Current Reading, Part II – Olive

Previously, I blogged about what I’m reading that fit in certain categories, inspired by this post by Jodi Meadows. Jodi offers four categories: Popular, Award Winning, Out-of-Comfort Zone, and Books you love. Coincidentally, I’ve currently got one in each of these categories between my nightstand and kindle. But I’d also add one more category to her four: non-fiction. I…

Attending DFWcon in Dallas, Texas – Olive

  DFWCon, AKA DFW Writers Conference, is a program created by the DFW Writer’s Workshop, an organization founded in 1977 to help writers produce and promote professionally published work. Not only are their classes and events worthwhile, but they’re awesome people too. It’s been a week since I attended my first writer’s conference—an intense two days full of classes,…

Practice for Pitching – Olive

Picture your next job interview. It’s for that job you always wanted—the one that will change your life. You sit down in front of a stranger who asks you the very awkward first question: “so, tell me about yourself.” If you’ve felt the bile rise up your delicate little throat right at that very moment—fear not,…

Comps: “What book is your book like?” – Olive

We recently started the querying process and have come across a minor dilemma: some agents ask point blank for comparable titles, aka “comps.” We’re still not really sure how to figure out what our comps are, but here’s what we’ve come up with… Now, we weren’t completely unprepared for this question—we’d thought about it. After…

On [ Fantasy ] Titles – Olive

Of all the things we have to do as writers to become authors, there are few things that are as dreaded as coming up with the proper title. As if pitching, querying and writing synopses wasn’t bad enough, how you do you boil down  127,000 words to less than a sentence? One word? Three words? Six? (In…

The Quest to find the Perfect(ish) Editor – Olive

Thus far in our epic adventure in publishing, the task that has given me (personally) the most stress has been finding our perfect(ish) editor. I’ve learned a bit since I began, and here’s the roll up. Aristen has mentioned how there are some scammers out there: $500 WE HANDLE EVERYTHING! I wonder what kind of product would…

The Veteran – Olive

What do I mean a veteran? I mean that I served honorably in the military, but I also tend to mean a veteran as in I’ve experienced. I’ve experienced things that most never have and never will, and I’d like to keep it that way. Other people shouldn’t have to do what so few of us…

Twitter Pitch Contests, AKA BRUTALITY – Olive

We tout ourselves as pretty clever and very creative individuals, Aristen and I. But when sitting in front of my phone yesterday trying to write up micro-pitches on the Twitter Contest #PitMad, we were both stressing. Here’s the tweets we used: Yes, stressing so much that I used the wrong hashtag (it’s #pitmad not #pitchmad)….

Micro-post: The Imperession that I get – Olive

Micro-blog real quick here–is it me or do some published authors just kind of toot each others’ horns? Do the publishers encourage them to say “HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY” or the like? Come on. Somebody let me on the secrets. Or is it all completely genuine? Do they really know each other?! Do they really read…

You’re writing a book. Nobody cares. – Olive

I’ve been writing with Aristen since we were probably six–that’s right, six years old, for a total of about 27 years. We’ve been friends since kindergarten, and I have vivid memories of standing up (probably on my chair because I was a wild child) during our class after Aristen returned from a family trip to Thailand….