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Writing a Novel in 9 minutes a Day? Is that Possible?

“The 9 Minute Novelist”–the title of an article I read in 30-second intervals while at a coffee shop with my six-year old.  This article in Writers’ Digest was made for someone like me. Maybe the fact that I have to … Continue reading

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Best Advice to Beginning Novelists: Don’t Write Chapter 1

At a writers’ critique group last night, a young writer brought the opening chapter for the group to read, trying to get everything just right. But the advice of two experienced novelists was astonishing. It was counter-intuitive. I wish someone … Continue reading

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My Current Step in Publishing: Looking for an Agent

So just last month, I went to a conference for writers, on the search for an agent to help me find a publisher for my novel. Yes, in my world it’s a feat–my husband stayed home with the kids for … Continue reading

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Six Lessons from Employing Mr. Mom

So, in a rare twist of events, the back-to-back scheduling of two conferences forced an untried scenario: Daddy home all day (and even some nights) alone with the kids while I was away–for 6 days! We’ve done a few days … Continue reading

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Looking for Readers for My Novel

Love to read contemporary/literary fiction about family secrets, marriage and forgiveness? I’m looking for volunteer readers to let me know what works and if I’m really done with this novel yet! Continue reading

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Finding an Editor: Genre Matters (And sometimes, maybe you just have to do it yourself!)

Hiring an editor. It always made me feel like things are progressing. But how do you find the right one?
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