Just Enough Rain

Just Enough Rain

After a spring of record flooding, the summer has turned dry. Dust blows over the gravel roads to and from Girl Scout Camp. Farmers scan the sky, and my husband hauls out the hose to water the garden. We’ve left

Checkpoint

Image of WWII German Checkpoint

So, agent #60 has passed on THE LIGHTED HEART, and 60 seems like a nice milestone at which to pause and reflect on my submission process. Actually, not all 60 have been agents. Three have been novel contests, one of

Reviews Redux: Extra Considerations

Reviews Redux: Extra Considerations

So far in this series, we’ve pondered why to write reviews, how to write reviews, and how to respond when your work is reviewed. The prevailing theme, as we’ve discussed, is to be professional and courteous, which sounds like good

How to Respond to Reviews

How to Respond to Reviews

You did it! You wrote a thing, and you published it. It’s out there for the world to see. You want people to read it. You’re asking people to read it. You’ve sent all your favorite people free copies, hoping

How to Write a Book Review

How to Write a Book Review

In part one of this series, I discussed several reasons to write a book review, which boil down to one main reason: other readers (and the author, but primarily other readers) want to know what you think. There are ancillary

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