Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Author School Visit Tips & November IWSG

I'm not an expert, by no means. But I've had the privilege of visiting several schools recently and a presentation to a writing group of young adults this past summer. I'd like to share a few pointers I've picked up.

Don't allow last minute changes to fluster you. Don't let them ruin a visit / reading. 

Be prepared for anything. :)

Do design your presentation age appropriate. High school'ers probably won't be interested in listening to a picture book, but they'll enjoy a talk about the writing process or revision.

Do bring a bottle of water and a hearty snack (if not lunch). 2 Fig Newtons will not carry you through the day, no matter what you think.

Do ask the campus media specialist to help prepare for your presentation ahead of time. Remember the 5 P's. Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Presentations.

Do ask a teacher or the librarian to assist with crowd control during your presentations. Trust me. Remember, you're "famous".

Remember they will want to hug you. Give the little darlings the love they deserve, but remember to bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands often.

As for questions & answers
Do keep questions on track. 
Remind them questions have a ? at the end.
Ask them to only ask questions regarding your book(s), subject of books or writing, their own writing or something about your writing / revising process. If you like Fruit Loops isn't important.

The youngsters love to tell you the "parts"of a book, and what a writer does and what the illustrator does. Ask them!

And most of all... Do have fun. They will love you. Remember you're a rock star in their eyes.


It's IWSG time! Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writers. Thanks to the co-hosts this month: LG Keltner, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard and SL Hennessy!

I'm still neck deep in revisions, but I'm almost finished! I can finally see the light. Then off to my agent. Yay!

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo... write on!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October IWSG: Harvesting a Pearl (A Few Thoughts on Revision)

If y'all are anything like my friends and family, you're probably thinking, "Be done with it woman! Aren't you finished revising that darn manuscript yet?" I won't bore you with all the gritty details, because well, most likely most of you understand where I'm coming from. But here's the gist of it. 

No. I'm not finished yet. (Darn it) Did you know it takes 1 to 6 years for a freshwater pearl to form? 5-20 years if we're talking saltwater. 

In light of it being post day for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, I'm sharing a few good revision gems. Make sure to visit the IWSG website to find out how the anniversary will be celebrated this year. Best of luck to all of you who're submitting to the anthology!! Me, I'll have to pass, so I can complete the pearling process.

Revision Gems 

~Until next time, write on, y'all!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sept. IWSG: Blogging Struggles, Big Girl Pants, & Honing the Craft

What do these 3 things have in common? For me, everything.

It's no secret, I've lost that bloggin' feelin'. I can hear Maverick and Goose serenading me as I write this post. (Yeah, right.) But seriously, folks, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Since I decided to reduce my blogging down to once a month (IWSG post day), I've not only lost followers, but my comments went down from between 50-75, down to 4. I've been a lousy blogger. I can only blame myself. Really. 

But I'm getting the work done. Perfecting my manuscript. Honing my craft. Every time I make a pass, the manuscript only improves. I won't lose focus of the big picture. Publication. Because truth is, it's why I've set out on this journey.

So, no pity party. I wear big girl pants. 

I have to endure the struggle. No matter what the cost. 

My copy w/ younger sibling scribbles
Honing Your Craft

I read CALL OF THE WILD in 1981. My copy still sits on my bookshelf today. Jack London and his character Buck made quite an impression on me back then. I'd like to share his philosophy about honing your craft.

1. Be decisive, choose something, then attack it.
2. Be persistent, endure struggle, and hone your craft.
3. Develop a routine and be relentless about it.
4. Settle into a groove and make the act of creating part of your life.

This article here goes on to say, Jack London was "horrifyingly prolific" when it came to writing. *whistles* What I wouldn't give to have someone say that about me some day. Wishes do no harm, right?


You can find out more about the Insecure Writer's Support Group here. Visit the link to find out how we're celebrating our 3 year anniversary! You can also join the group on Facebook. Please join me in thanks to Alex Cavanaugh (our mighty Ninja host) and his awesome co-hosts for the September, Laura at My Baffling Brain, Mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham!

Write on, folks!