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What Writers Can Learn From Rejection

I'm baaaack!  I took a little hiatus to work on some non-writing goals, but I'm back baby and more fired up than ever. Okay, so I got kicked out of the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest during the pitch stage and two of the three e-publishers that requested to see excerpts of my legal thriller have rejected it.  I could sink into a funk, throw in the towel, and stop writing, or I can...

What I learned at the San Francisco Writers Conference: Be True to Thine Self

The 2011 San Francisco Writers Conference was held February 18 - 20, 2011 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco. This was my second time attending the event. Although it was cold and rainy the first two days, the conference itself was, once again, fantastic. It was sold out. Writers from all over the country attended to network with fellow writers, find an agent or a publisher, learn from...

The Benefit of Attending a Writers Conference Part II – Romance Writers of America 30th Annual Conference

This post is way overdue. In fact, I should have written it in July upon my return from the 30th Annual Romance Writers of America Conference. I certainly meant to, however, other post ideas jumped to the forefront, namely, the health-related posts that have dominated my blog for the past several months. Sometimes it's hard to find a balance between two strong passions. Sometimes it's just hard...

Writers Resources: Audio Downloads of Writers Seminars

You might think of me as Johnyta come lately, but I recently discovered a wonderful resource for writers:  audio downloads of writers seminars.  The Romance Writers of America ("RWA") offers audio downloads of the seminars given at its annual conferences in 2008 and 2009.  www.rwa.org  The seminars are given by bestselling authors, editors of large publishing houses and the like.  The...

Finding The Time To Write

As usual, I am trying to do way too much.  I'm working on editing my romance novel so that I can send a polished product to the editors and agents who have requested to see it.   I started drafting a science fiction script for Scriptfrenzy.  I'm working out and doing what I have to do to make sure I have healthy food choices available to me so that I can continue my weight loss...