Behind the Scenes: Running a Business

Behind the Scenes: Running a Business

Writing is more than a hobby to me. It’s a business. Like any product-based business, I dream up and create something, find a company to produce it, design attractive packaging, locate my ideal customer, target marketing to let them know about my product, and handle the financial recordkeeping and taxes all while still learning how to make each step of the process better and better. Unlike most businesses, mine revolves around imaginary people. I just

Behind The Scenes: Secrets From My Writing Space

Behind The Scenes: Secrets From My Writing Space

A week ago I posted this picture on Facebook of me with the contract for my second novel. (Yep. Still super excited around here even as I’m planning to spend most of today on first-round revisions.) One friend commented on my cute writing space and I had to admit that I’d cleaned it up some before taking the picture. Then I looked a little closer and saw evidence of other things readers might not know

A Day in the Life Of an Author

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to a class of fifth graders about my writing process. They are in the middle of their first research paper project and were full of questions. Tons of questions! While I tried to make sure to draw parallels to their project in brainstorming, research, outlining, drafting, editing, and polishing the final product to turn in to their teacher, I couldn’t let them believe that the not-so-simple act of writing