The Verdict

In my last newsletter, “Editing Out the Lightbulb”, I asked for feedback on how to begin The Devil Particle and received twenty-four responses! To refresh your memory, here were the choices:   “The burnt-out lightbulb makes a satisfying ‘pop’ as I...

Editing Out the Lightbulb

I’m in the process of reworking the beginning of my young adult dystopian novel The Devil Particle and could use some help. Which of the following book openings do you prefer? Which book would you be more likely to keep reading? Let me know! “The burnt-out...

Waiting is the Hard Part

Not that long ago, writers had only one way to get published — acquire a literary agent who would then sell the book to a publisher, the traditional route to publication. Oh sure, Charles Dickens self-published A Christmas Carol and Beatrix Potter...

A Perfect Writing Week

Do you have a passion, something that excites and inspires you? Painting, gardening, tennis, playing a musical instrument, cooking? How often do you get to pursue it? What would it be like if you had six days devoted exclusively to that passion? From June 17th to the...

Literary Event Challenge

I’ll be going through a bit of withdrawal this weekend. It’s the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Literary Festival and for the first time in years, I won’t be there. Attending this wonderful two-day event was something I did with my daughters,...

Great Summer Reads

This weekend kicks off the start of summer with the opening of neighborhood swimming pools, Memorial Day parades, and celebrations like the World’s Largest Brat Fest in Madison. Summer is also the perfect time to relax at the beach, at an outdoor cafe, or in a...