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7 different types of romance subgenres
June 24, 2018
All The Kissing
Whether you’re first getting started as a romance writer or if you’re just plain unfamiliar with the genre, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the different types of romance. From contemporary to fantasy there’s a plethora of options, and each one has specific characteristics or expectations. And while we...
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Signing with Cate Hart of Corvisiero Literary Agency
September 20, 2017
Querying Advice
The day has finally come for me to announce that I have an agent! As of Sept.19, 2017, I am now officially represented by Cate Hart of Corvisiero Literary Agency — and I couldn't be happier. From the moment we chatted on the phone about DANGEROUS BEASTS, the MS in question, I knew my book was in good hands. Her...
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Tips and tidbits from an online writing contest junkie
August 2, 2017
Drafting & Editing
It's been a hot minute since my last post. Between tying the knot and an extended European honeymoon, I haven't had much time to devote to my blog. My sincerest apologies! When I did have time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), I focused my efforts on my current MS or Twitter contests. So to get back in...
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Similes and metaphors in writing
December 16, 2016
Drafting & Editing
Welcome back to my third installment of the revision series where I share tips and tricks I learned during my time in #PitchWars! Last week, we talked about filler and filter words, so if you need a refresher, be sure to check it out. Today, we're going to cover similes and metaphors in writing. Mainly, when to u...
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Every writer's curse — filler & filter words
December 9, 2016
Drafting & Editing
Welcome back and thanks for reading! This week on my revision series, we're going to look into the use of filler and filter words. I'm fairly certain this is an issue for all writers, regardless of POV, tense, genre, category, etc., but as someone who just finished a first-person, past-tense novel, a lot of my exa...
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Character sheets & mannerisms
December 2, 2016
Drafting & Editing
It's officially December! In the spirit of giving, I've decided to do a weekly blog post with revision hints and tips that I've learned throughout the Pitch Wars process. Some things I discovered while working with my CP and beta readers, others (and let's be honest, most) I learned from my talented mentor. So ...
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The final countdown: PitchWars agent showcase
November 2, 2016
Writing Contests
November 3 is tomorrow, and that means the PitchWars agent showcase is practically here. I've been knee-deep in editing for the past few months, hence my lack of posts and significant dive in social media (sorry, Klout). I've learned so much about my craft and what it takes to truly shine my MS. Post PitchWars, I'...
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PitchWars 2016 mentee courtesy of Layla Reyne
August 25, 2016
Writing Contests
For those of you who have been following the PitchWars frenzy, you all know that last night, the sly Brenda Drake released this year's mentee picks early (you wily girl, you). I've been working overtime to polish my MS and make it shine for potential mentors. So as you can imagine, the possibility of being a Pitc...
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Trends I've noticed during writing contests
August 17, 2016
Writing Contests
Let me preface this by saying I am but a humble writer with aspirations of becoming a novelist. I'm not a mentor (something one might find in Brenda Drake's amazing Pitch Wars contest). I haven't penned a best seller. I'm not agented. One day, I hope to be a mentor with a wondrously amazing novel and a kick-ass ag...
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PitchWars 2016 mentee bio
June 28, 2016
Writing Contests
Guys, it's that time of year again. PitchWars fever has taken over Twitter, and I've decided to jump on that train. Again. Because let's be real — I love riding at high speeds toward potential critiques that could drastically improve my project. So without further ado, here is my 2016 mentee bio. Bring. It. On....
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