Category: writing life

  • Accounting for Writers

    Accounting for Writers

    Have you sold any writing at all, any place, any time? Yes? That means you need to know about accounting for writers. You know – the tax people want to know how much money you made, and what you spent to make that money, and if you have anything left over as profit at the […]

  • Your Writing Career: How to Have a Long, Memorable One

    Your Writing Career: How to Have a Long, Memorable One

    [amazon_link asins=’0307887448′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’patty0d-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’80ef29fc-3840-11e8-b271-f3c7785f572b’]Do you ever think about your writing career? This week, I finished listening to the novel, READY PLAYER ONE. I know, I’m slow. The movie was released last week, and I’m just reading it. Let me just say, I’m not a gamer. Adults spending hours on gaming puzzles me. But […]

  • Writers Beware!

    Writers Beware!

    In the world of self-publishing, it’s writers beware! Publishing a book is a business. That means money changes hands and whenever money is involved, there’s always a chance of fraud. The best defense for writers it to arm yourself with knowledge about what is and isn’t typical for a certain transaction. Agents Agents are hired […]

  • Finding Time to Write

    Finding Time to Write

    I have a young friend who at 16 has written two novels. Amazing. She’s worked hard on them, writing non-stop. Some days, I envied her because (well everyone envies a 16-year-olds’ health!) her life isn’t cluttered up with things. She could choose to write because there were few demands on her time. Recently, though, she […]

  • Long Cooling Off Period – Stuff Your MSS in a Drawer!

    My stories have been enjoying a long cooling off period. I’ve been SO busy the last two months getting ready to teach at Highlights Foundation next week. There will be a class on writing picture books with the amazing Leslie Helakoski (see her new book here – really, if you’re looking for a gift, this […]

  • Are You Being a Lazy Writer? Stop it!

    Are You Being a Lazy Writer? Stop it!

    I’ve been reading a lot of manuscripts lately and finding some common problems. Matching up writing and audience One problem is matching up the story with the audience. For example, ABC stories are perfect for kindergarten and first graders. An ABC book for sixth graders would be rather pointless. On the other end of the […]