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Standing At The Crossroads

A crossroads can be a tricky place. Which way do you go? What if one path is blocked? Do you have a plan?

Before I set out on my PitchWars adventure, I had a plan. I knew what I wanted, where I wanted to go, and what personal goals needed to be accomplished. For the most part this plan has worked out, a few goals were accomplished, and I even landed  in a few surprises along the way.

With the list reveal only days away, I find myself standing at a crossroads now. And guess what? I have a plan. Okay, I have many plans.

  • What happens if I get chosen as a mentee? That one’s easy. I squeal in excitement, read my edit letter, go through whatever feels I need after reading, and then get to work on my submission piece, Secrets of Sgådnor...
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Managing Time as a Writer

Managing time is not a rodeo I’m unfamiliar with, but this past week has definitely challenged my schedule.  Between family obligations, out of town visitors, writing, editing, and critiques, I’ve been sleeping less and wrapped around my kindle a lot more than normal. On top of it all, I still have a paid job I need to keep on top of. Over the course of nearly a decade of contract work, here’s what I’ve discovered:

  1. Make time for yourself. No matter how exhausted you are, or how many projects are brewing on your plate, downtime will help clear out the numbness and cobwebs. When working on several projects at once, an agile, refreshed mind is a must.
  2. Eat real food. I can not stress this enough...
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Simple Blogger Tips

Did you know that I can look at a blog and tell you exactly why you’re losing traffic? Or not getting the users numbers you wish to see?

^In many cases this is true. The more I poke around blog sites these days at what other authors and writers are doing, the more I see the same mistakes happening over and over again. And guess what? You’re not alone. I also see some of this stuff happening on  large corporate websites, though those cases are a little bit rarer.

In most cases, it’s not the writing. Yay! However, for any bloggers out there who are scratching their heads and trying to figure out why their blog is driving users away instead of pulling them in, here are some quick and dirty blog tips to help you along.

On average, you have 15 seconds to capture your audience...

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The Reading List

Truth? Hands down I’m a Science Fiction and Fantasy nerd. Doesn’t matter what form it comes in, chances are I’m going to read, watch or listen, even if it’s full of the same old stuff so many other stories offer. However, there does come a point where I start to get nit-picky.

YA: Sure, there’s some decent stories out there, and I have been surprised before. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a perfect example. When I first set out to read this book, I was really skeptical. However, Sue crafted her words in such a way that you feel the characters come to life without sacrificing the language to support younger minds. For the most part, I prefer to keep YA (and most children’s) stories far out of my reach. Back room please!

Why? I’m an adult, and I like adulting.

So I’ve taken the ...

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