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What Agents *Really* Want in a Query Letter

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First of all, if you weren’t at the RWA conference, check out my contest for a free book from the RWA registration bags. The deadline to enter is midnight, August 16th. So my new RWA-buddy, Roni Loren, posted a great article on her blog about the QueryFest workshop.  When I kept finding myself wanting to […]

August 11, 2010

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How I Got 80 Free Books & a Contest!

Book Cover for Wicked Becomes You

Woo Hoo!  It’s time for my first contest on this blog.  I’ll be giving away the book Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran. But first, the answer to your question… Why did I get so many books? Several times at the RWA National Conference, I heard this advice:  The best way to determine if your […]

August 10, 2010

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When does a Perfectionist call something DONE?

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This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but people have asked me about it, so here goes: I’m not perfect. Yep, it’s true.  Just because I’m a perfectionist does not mean that I am, in fact, perfect.  Far from it to be honest.  It only means that I really, really, really want my work […]

August 6, 2010

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Are Writers Conferences Worth It?

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I’ve now recovered enough from the RWA National Conference to talk about my experience.  *takes deep breath*  Er, or not… The word “overwhelming” was invented for experiences like this.  I can try to describe it, but I fear I’ll run out of words (a horrifying thought for a writer!).  It was fabulous to meet so […]

August 4, 2010

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What Are You Willing to Risk For Your Dream?

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I leave today for the RWA National Conference in Florida.  After weeks of planning, shopping, and packing, and after spending way too much money on  airfare and a new wardrobe (my usual Arizona t-shirt and shorts wouldn’t cut it at a professional conference), I find myself wondering if it’s all worth it. The answer is […]

July 27, 2010

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The Mega-Huge Ultimate RWA Packing List

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I’m leaving in a couple of days to attend my first ever writers’ conference—the RWA National Conference, the mother of all big genre conferences.  So, how does a control-freak perfectionist prepare for this overwhelming experience?  With color-coded, prioritized spreadsheets to keep track of all the hundreds of workshops (last weekend’s project) and lots (and lots!) […]

July 21, 2010

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Multiple Personality Disorder? No, I’m a Writer.

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(No disrespect to anyone—crazy, insane, loony, committed, batty, bizarre, eccentric, daft, demented, deranged, or otherwise—is intended by this post.) When is a crazy person not a crazy person?  When they’re a writer. Writers can have hundreds of imaginary friends.  No, I’m not crazy, I’m just talking to my characters. Writers can allow their characters to […]

July 20, 2010

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A Perfectionist’s Guide to Website Creation, Part Three

Professional Businesswoman

In Part One, I covered the infrastructure of my website, and in Part Two, I touched on some of the ways I customized my website.  But the issue really comes down to why.  Why would I spend so much time being nitpicky and adding functionality that I won’t need until way down the line? Besides […]

July 19, 2010

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A Perfectionist’s Guide to Website Creation, Part Two

The Proverbial Magic Hat

So in the last post, I explained how I decided on the infrastructure of my website. Yadda, yadda. Boring. But this time, I’ll talk about the magic of website creation. For those of you that do this stuff for a living, this will probably all be old hat. Er, yeah, I didn’t actually intend that […]

July 14, 2010

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A Perfectionist’s Guide to Website Creation, Part One

As this post makes abundantly clear, I now have a blog. A whole website, in fact. If I were anyone else (i.e. a sane person), I would have set up a simple blog on Blogger and called it done. However, in case there was any doubt, let me state for the record, I am not […]

July 12, 2010

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