2015 Books in Review

2015 Books in Review Adult Mystery/Thriller (14) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny Disclaimer by Renee Knight Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Gangsterland by Tod Goldberg The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi The Secret Place by Tana French A Trick of the Light …

Pitch Wars: What time is it? Show time!

Pitch Wars is over, and it’s been quite a ride. In September, after making my scene map, I was floundering in my revisions. Then I listened to NPR’s First Listen of Hamilton, and it reminded me of why I wrote my book in the first place: I love musical theater. Every time you listen to Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, there …

Pitch Wars: More revisions

As I’ve written before, this book has already been through a lot of revisions. But after I began querying and received a few rejections, I knew it needed a new person, preferably an agented author. This person would know the industry, be unafraid of hurting my feelings, and would say “cut this, add this.” * Laura’s edits are spot-on, she …

PitchWars: On revisions

One would think, having spent my career in journalism, I’d be used to the revision process. Literally I spend my days making notes on other writers’ work, or having my own work marked up in red pen. Revising one’s novel is a whole different ball of wax. CALLBACK is on version 10. While the main characters and storyline has stayed …

PitchWars!: On rejection and success

Here’s what I did upon seeing my name on the PitchWars 2015 list: Jump off my  couch and run to my husband’s office, leaping all the way and scaring the hell out of my cats. I am thrilled to be mentored by the amazing Laura Heffernan, and working with Krista Merle on #TeamAwesome. Hands down PitchWars is the best thing …

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