Monday, July 26, 2010


This past week, I've been frantically searching the Internet for verification of a fact in the book I'm about to self-publish. I wrote this book almost twenty years ago and did research the old-fashioned way:  I went to the library and spent hours poring through old books and encyclopedias, jotting down notes, etc.  Except I've found that looking back over my project notebook (oh yes, I still have the original project notebook with ideas, scribblings, character sketches and such), I didn't verify a lot of the resource books or annotate or keep track of what books I used for certain little known facts. My bad!!!

Let this be a lesson for everyone: Make a bibliography of resource/research material for each and every book you write. It will save you time and trouble in the long run.

Here are my writing goals for the week:

*  Finish the last tweaks of Regency manuscript.

*  Begin formatting for Kindle.

*  Tweak cover.

*  Prepare to publish!!!

I know these sound a lot like last week's goals, but I promise I worked many hours on the manuscript. I'm very close to starting the process of actually putting it up on Kindle!!!

I certainly can't be accused of slapping something together and publishing it.  I've been working on this since March.  Can you say SLOW!!!

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Writerly Moments

I define a writerly moment as something that happens to me because I'm a writer. My writerly moments used to be few and far between and were precious and very special.  They still are precious and special, but for some reason (happily) they are occurring with a bit more frequency. Which is great!!!  Writerly moments are little validations that remind and reassure me that Yes, I AM a writer. Because like most writers, I sometimes get insecure and lose confidence in my abilities.

So here's this Wednesday's Writerly Moment:

Last May, I went to my Aunt Louise's 80th birthday bash. My cousins threw a big party and we had a reunion of sorts--cousins and cousins-in-law, aunts and uncles and new little cousins running all around.

A little backstory: Sadly, I don't see my extended family very often anymore, but Aunt Louise just happened to be in town visiting her daughter earlier in the year and came to one of my book signings and bought both of my books. She and my cousin were going on a cruise with another set of my cousins and their mother. At the book signing, they bought copies of my books for another one of my other cousins.  WooHoo!!!

At the birthday bash, it was great to see everyone. When I greeted Aunt Louise to wish her a happy birthday, she told me she had read my first book one day and really enjoyed it.  In fact, she enjoyed it so much, she immediately began the other book and STAYED UP ALL NIGHT READING IT!!!  She loved both of them!!! Words to gladden an author's heart, right?

As I greeted my other cousins and aunts, they all told me how much they had enjoyed my books, too.  Angele told me I had to write a sequel about one of the hero's brothers in CHASING THE MOONLIGHT. Donna said I had handled the love scenes quite well. My Aunt Jean said I wrote just like Kathleen Woodiwiss and my love scenes were beautiful.

Kathleen Woodiwiss??? What a compliment!!!

I have to say that was one of the best writerly moments of my entire life. I felt like a celebrity!!! And I truly felt like a successful author who had touched a few readers' hearts.

Have you had a writerly moment you'd like to share?

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Ack!!! Monday whipped past and now it's already Tuesday!!! A day late and all that . . .

Had a book signing on Saturday. Four authors and a very nice coffee shop. Did not sale one book!!! None of us sold a single solitary book. Can you believe???  Have to laugh about it. Here's a funny video about book signings that is so true it hurts.  But we had a great time anyway. It's always fun to get together with other writers and talk shop.

Amazingly, I accomplished most of the goals last week or made a good dent in them, anyway.

Here are my writing goals for the week:

*  For the fourth time, redo Mother's cover. Sigh. Received last week's copy of the book, and it's ALMOST perfect.  Hopefully, one more tweak and we'll be good. It's been a learning experience, to say the least.

* Tweak the Author's Note for the Regency.

* Tweak my cover for the Regency.

*  Reformat the Regency manuscript for Kindle and Smashwords. 

* Start writing blurb for the new class I'll be teaching next year on The Hero's Journey.

I hope everyone has a great week!!!

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)

Monday, July 12, 2010


Man, oh man!!!  Talk about the lazy days of summer . . .

I completely missed last week, but I have a good excuse!!!  I was up at the family farm in the Panhandle utterly isolated without Internet or TV.  It was heavenly.  I did take a couple of manuscripts to work on.  As you may know, my mom is a writer, too.  We had a "working" vacation, each reading the other's stuff, talking shop, watching movies, reading, discussing.  Again . . . heavenly.

Even though we were stranded in the house due to unprecedented rainfall and flooding, we kept busy and had fun.

Now, I'm home and I need to get back on the wagon.

Here are my writing goals for the week:

*  Redo the cover for Mother's book (again!).

*  Start implementing changes into the Regency manuscript.

*  Work on afterword for Regency story.

*  Work on Amazon Author Page.

*  Update blog sidebar (again!)

*  Start formatting for Kindle.

Lots to do!!!

I hope everyone is staying cool and getting some work done!!!

Happy Writing!!!

AM      :)