Finding the Fit

Finding the Fit

I keep running into this word lately in my writing life: “fit.” Agents politely inform me that my novel is not the right fit for their list. (What, their list doesn’t have room for an intelligent, ambitious young woman from

Wild Fantasies

Wild Fantasies

It’s a new year. Time to make resolutions, plans, and goals. Since thoughts create reality, and imagining something very specifically is said to bring it to life, I’m indulging in a sequence of wild and very specific fantasies around successfully

Only Connect

Only Connect

There’s been a lot to celebrate in the writing life so far this November. Since I haven’t yet configured a newsletter that will charmingly organize all the things, I will merely list them. THE NECESSARIES is out in print on

Writing Over vs. Overwrought

Writing Over vs. Overwrought

I recently had accepted for publication a story I’ve been sending out for 4 years and have been working on for far longer. So first and foremost, hooray for that. I won’t say where until the publisher confirms that they

Advance copies of THE NECESSARIES

Advance copies of THE NECESSARIES

So I just got a box of Advance Reader Copies for my new collection The Necessaries, and I’m noticing how the delirious joy of having a copy of one’s book to hold in one’s hands gets overwhelmed fairly quickly by

When It Works

When It Works

We all know what the ideal route to publication looks like. It’s a walk through the park with a few major landmarks: Draft, stew a bit, finish draft, let it rest. Get reader feedback. Revise. Rest again. Revise some more,