"It's the most wonderful time of the year...." It's a time filled with joy and jam-packed with stress. The pressure's on to find that perfect gift, attend party after party, and make merry with family both near and far. If you're a writer querying agents or editors this holiday season, your stress level may be over the top. Fear not! There's hope for maintaining a sense of calm while querying on this holiday season. The trick is to S.T.O.P. Literally.
I’m not much of an actor. I remember liking the idea of acting when I was young. But occasionally an opportunity to be in a classroom skit or presentation would come along, and I would find myself embarrassed and nervously giggling my way through my lines, wondering why the heck I thought it would be... Continue Reading →
When my son, Josh, was about 9 months old, we went into the pediatrician for his well-check. We loved the well-checks, because it was fun to see how he was progressing, and to just be reassured that everything was okay. Josh was our first child, so everything he did as a baby felt amazing and... Continue Reading →
...at least if you're the winner of Sub It Club's Submission Bingo. I'm happy to announce that Brenda Yun has won our current round. Woo hoo! Congrats, Brenda! Brenda has been querying her #ownvoices work of adult upmarket fiction since late March. In that time, she's racked up 20 rejections, and still has 5 fulls and 2 partials... Continue Reading →
I am not the most organized person. Wait. I take that back. I do pretty well for someone who refuses to make a list. My kids get dressed and fed on a regular basis, and sometimes even get bathed. That’s got to count for something, right? But I definitely can be one of those clichéd... Continue Reading →
I love avocados. When we first bought our house in the Central Valley of California, we considered planting an avocado tree in our backyard. The idea of it was so exciting. Can you imagine being able to walk into your backyard and pick a fresh avocado off your very own tree? Hmmm, what do I... Continue Reading →