My Writing Journey: An Update Part 2

For the past couple months, I’ve waited to receive feedback about the Amish novella proposal my agent pitched to editors on my behalf. Yesterday she forwarded an email from the editor who had expressed interest in the story in March. I have printed his email to hang beside my desk as if it’s my first rejection letter. …

Considerations for Critique Partners

Prior to attending the ACFW Conference in Nashville last summer, I joined Scribes, the organization’s online critique group. Though I had a great experience with Scribes, I was interested in building similar relationships with writers at home. That being said, I was overwhelmed and uncertain where to begin. During the conference, I spoke with several other ladies to learn how they connected with writers …

My Writing Journey: An Update

My life as a writer has been crazy since I last posted, but I thought I’d step away from the first draft of my next book to update readers about this phase of my writing journey. When speaking with my agent in early February, we discussed a series anchored by the manuscript she held in her hands. I was given several options as we …

I HAVE AN AGENT!

Last April, I made writing a priority in my life.  My goal is to be a published author, and I’ve taken another step on this journey by accepting representation by a literary agent.  Though there’s much work to be done, I thought I’d continue to share what I learn along the way.  In this post, I reflect on …

Importance of Writers Groups

As I mentioned in a previous post, I joined a writers group in October (2016).  I missed four of our weekly meetings due to the holidays.  During my absence, I was inspired to write a series of short stories for a collection I’m calling 12 Gifts.  Each story highlights a different service organization, informing readers of specific needs in the community and inspiring …

Story Quilts

Last year, my daughter’s fifth grade reading class was assigned a historical fiction quilt project.  Impressed with this assignment, I immediately started brainstorming how this project could be modified, specifically for younger readers.  My daughters love to read.  They often like to write stories and draw pictures.  If you know kids like mine, this could …