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Discovery’s Official Launch!

Official Launch

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2016

WHERE: 5132 Deer Ridge Ct, Fort Wort, TX 76137

Sally Singletary’s Discovery is now available to the public! Come and join us in a celebration of food, fun, and even a bit of learning. We are featuring Q&A sessions with the author as well as answering questions regarding the writing business at all levels. So even if you’re a teen ready to grab your copy of Sally Singletary or you’re a writer, young or mature, we welcome you to an event that everyone will leave with something.
You do not need to RSVP for this event, but it is helpful so we can judge how many people are coming. You can do so on our Event Facebook Page.

We have a special Guest Speaker: April Gerard, A.L. Deleon Agency  & Co-Owner of Author Sensei. She will be sharing some great resources for writers looking to break into the market.

The pool is available. Bring your swim trunks or just put your feet in! Children are welcome, but please be responsible and make sure they are supervised. Above 10 preferred.

Dinner and adult beverages will be served around 6.


12-3 Author Writing Information/ Q&A

3-6 Meet & Greet/ Games / Fun

6-? Party in the Pool/ Food & Fun

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Booktrope: The Situation So Far…

closed-door-sign-closedAs some of you may know, my publisher has decided to close its doors as of May 31, 2016. I was completely heartbroken when I received the news and have been trying to figure out how best to move forward. Of course, in all situations such as this, there were legal questions involved with whether or not our books would be allowed to move forward at all. I was happy to see that at least they had the forethought and the decency to close up shop without leaving all its authors out in the rain. That being said, there were still many logistical questions that needed to be answered as well. It seems I faired the weather better than some given that I own the rights to my cover. I had to pay out my creative team, but that’s the cost of publishing.

My biggest concern was my creative team. Laura Goodwin and Jenna Roundy have done such amazing work as my editors. I didn’t want to lose them. Fortunately, they both agreed to continue forward on the projects. I say all of this to say, I’m not bitter or angry—a bit emotional still—but I’ve realized this may have solidified my original decision to do this work on my own. I am still not sure how this will affect others on my team. April Gerard was definitely a huge supporter and great Book Manager.

My experiences with Booktrope have not been the best. Whenever a publisher is involved, decisions are made that you don’t always feel are in your best interest. Yes, the road forward will be difficult. A lot of places still don’t welcome indie authors, but my goal was never to be a rock star of the book world. I just wanted to write books people will enjoy.

So my decision is this: I’m moving forward and not looking back. SALLY SINGLETARY’S CURIOSITY will be re-published (once again) on June 1st with a new cover based on MY specifications and design. Also, on June 1st, SALLY SINGLETARY’S DISCOVERY will also be released for the first time. I really think you’ll like this book. My editor raved about it each time she did another pass. And I’m also happy to announce that SNATCHED will be released later this summer.

Just to whet your appetite and get you excited, I’m releasing all three covers right now!

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Aren’t they beautiful? I’m so happy with these designs! They take the best of the originals and still give it the look and feel they need.

Be looking for CONTEST information soon. For everyone you share posts with and  encourage to sign up for our newsletter, you’ll get an opportunity to win not one, but TWO signed books, a bundled set of CURIOSITY and DISCOVERY. Don’t forget to tag me in posts you share so I know how many times you’ve shared and can keep track of how many times to put your name in the drawing.

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Tales of a Modern Writer – The Beginning

The Beginning

First off, let me just say I couldn’t survive in an era without technology. It opens so many doors for me to accomplish things that weren’t possible for me growing up. I imagine my young life would have been quite different with access to the tools I have today. I would have been able to start my writing career much sooner.creative writing 386

Technology is essential, not just to me but to many kids who once would have been dismissed as lazy or incapable. I grew up with ADHD, a disorder I’d never even heard of until I got to college. It wasn’t diagnosed as regularly as today, and medication certainly wasn’t as well-accepted. I was fortunate. My intelligence got me by, though I did have my fair share of troubles. I never realized my potential. I thought “good enough” was my best. In my second year of teaching, I was finally diagnosed. A whole new world was opened up for me. I was still ADHD, but I had acquired my first tool in my arsenal to accomplish my dreams.

Technology opened many new doors. I’d already begun using it as a means for connecting with people, finding new ways to cope in my life. Once I discovered the power behind technology, I began to embrace it wholeheartedly. Before I knew it, I came to rely on all sorts of programs and devices to keep me organized. Most importantly, it was tech that allowed me to start writing.

Had these tools been available when I was younger, I might have started my writing career much sooner. The tools I really needed, however, hadn’t been invented yet. I needed portability and the ability to keep track of everything I wanted to work on. With a lot of trial and error, I’ve finally found what works for me.

