Common Openers to Avoid -- on DIY MFA

In this new article up on DIY MFA, I discuss five beginnings to novels (or short stories) I see all too frequently in my capacity as an acquiring editor. From characters waking up to sudden screaming, here are some openers you may want to avoid, and why. Check out the article "Bad Beginnings: Five Story Openers to Avoid" here!

New Work on DIY MFA

Reading my poetry at the Three Rooms Press Prose! Poetry! Party!

Reading my poetry at the Three Rooms Press Prose! Poetry! Party!

I am pleased to announce that I have two new articles up on DIY MFA. If you're considering submitting your book to a publisher, check out The Eight Most Common Reasons I Send a Rejection, and if you've already signed a contract, here are some practical suggestions for How to Streamline Your Editing Experience

And, belatedly, I'm excited to share with you that DIY MFA named me one of five writers who made an impact on that site! Thank you to Gabriela Pereira, Bess Cozby, and the team at DIY MFA for this honor! 


New Articles on DIY MFA

Check out my latest pieces on the publishing industry, now up on DIY MFA! "Why You Should Give an Indie Press a Chance" tells of the advantages of publishing with small, passionate presses (such as Three Room Press!) and "Ten Do's and Don'ts of Query Letters" will help you write the best, most persuasive query letter to keep your prospective editor reading. Happy reading! 

Now on DIY MFA: Part 2 of the Book Publication Process

Continuing in my role as regular columnist for DIY MFA, I've written Part 2 of "A Walk-Through of the Book Publication Process." And even better, it's now up for you to read on the DIY MFA website. If you're thinking about writing a novel or submitting to agents/editors, give it a read. I try to dispel some common misconceptions and give you a real sense of what it will take to turn your manuscript into a proper, published book.

Read the full article here. Got any questions about the process? Send me a message or leave a comment below and I would be glad to answer!

Take a look behind the curtain at DIY MFA

I'm thrilled to announce that I have joined the DIY MFA crew as a regular columnist! DIY MFA offers advice on writing, reading, community-building, and more. They feature writing prompts, podcasts, and soon there will be a DIY MFA book. 

I'll be writing each month about book publishing, editing, and other aspects of the industry. If you have a book you're considering pitching, or want to learn what it's like on the other side of the writing process, check back for new posts from me and from the rest of the DIY MFA team. 

My first column, "A Walk-through of the Book Publishing Process (part 1)" is up now. Here's a clip from the intro. 

Writers everywhere dream of getting their novels published, but I would wager that when you picture that most anticipated of events, you imagine getting that congratulatory email from your agent/editor and then fast-forward to the black tie launch party a la Richard Castle. The truth is even after the contract is signed, your work as author isn’t quite done yet. In the editorial department alone there are a number of steps between acquisition and publication, and unfortunately, almost all of them require something for the author to do. So let me take you through the process that turns a manuscript into a beautiful, shiny (or matte) new book.

Read the full article here, and if you find it helpful, leave a comment or share on Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy!