Act Before You Think


On a Facebook writers group I’m a member of, someone started a discussion by asking who among us were Indies, who were traditionally published, and who were “authors in waiting.” I suspected the term “author in waiting” to be someone with a completed manuscript who was waiting to either secure a literary agent, or a … Continue reading Act Before You Think

How To Not Quit, Even When You Want To


Some scenes are too hard to write. Sometimes your brain starts to hurt just thinking about what should happen next. Most of the time it comes down to those pesky characters. What are they really feeling and thinking, but saying otherwise? People are so damn complicated. Yesterday my manuscript was torturing me. I couldn’t move … Continue reading How To Not Quit, Even When You Want To

RECAP: Self-Published to Bestseller! with Eva Lesko Natiello


Originally posted on The Writers Circle:
by Mally Becker After 81 rejections, self-published author Eva Lesko Natiello had had enough. It didn’t matter that self-publishing was unfamiliar territory. That was no excuse not to learn. And learn she did.  Since she took on the “indie author” mantle, her suspense thriller, THE MEMORY BOX, has sold…

Judging a Book By Its Protagonist: Do you Judge?


  Every story needs a bad guy, right? The badder the bad guy the more compelling the read. But what about the protagonist? What if she’s unlikeable? There are many readers who will say, heck no to that book. There are readers who will stop mid-book, or earlier, if they deem the protagonist unrelatable. I … Continue reading Judging a Book By Its Protagonist: Do you Judge?