WIP Award Submission

Earlier this week I got my picture book critique back from Jess Carroll. It was very helpful to me in revising the manuscript for Charley Finds Her Family. Jess pointed out areas where I was describing too much in the text, which should be left to the illustrator. She also suggested different ways to reword parts to […]

Sarah for the contest win!

Last week I posted about a weekly contest from Jess Carroll for a free picture book critique. And I won! So I sent Charley Finds Her Family off to her and I’m just waiting (10-14 days) for her feedback. Hopefully she’ll get it back to me before the end of the month, because that’s the deadline […]

Picture book critique raffle!

Enter to win a free picture book manuscript critique from Jess Carroll, a Canadian children’s writer and illustrator! There are four different ways to enter at the link below. A critique can help you to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your story, and improve it overall in preparation for querying agents or publishers. GIVING BACK

To self-publish or not to self-publish…

That is the question. Yes, I’ve been querying agents and small publishers for Charley’s book. No, it hasn’t been very long since I began querying. But I’m an impatient person. I want to share Charley with the world! I want to publish this book! Now! So I toy with the idea of self-publishing her story. […]

Sample illustration

I’ve queried a few agents and publishers for Charley Finds Her Family, but haven’t had any interest yet. I wonder if part of the problem is that they don’t have any idea who these characters are, what they look like. With that in mind, I commissioned a sample illustration of all four of my characters […]

Santa’s Got a Brand New App

Santa finally joins the tech era and updates his Naughty List processing to an app on his phone instead of the overlarge tome. But what happens when a mischievous boy gets his hands on Santa’s phone? A short-short story of hockey, mischief, and redemption. Just in time for the holidays! This short story is available from […]


I just checked the date stamp on my WIP and I haven’t touched the file since 26 October! I’ve gotten caught up in querying both News from Ludicrous and Charley Finds Her Family, and obsessively checking Query Tracker and my email. Bad author! I just don’t seem to have the motivation to get back into The […]

Trouble writing complex, flawed characters?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a good resource to study if you want to write witty, snappy dialogue with really good pacing. Today I want to talk about a resource to study when you want to create complex, very human characters: Garden State, written and directed by Zach Braff (more widely known […]

Astonishingly bad editorial feedback

In a Facebook group this morning, a reference to this blog post by Leonard Chang surfaced*. As an editor, I was astonished by the lack of sensitivity shown by this editor. This person actually thinks it’s okay for the author to have his character look in the mirror and “show how she sees her slanted […]

Crossing Genres

Have you ever been wandering happily along, writing your stuff, thinking you’ll be an [insert genre] writer forever and then BAM! you get inspiration in some radically different direction? Well I have. I’m still querying my women’s fiction manuscript, and trying to prod myself back into the paranormal manuscript. And now, suddenly, I have a […]