In future posts, I’ll talk about each of the tools and programs I use to compensate for my shortcomings. I will share what works best for me. As a writer, experimentation is essential as you find the right development process. If you’re like me, some of these tools may just make it possible for you to achieve your goals!

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Sally Singletary’s Street Team


In an effort to spread the word of Sally Singletary’s Curiosity’s upcoming re-release, we’re putting together a “Street Team.” If you’re interested in exclusive access to information, release dates, cover reveals, free swag, and free books, come join the group! We’re open to all kinds of ideas on how to spread the word. Come join Sally Singletary’s Street Team today!

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The Journey


In 2006, I began an incredible journey toward something of which I’d always dreamed, but feared too much to attempt. With the encouragement of my wonderful partner, I began to write. In the coming years, undergoing countless revisions, rewriting, editing, and many sleepless nights, TEARS OF DESTINY was born. The first book in the ELEMENTS OF EAA saga, it began with a single character on a quest to discover himself:


TEARS OF DESTINY finds teen Billy Martin in a troubled place. He’s lost his entire family to a horrible car accident. What’s worse, was the disappearance of his twin sister. She’d been taken from the car, of that he was sure, but what tormented him was that no one believed his story. Despite fourteen years of fights, competitions, and shared birthdays, no one believes she ever existed at all. In a quest to find out the truth of what happened to Sarah, Billy must embark on a journey that will take him to the furthest reaches of the Universe to an strange and distant world where he must face an impossible choice: Rescue his sister, or save an alien race. In a struggle to save humanity and all of the sentient races of the Universe, Billy must uncover the truth, and learn to control the Elements of Eaa.

Four years of conferences, workshops, meeting with agents, pitching my work, I’d grown as an author and learned the power of patience and persistence. TEARS OF DESTINY was like a child, hard to move on from, but impossible to give up on. I realized, however, my writing would never reach the level I wanted it to if I focused on that book alone. I set down my treasure and began work on the sequel. It was then that TREES OF SHAKARA was born:

TREES OF SHAKARA finds Billy and his unlikely team on a new world completely different from the last. A lush pristine community of elvish-looking beings gives him a new definition of peace and harmony. But all is not as it seems with the Shakari people. As Billy searches for more clues about Tiamaat and the mysterious Akaadian god-like beings he encountered on Chulandria, he becomes caught-up in a civil war. With his new-found abilities and his growing obsession with finding Sarah, he must once again choose whether to help a race of strangers, or ignore their struggles and press on with finding his sister.

As I continued finished this book, I realized how much I needed to continue writing, not to give up on my dream, but keep fighting for something I’ve wanted since I was young. A BETA reader for TEARS OF DESTINY mentioned their fondness for the character of Sally (then only a small character who didn’t even have a last name). He mused that it would be interesting to see more of her in the book. A short time later, I sat down and wondered, what would happen if I told things from her point of view. I realized immediately the obvious connection between what was happening to Billy in far-off places and the things that needed to happen back on Earth in preparation for his return. It was then I knew the story had to be told and SALLY SINGLETARY’S CURIOSITY would be the perfect way to set the stage:

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SALLY SINGLETARY’S CURIOSITY had always gotten her into trouble—it was perhaps the reason she became a school reporter. But on the day of Billy Martin’s disappearance, she found herself in the middle more than she bargained for. When her good friend Daniel, Billy, a well-known jock, and a teacher all vanish before her eyes, she begins an investigation that uncovers more than she thought possible. With the help of an Artificial Intelligence and a young friend with a knack for magic, Sally must get to the bottom of the disappearance before the true culprits are able to set in motion a chain of events which could have devastating effects on Earth.

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And so my small ideas had taken roots in a major way. I was introducing very big ideas and scientific concepts most readers would struggle to understand alongside fantasy elements that seemed bigger than life. To make it all work, people would have to be introduced to ideas slowly, understand the connections between characters and big events. I also needed a way to tell what was happening on Earth while Billy was a way. SALLY SINGLETARY has grown into a four-book concept for the story of those events. What are the shape-shifters? Who is James Van der Haak? Why have they come to Earth and how do they fit in with Tiamaat and the other mysterious Akaadian god-like beings Billy has met along his travels.

Things didn’t end there.

