Why a Writing Routine Matters and How to Start One

I meet a lot of writers. I also meet a lot of “writers.” You know who I’m talking about: people who want to write, or say they do, but actually do more talking about writing than actual writing. If you fall into the latter group, don’t worry. There is no judgment here. But I would […]

Finding Balance: 9 Strategies for Getting More Done

“Wow. How do you balance everything?” This is what a woman asked me a couple of days ago, and I get a variation of this question almost every single week. After thinking it over, I finally said, “I just work really hard.” But the other person seemed genuinely interested—and maybe a little skeptical—on how I’m […]

Success Secrets: Why It’s All Up to You

I had the opportunity last night to speak at my alma mater, Boise State University. The audience consisted of students pursuing or considering studies in English. The topic: How did your education impact your career? The panel I was on included a scholar, teacher, grant writer, and me. I so enjoyed listening to each of […]

Infographic: What Authors Need to Know About E-books and Publishing

I’m always looking to understand more about publishing. E-books especially intrigue me because they can have such huge potential for authors—and yet, they also pose a threat to small bookstores and local efforts. So, I took research into my own hands to get a better grasp on the e-book market. What I found was surprising: […]

3 Ways to Support Local Authors

Note: This blog post is sponsored by Grammarly. (Thanks, Grammarly!) I use Grammarly for free proofreading because I edit all day long, and my eyes get tired. So, so tired. The software doesn’t replace proofreading from a living, breathing human, but it’s great for the first round. Last night, I had the honor of hosting the Top […]