I've discovered something that's rather amazing: Beta reading can be really fun. It's incredible to me how I can spot typos, see where changes are needed, and come up with solutions to issues. I've spent years learning the craft, reading books, blogs, watching vlogs, and discovering all I can about writing. There's nothing like watching someone's … Continue reading Beta Reading…For Myself?
Tag: When Life Hands You Lymes
Am I The Only One?
Back when my sister had Lyme disease, she wrote this. It meant so much to me and was so fitting that I ended up using it at the beginning of When Life Hands You Lymes. Am I the only one? Has anyone else ever felt fear? Not just any fear, but a seemingly never-end fear. The … Continue reading Am I The Only One?
Editing, Reading, and Sunsets
When I said I wasn't going to stress if I didn't blog on time, or if I didn't blog at all during May, I hadn't really expected to up and drop off the blogging scene for nearly a week. In fact, each day I awoke with the expectation of blogging, but then as the day wore … Continue reading Editing, Reading, and Sunsets
Querying Update – WLHYL
After a much-longer-than-intended break due to my non-writing job and life, I'm finally back into the querying process. So yay! It's nice to be back in the rhythm again, although a bit strange, too. I queried all of my easily-found-top-picks during the first go-through. This time I'm having to spend a lot more time flipping … Continue reading Querying Update – WLHYL
It Might Be Hope
If you've been around Noveltea for any length of time, you've most likely heard me talk about When Life Hands You Lymes, which is my young adult novel I've been working on for the last three+ years. The process of going through eighteen drafts with this book has taught me so much. I've read books about violins. I've learned how … Continue reading It Might Be Hope
The Querying Dream
I know it's trite and cliché to start a book out with a dream, but I'm guessing the same logic doesn't apply toward blog posts. Even so, I'm gonna give y'all an introduction to my dream, just in case. One of the query rejections I received recently amused me in a "Really?" sort of way. … Continue reading The Querying Dream
Querying, Rejections, and Reasons to Celebrate
There was a time when I thought seriously of not posting anything on Noveltea about querying for agents and all that fun stuff until I was on the other side of the process. But then I realized y'all have been with me for the rest of the journey, so why stop now? Yesterday after months of preparation … Continue reading Querying, Rejections, and Reasons to Celebrate
Comparable Titles – Querying Troubles
One of the items necessary for a query letter is having comparable books so the agent you're querying will have an idea of what your book is like. A comparable book is supposed to have been published within the last two or three years, have done reasonably well, and be in the same genre as … Continue reading Comparable Titles – Querying Troubles
Writing Perk #345: Watching Youtube All Day
I spent yesterday morning watching Youtube. And I'm planning on doing the same thing today. Now, before anyone freaks out about how I'm spending my time, let me assure you that it wasn't for fun, although part-way through the morning I actually did begin enjoying it. You see, for the past few months I've been rather (total … Continue reading Writing Perk #345: Watching Youtube All Day
Figuring out how to blog on WordPress has been a stretching experience, and I'm still in the middle of the learning process. Today is a lovely frost-covered November experience that will probably find me curled up with a mug of tea, Christmas music, a candle burning, and the Wordpress for Dummies book. (Not even kidding, folks.) … Continue reading Thank You