foreign sales
  • Kindle Press doesn't seem interested in first right of refusal on an author's subsequent works and even states that only one book per author is eligible for submission to Kindle Scout at any given time in their Eligibility and Content Guidelines
Kindle Scout has set content standards that allow some sexual content but steer away from graphic violence and excessive use of profanity.

Kindle Scout only accepts unpublished work. Kindle Press considers a work unpublished if it has never been made available for sale. If a book has been posted online for free, that isn't considered published. 10% of an author's work can be posted online for promotional purposes while in the Kindle Scout program.

The program is brand new and won't open up to customer nominations for a few weeks. There are many unknowns at this time to include whether Amazon wants first right of refusal on subsequent work by authors.

Their website states that authors will have an opportunity to make editorial changes before their work is published, and that Amazon retains the right to make edits, with author approval, but doesn't go into detail about how extensive their editing process will be. The website does state that if authors don't provide a final manuscript within 30 days that Kindle Press will publish the initial submission.

If Amazon isn't doing substantial in-house editing, Kindle Scout will further blur the lines between self-published and traditionally published books.

The price for Kindle Scout books hasn't been set but is expected to be between $2.99 and $4.99, with some books possibly being set at $9.99.

The information about Kindle Scout was collected from the program's website. The Kindle Press Submission and Publishing Agreement information is available here. Amazon encourages interested participants to read the agreement before submitting their work.

The overriding question about Kindle Scout is what Amazon's goal is and how it will affect the already volatile publishing industry.

What do you think Amazon's end goal is? How will it affect the Big 5? Share your views in the comments section below.

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Dangerously Close to a Query Letter

Greetings and salutations,

Today, I finished another round of edits on my manuscript. This story of mine is dangerously close to being queried. It feels amazing to make some progress on this project. 

So now I'm going to partake in a celebratory cup of coffee and scroll back to the beginning of my manuscript to begin yet another round of edits. These should be the finishing touches, which is rather exciting. Honestly, I can't wait to edit. I thought I'd never say that.

Happy editing,


Weekend Plans

I'm not sure what the weekend holds in store for you, but I've got BIG editing plans. The goal is to make some real headway on my MS this weekend. I've been 98% done with it for quite some time and I really need to wrap this book up and send it off to agents. Post haste.

Wish me luck!

In the mean time, I'd love to know what this beautiful fall day will find you doing. Share your day's events in the comments section below.

Happy editing,



Truly skilled authors create images in your head and emotions in your heart without having ever met you.

The Motivational Playlist for Writers

Motivation can be hard to find on writing days. It's the little things that often jumpstart or derail me. 

Rain either propels me into higher levels of creativity or plummets me into an unwelcome slumber.

The sultry dark roasts and hipster vibe of Starbucks can be the best writing ambience imaginable. They can also be the worst distractions on Earth. Starbucks is the only place that doesn't sell or loan books where I can lose solid hours of writing time in what seems like five, six minutes tops.

I can't win for losing on those days. The muses obviously want me to goof off instead of buckling down, and I'm not arguing with them.

Good music can be counted on to get me writing most of the time, but it's not a complete failsafe. Usually, I hit play and then smooth words become lyrical phrases on what was once a barren, backlit white space. 

However, I'm just as likely to start dancing around my office while belting out my favorite choruses. It just happens sometimes.

My motivational playlist is reliable because it energizes me to do more than stare at my computer screen thinking about what I'm not doing. 

Anxiety and tension build when I can't get going, but good music helps me find my creative vibe and return to center. 

My hope is that this motivational playlist will aid you in finding your rhythm when you are sitting stalled out in front of your keyboard.