Was I crazy? Am I still? Quite possibly, but my ideas continued to grow. Now that Billy had met Tiaamat, Maarduk, and the other Akaadian “gods,” I realized I could never portray them enough in his story to give their true rich history in the interactions throughout the series. They were supposed to mysterious, unknown. But wouldn’t people want to know the truth? Would they be curious about how these arrogant creatures who wore their pets as clothing came to be? It was then the concept of my next series came to be. What if the story were told from Tiamaat’s point of view. Not the grown-up, self-absorbed “Queen of Chaos,” but the younger, idealistic adolescent she once had been:

CONFESSIONS OF A YOUNG GODDESS tells the story of Tiamaat, the main antagonist throughout much of the ELEMENTS OF EAA books. While mysterious and aloof as a grown-up, she wasn’t always this way. When she was young, she was idealistic and proud, and not always the most graceful—especially around boys. When she’s reunited with her young love, Maarduk, she must navigate the grand halls of the Akaadian Akaademy as well as the labyrinth of her emotions. She faces her biggest challenge when she inadvertently learns the Council has shocking and sinister plans for Akaadia that will affect all of the lower beings of EAA to include her new-found favorite Reaalm of Eaarth. Can she defy the Council, stop their plans of ultimate Control? Or will her actions throw EAA into utter Chaos?

CONFESSIONS isn’t finished, but the ideas are in place. Another part of the ELEMENTS OF EAA saga. By this time, nearly ten years had passed. I’d managed to publish SALLY SINGELTARY’S CURIOSITY and SALLY SINGLETARY’S DISCOVERY through Amazon, but despite my efforts, I had neither the time nor the expertise to really get the books moving. Sure, they sold at first, but not as well as they would have if I’d had a team or even someone to help along the way.


So, yes, I have grand visions for all of these books. I’m probably insane for taking on something like this, but who knows? It might just work. I’m concentrating my efforts on SALLY SINGLETARY, since those are the books which are complete and published. One day, I hope the others see the light of day, but I knew it was a long up-hill battle, especially on my own. That’s why I was thrilled when I read an article about a publishing company that seemed like a dream come true. I’d longed to be a part of a company that would publish books differently from the big players in the industry. I was tired of hearing of author friends who had been published, only to discover the truth of the industry. Many found confusing contracts, and conditions that allowed them little control over their work. While it was exciting to be published by a big publishing house, many found themselves as much on their own as they had been before. I’d sought agents and publishers in the past, but while most had positive things to say about my work, I hadn’t found “the right fit.”

When I first read about Booktrope, I was intrigued. Here was a company who did things differently. They are a team publishing company focused on one thing, publishing books. You work with a group of people, each assigned to a different aspect of the publication process and all invested in the success of your work since profit is shared from sales rather than the antiquated system of advances. It was perfect. Why did something like this not exist before? I took a chance and submitted SALLY SINGELTARY’S CURIOSITY to Booktrope and waited.

When I got the response I was thrilled, but also very cautious. Was this really what I wanted? Would this get me where I wanted to be? Those questions remain unanswered. It was obvious this was a small company, nothing as grand as the Big Six, but what mattered is they had managed to accomplish quite a bit in that time. I read about other authors that had been picked up by Booktrope and their experiences were genuinely positive. And really, what was my goal? If I really am going to pull off a project of this magnitude, would a traditional route really get me where I wanted to be? What if my books didn’t meet the sales expectations of a big publisher, what then? I’d be dropped, and worse, could lose rights for my books. I’d be stuck in a nightmarish limbo, never able to accomplish my dream. I had to decide: Was I looking to be the next J.K. Rowling? Or did I just want to get my work out there?

I joined Booktrope.

I am now part of a family of authors, cover designers, book managers, marketing specialists, and other professionals who know the business, who’ve published books, who’ve made other authors successful. I may not ever reach the status of J.K. Rowling, but I know I’m on the right path for what I hope to accomplish. And it doesn’t end there. While I’m working through the process of re-branding and re-publishing SALLY SINGLETARY’S CURIOSITY and DISCOVERY, I’ve not stopped writing.


In an effort to step away from the other books, I sat down to write a few words, which turned into nearly 40,000 words on another series (unrelated):


Jimmy Figg is SNATCHED by a group of hideous creatures, but the thing that has always made him a thorn in his teachers’ side and an outcast among his peers has given him a unique advantage. Can Jimmy use his ability to find out the truth behind his abduction, or will his captors succeed in their insidious plan?

I’m not quite finished with SNATCHED, but nearly there.

Long story short, I’ve made writing more than just a hobby, something to which I’ve dedicated a lot of my time outside of work. Will it amount to anything? Time will tell. In the long run, I know I’ve set myself toward my goals. That alone is enough for me to know I’m at least headed in the right direction. I’m on the journey of a “thousand miles,” taken the “single” step. Where that journey leads is what makes the path exciting. I have big dreams and big plans. Some might think I’m crazy.

