Not every writer is a natural temptress on the page.    However, the secret to potent prose, is not a mystery, and with intense focus and a lot of hard work, anyone can learn to compose lines that will leave readers lounging in bed for hours.   

During m...

December 17, 2015

Over the years I have been on many panels at writers' conferences around the country.  Invariably, one courageous writer at each conference asks the question on every attendee’s mind: what is the most important quality that an agent or publisher looks for in a man...

December 7, 2015

Call me late to the party, but I didn't hear the term 'beta reader" until a few months ago, when one of the writers I was coaching apologized for the rough state of her manuscript, noting that it hadn't yet had any "beta reviews".

As I understand it, beta read...

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