Tag: Publishing World

Reading Diversely & the Disproportionate Amount of Books About Pain & Trauma

Reading Diversely & the Disproportionate Amount of Books About Pain & Trauma

Posted June 23, 2021 in Bookish Things // 3 Comments

As a reader, I’ve been working to better balance my reading so I’m reading an equal number of white and BIPOC authors.  While this isn’t enough diversification, it’s a start, and it was inspired by Emily X. R. Pan’s challenge to her Instagram followers.  This challenge has been surprisingly difficult.  For one, it really underlines how prejudiced the publishing industry is – while far from impossible, it is a lot more difficult to find books by Black or Latinx authors… and frankly it is nearly impossible to find ones from Indigenous or Native authors.  To find books to fit what […]

My Privilege, the Publishing Industry, & Taking Up a Seat at the Table

My Privilege, the Publishing Industry, & Taking Up a Seat at the Table

Posted February 22, 2021 in Writing // 0 Comments

In the last handful of years, social media platforms have offered the space for published authors to open up and share about their process – from plotting to querying to how they were able to make writing their full-time career.  As a frequent viewer of these story chains and tweet threads, I have come to learn a lot about what it takes to be a professional author, both traditionally and self-published.  Like most careers in the entertainment industry, it takes an incredible amount of years and work.  It also takes a lot of luck and privilege. I don’t mind hard […]

How Anxiety Prevents Me From Writing

How Anxiety Prevents Me From Writing

Posted February 1, 2018 in Writing // 11 Comments

I love to write. I will do it until the end of time because I love meeting new characters and taking them on adventures.  I will write regardless of whether or not I am ever published, for the sheer joy of it. The road to publishing terrifies me. You can see my avoidance in some of my posts, actually.  Things like Is 28 too Old to Be a Debut Author? and Querying an Agent is Terrifying.  My doubt seeps through in everything I do and as I become older, it feel myself shrinking further and further back.  I am more aware of […]

A Publication Journey & Dream Realized – ACE OF SHADES

A Publication Journey & Dream Realized – ACE OF SHADES

Posted January 13, 2018 in Bookish Things, Writing // 0 Comments

I really love reading about publication journeys.  I love research, and learning about the journey from inspiration to novel fascinates me.  Ten years ago, it was a rare moment to find an author sharing their story, but these days, more and more authors are open with the journey. I love it.  It’s wonderful.  It shows the tides of hope and perseverance.  Hard work and talent.  And, most importantly, never giving up. As a writer, I have bad days.  I’ll have weeks where I don’t write a fictional word because what’s the point?  In times like those, success stories are amazing. I […]

Querying an Agent is Terrifying

Querying an Agent is Terrifying

Posted July 11, 2017 in Writing // 4 Comments

I am a prolific writer, and world-class yellow-bellied chicken.  I have finished drafts of seven novels.  I have queried zero agents.  Why? To a backwoods girl with big dreams, querying a “big-city” agent is terrifying.  Here’s why: I have zero literary connections. I have attended zero fancy writing conferences. I have zero professional proofreading connections. I have zero non-professional reliable proofreading connections. I have almost zero social media presence. I feel like no matter how many times I revise, my story is never good enough. So where, then, to begin? I have to change all those zeroes into positive numbers.  Attend writing […]