The Motivational Playlist for Writers:

1. METRIC, "Help I'm Alive"

2. LIGHTS, "Up We Go"


4. ECHOSMITH, "Cool Kids"

5. THE SCRIPT, "Superheroes"

6. INGRID MICHAELSON, "Girls Chase Boys"

7. PACIFIC AIR, "Float"

8. MARY LAMBERT, "Secrets"

9. BAD SONS, "Cardiac Arrest"

10. FENCES, "Arrows" (featuring Macklemore)

11. TRAIN, "Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life"

12. THE 1975, "Girls"


14. AMERICAN AUTHORS, "Best Day of My Life"

15. LILY ALLEN, "The Fear"

16. BASTILLE, "Pompeii"

17. CAPITAL CITIES, "Safe and Sound"

18. BECK, "Blue Moon"


20. IMAGINE DRAGONS, "On Top of the World"

21. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, "Coming of Age"


23. ADAM, "Go to Go"

24. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, "Sweater Weather"

25. IMAGINE DRAGONS, "It's Time"

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Free Coffee, Free Coffee, Free Coffee

Dunkin Donuts is celebrating National Coffee Day by giving away free medium hot coffees to all. Yum!

Join me in celebrating the arrival of autumn with a dark roast.


Haunted Waters Press Gives Away Free Downloads

Greetings readers,

Haunted Waters Press is giving away free digital downloads of past issues of From the Depths. I can assure that the authors did not disappoint, and neither did the artwork. This is by far the most beautifully illustrated anthology on the market.

Be sure to check out my micro fiction piece in the Fall 2013 issue, Stories From HomeExcised is a story about never wanting to leave home, created with only thirteen precious words.

I am incredibly proud to have been a part of From the Depths.  Look for my piece in the chapter entitled, Penny Fiction in the Thirteen Lovely Words collection on page twenty-five.

Happy reading,


BOGO at Starbucks!

Today from 2-6pm, Starbucks is having a BOGO on Spiced Chai Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and Caramel Salted Lattes.



New Author Pic

Greetings and salutations!

I am posting my new author pic below. It's from an author photo shoot I did recently. There were a lot of other really great shots that I will post in the near future. I hope you all are as excited as I am. 

I'm also including a link to Cynthia's Custom Creations in case you would like to see some of the other shots, find out more about the photo shoot, or learn more about the photographer who made it all happen.

Happy viewing,


Free Download of Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light


Here's a link to score a free download of Jaimie Engle's Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light. This book is a great middle grade historical fantasy with phenomenal reviews. Check it out.

Happy reading,


Strange Musings Press Releases First Issue of Romantic Ruckus

I am thrilled to announce that Strange Musings Press has released the first issue of Romantic Ruckus. I am honored to have one of my favorite stories featured in this anthology. Here's some info about my story in case you are curious about my take on romance.

The Good Whiskey Made Me Do It is a humorous romantic story of love gone wrong.

What really happens when the common man comes into money? Jeff inherits not only wealth, but also wisdom, and his wife doesn’t approve of the latter. His problems don’t end there, and he blames it all on the good whiskey.

Happy reading,


Yahoo Contributor Network is Folding

Unfortunately, Yahoo Contributor Network is folding. If you haven't had a chance to read the articles I published through Yahoo, and would like to check them out, click on the links below. 

Ten Signs you Might be Watching Too Much of "The Walking Dead"

What's so Alluring About the Zombie Apocalypse?

10 Things that Change When a Woman Turns 30

Happy reading,


Another Edit Down


I have completed another edit on my novel and am ready to dive into what I think is my eleventh go round. Edits are easier toward the end of a novel, but that doesn't make them a walk in the park. It's hard to believe the little errors that you catch this close to completion (missing words, extra words, minor plot holes) but with each one I catch, I come closer to querying my novel to agents. 

Here's to a hard days edits, and the day after that, and the day after that. Cheers!

Happy editing,


Another Edit Down

Just finished another edit. Feels great. Time to go back to page one.

Writer Problem #154

You know you have a problem when you plan your day around which Starbucks locations will honor your rewards card.

Facebook Author Page: Christine Edwards

Here's a link to my Facebook Author Page, where all the latest info on my writing is sure to be!

Happy reading,


Strange Musings Press Releases Debut Alternate Hilarities Anthology

I am thrilled to announce that Strange Musings Press has released their first Alternate Hilarities anthology. This witty compilation of science fiction, horror, and other oddities is sure to suck in a die hard fan base. I am so excited to be a contributing author to this first of many anthologies. 

In addition to this, I am honored to be a contributing author in Strange Musings Press' upcoming Romantic Ruckus anthology. Be sure to check back for information about the release date of this collection of tales of love gone horribly wrong.

In the mean time, here is some more info about Strange Musings Press and my story, Free Bodies, which is featured in their first anthology. 

Happy reading,



Free Bodies is a micro-fiction horror story.

The undead shop for unoccupied bodies to wear in the same way the living peruse for new threads. Kellen thinks little of the people whose bodies he lists online, until one day his is up for grabs.

This piece was published by Strange Musings Press in their debut Alternate Hilarities anthology.

Strange Musings Press publishes witty stories in a variety of genres, namely science fiction and romance. The press is about to release their first Romantic Ruckus anthology. Be sure to visit their website to learn more, but here is a sneak peek of the cover graphic.


Perseverance. That is the key to a successful writing career. Ask anyone who has ever dared to tempt this feat.

The most rewarding part of belonging to the writing community is seeing perseverance pay off. I didn't realize how gratifying this feeling could be until my dear friend and writing partner, Jaimie Engle, landed an agent a few weeks back. 

Years of watching her toil on drafts and rewrites, and edits on those rewrites, flashed through my head. Hours of plot hole fixing and brainstorming echoed in my ears. The memories were spinning so fast, and standing still simultaneously. 

I can't even imagine what that moment will feel like for me, but I also don't want to. I'm enjoying watching Jaimie kill it right now. 

If you don't feel this way about the successes your writing partner experiences, take a moment to do some self reflection to find out why. Work it out and then come back into the fold. Never forget that someone else's success doesn't diminish yours.

There are not a finite number of book deals out there. In fact, there are an infinite number of book deals out there. If your book is so inside the box that someone else's book fits your mold, that writer landing a book deal is not what is keeping you from bestseller status--your generic idea is.

But this post is meant to be upbeat. My BFF just landed an agent for her spectacular MG MS. If you want to know how she did it check out her interview with Query Tracker: A QueryTracker Success Story. Put to memory her tips and soak up her inspirational story. Use her success story to push you through your drafts, rewrites, and edits on your rewrites. That's what I plan to do.

Congrats again Jaimie Engle, you so deserve it!

Happy writing,


A Life of Hard Labor

Greetings all,

A full day of editing awaits me. As I brewed my first pot of coffee this morning, the thought occurred to me that someone should've warned my coffee pot that it had been condemned to a life of hard labor. Poor coffee pot.  : (

Happy editing,


What Editors Want to See in 2014

Greetings writers,

Found this little nugget of goodness and thought I'd share. Here's an article which lists what twenty-one editors are hoping to find: What US Editors Want 2014.

Happy querying,


Quote of the Day

I have no idea why anyone believes that strong people can't be hurt. Even diamonds can be cut--Christine Edwards


Hello bookish friends,

Just wanted to let you all know that I still believe in 398.2.

What is 398.2? It is the Dewey Decimal System numerical location of the fairy tale section. 

I hope you believe in 398.2 as well. And if you do, feel free to share your favorites in the comments section below.


Space Coast Writer's Guild conference 2014

Greetings writers!

The annual Space Coast Writer's Guild conference is coming up on January 24-26th. If you are interested in meeting literary agents and learning more about the writing craft itself, come on out!

Here's a link to the SCWG website where you can learn more about the guild and the workshops offered during our conference.

See you there!

Horrid Little Gremlins

I think horrid little gremlins are stealing into my house at night to insert typos, delete words, and add plot holes to my manuscript.



Great Motivation for Writers

I've posted this video before, but I'm doing it again. This video is great motivation to be creative and see a project through to completion. 



Happy writing,