Release dates and marketing

Lida Quillen, the publisher at Twilight Times, has recently informed me that the tentative release date for “Touch of Fate” on e-book will be September 15th, 2006. I am now working hard to put together a marketing campaign. Much of the success of a book, once it has been published, is directly related to how […]

I haven’t forgotten…

I haven’t forgotten to update you about my novel, but I fear there is precious little to say. I have word from Twilight Times that the novel is almost ready to go to the editor, who was busy on another project until just recently. I hope things will move along at this point and that […]

Birthday presents

My birthday is right around the corner and this year I received a great present from my parents — the Scooba from iRobot. This little saucer robot, twin to the Roomba, mops the kitchen floor for me better than I can mop it myself. My kitchen floor has never been so clean!

Summer’s Coming

I love summertime. My baby is almost six months old now, so he and I are taking daily walks (as long as it’s not raining). We go to the little park just down the way or swoop around the block. One of the things I am enjoying about summertime, now that I have a baby, […]

Honest Feedback

One of the most important skills that a writer can learn is how to provide effective feedback. If you want your writing to climb out of interns’ slush piles and into the hands of editors, or even if your stories are ready to become great rather than merely acceptable, you will need to show them […]


For those of you who haven’t heard of it, a Roomba is a vacuum cleaner that does, in fact, vacuum for you. Charge it up, clear away obvious obstacles, press the button, and let it go. It’s a cute little saucer-shaped robot that runs all over the room, getting under beds and end tables where […]

Mom and Author

Balancing motherhood and writing has been a challenge these past four and a half months, but I’m finally managing it. I now have a goal to write one thousand words a day during Drake’s morning nap. So far, I am 25,000 words into my second novel, “The Immortality Virus.”Being a mom is the best thing […]

Here I am

Well, here I am, ready to start the process of getting my first novel published. I received the contract from Twilight Times a week and a half ago and I returned it yesterday, after making sure that it was a good contract. I did not hire an agent for this novel. In the end, this […]