First, some random tidbits of information: My book has a release date! Mark your calendars for January 8th, 2019. (Yep, a year and a half away. Not that I’m counting or anything.) You can add my book on Goodreads! It’s getting real folks. There’s a Q&A author interview with me on the Swoon Reads blog. Just ignore how awkward I am in the video … I’ve updated the ways you can subscribe. Now you can subscribe to blog posts, discounts and freebies, or information on author events and book releases. You can pick and choose what information you want to receive. Win-win! And no, I won’t tell you how long it took me to figure out how […]
I’ve been keeping a secret … My book is going to be published by Swoon Reads under Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan! You guys. Seriously. I have no words to express how ridiculously happy this makes me! As many of you know, publishing is a crazy-hard industry to break into and it’s not like my path to publication has been a walk in the park. I’ve been writing for years. I’ve sent out hundreds of queries. I’ve gotten SO CLOSE so many times. I almost signed with a couple of different agents. I received an offer from a small press, but ended up passing on it. The agent I *did* ultimately sign with ended up leaving the industry. I kept […]
If you’re subscribed via email to my blog, you may have noticed that you kept getting old posts delivered to your inbox. Not cool. Feedburner (the email client I used) was misbehaving, so I gave it the boot. The first time it happened, it was because I transferred by blog from http to https – meaning everything is now all secure. Yay! So it re-indexed my entire site and thought everything was new, because the URL now had an S in it. Boo. That was annoying, but I could forgive them for that. The second time it happened, it was because I edited some old posts. Well, I clicked on ‘edit’ but then I didn’t […]
I know it’s a little strange, but I actually like getting my picture taken. Well, when I’ve had a chance to get all gussied up first, that is. When I was visiting family in Montana, my awesomely talented brother Scott Frisby took some headshots for me. Here are a few of my favorites: Also, you may have noticed that things look a little different around here. With the time I took off from social media, I redesigned my website! Take a look around and make sure you head over to my homepage, because that coding took forever to get it the way I wanted 😉 I’ll slowly be dipping my toes into the social media […]
There’s too much stuff going on in my own life and online for me to keep up with it all. So, I’m going to be taking a break from all things social media/blogging/Internet for a bit. If any of you sign with agents, get book deals, or do something exciting, please email me about it! I’d love to freak out with you!
The Storymakers conference is now over, and already I’m going through withdrawals. I love meeting up with writerly friends. I hung out with these gals a lot, and also Ken Curtis and Darci Cole. Lindsay Sanchez, Tiana Smith, Catherine Christensen, Brookie Cowles On Thursday there was a karaoke/dance party to kick things off before thing officially began and I can pretty much guarantee I embarrassed myself. Us writers are a strange breed though, so I was in good company. Tiana Smith, Darci Cole I learned so much. The workshops that really helped me this year focused a lot on plotting (Brandon Sanderson‘s intensive class on his own plotting method, plus the 9 point plot method). Because I […]
You guys, I finally have my own space for my writing! It’s something I’ve been wanting for a very long time. Up until now I’ve just been using my couch, but I really wanted a desk. I also wanted built-in bookshelves for all my books (or at least a good portion of them) but it just didn’t seem like a financial reality. (Built-ins are expensive guys!) But my hubby has been getting pretty handy with projects lately, so I enlisted him to help with making them. We started with IKEA bookshelves and just built around them so that they looked built in. We added crown molding and a baseboard so that it truly became a […]
It’s been a while since my last post, but that’s just because I’ve been so busy editing my book that I’ve barely come up for air. But I have good news! I’m *almost* done with edits. Yep, still not done, but I’m in the final stretch. It’s funny, I used to think of revisions as a minor thing, with a few words added in, maybe some deleted scenes or rearranged sentences. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Yeah, I was totally wrong. Maybe that was how I edited past books, but now I can see that my attitude about editing was probably why those books have languished on my computer. I’ve added over 20,000 words during this […]
It’s no secret that I like writing the first draft better than edits. Here’s how I feel about editing SCRATCH THAT so far: It seems like there’s no end in sight. Pray for me.
The other day on Twitter, Akshaya R. and Ella Dyson were talking in Disney puns and of course I had to weasel myself into their conversation, because, hello, DISNEY PUNS. Then something magical happened (as often happens when talking of the magical kingdom) and I knew I had to take things one step further than just being punny on Twitter. A short while later, this song was born. I dedicate it to you, fellow writers. Let it be your battle cry. I’ll Make a Man(uscript) out of You (sung to Mulan’s I’ll Make a Man out of You, obvs.) Let’s get down to business To defeat this scene. Did they send me water When I asked […]