Only time will tell.

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New Horizons

So a lot has happened, but at the same time, not as much as I’d like.

I’ve had a new idea, a book I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. It started as just making a few notes and has turned into 36,000 words.


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Jimmy Figg is snatched by a group of hideous creatures, but the thing that has always made him a thorn in his teachers’ side and an outcast among his peers has given him a unique advantage. Can Jimmy use his ability to find out the truth behind his abduction, or will his captors succeed in their insidious plan?

I’ve been working out this idea for a few weeks and so far I’m really liking it. I am hoping it will be a good Early Young Adult addition to my repertoire of books. What do you think?

In other news, Sally Singletary’s Discovery is finally available on Kindle. Physical books are still delayed due to formatting issues. Awaiting another set of proofs right now. Hopefully these will turn out correctly and we’ll be in business!

Tears of Destiny is still on hold pending a workable cover. We’re still throwing around a few ideas, but nothing seems to have “tickled our fancy.”

Children of Earth is also on hold. I’ve had some feedback and have decided to rework the story. While most everyone who has read it has had a lot of positive things to say, I think the feedback I received is valid and warrants some consideration. Will keep you posted on the progress.

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More Thoughts on Self-Publishing

As I move forward with my plans for my writing, I continue to contemplate about the virtues of self-publishing and what it means to me. In the past, self-publshing has always been looked at with negativity, as if those who self-publish are impatient and unwilling to follow through with the prescribed process. I challenge this position and give the following thoughts:


Self-Publishing is Lazy!

It has been said on many occasions that self-publishing is for those who are too lazy to go through the process of querying, that they somehow lack the drive and ambition required to go through the vetting process of traditional publishing. In my experience, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only have I engaged in the querying process for nearly 6 years, I have been told by numerous agents and publishing professionals that my work is noteworthy, but they are increasingly limiting their selections due to market response. So to say that I chose Self-Publishing because I was lazy is both wrong and offensive. In fact, I find that self-publishing requires a new level of discipline that I had not experienced previously. I have had to go through the process of finding an editor, cover designer, beta readers, and other supports to ensure that the product I am putting out would appeal to readers. These are all services offered through traditional publishing and are generally included when you are contracted. In addition to this, however, is the much more difficult task of marketing, social networking, building a platform, and gaining an audience. This is the core issue that I would like to expand on in a moment. It is also something that authors are finding that they are responsible more and more even if they follow the traditional path.

The purpose of this post isn’t to argue that one path is better than the other, only to point out the misleading fallacies that some would have you believe.

Self-Published Authors are Impatient!

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Granted, some self-published authors are impatient and have released inferior products that are not fit for the paper they are printed on (assuming they are actually printed at all). Ebooks have created a unique market where anyone can publish a book. The unfortunate side-effect of this is that literally anyone can and will publish something into ebook format. Is this to say that every book released by the big publishers are pillars of perfection? Far from it. I can’t tell you how many published books that I’ve read were far worse than the random John Smith novel on Amazon. The point is that a book is a book. It’s only as good as the amount of time the author puts into it, and even then audiences will choose what they like to read. What may be a treasure trove of literary goodness to one person, may be a litany of tragic musings to another. People will judge your work based on what they like to read and their own opinions before they will care who published it. It takes an enormous amount of time to build a following whether you’re traditionally published or not. The difference is that you don’t have the resources of a big publisher to help you. You’re on your own, which means it will take longer for you to see success with your work. So to say self-publishers are impatient is an unfortunate untruth that many believe.

Self-Published Books are Crap!

I will refer to my previous statements on this one. A book is only as good as the amount of time put into it. If an author rushes a manuscript to print days after it’s been written, chances are it’s not going to be a very good novel. I’ve been working on my books for 10 years, honing my writing skills, researching my audience, finding the right fit for releases, and making sure that what I’ve written is what people want. All of this takes time. If you’re unwilling to put the time into it, then perhaps self-publishing is not the right path for you. Putting out works that are rushed and incomplete only hurts the community as a whole. Put your book aside, write another one, talk to some people, find an editor, find some beta readers who are not friends, find a cover artist, take the time necessary to make sure your book is as good as it can be before making the decision to publish.

Self-Published Authors are Defiant!

This statement amuses me the most, as though the decision to self-publish is somehow driven in vanity, that authors just simply would rather shut down the big publishers and take over the industry. Are there some who believe this? Sure. There are also people who believed that the world would end last December. Personally, my decision to self-publish was rooted in much research. The publishing industry is changing. Accept this or don’t. But if you choose to ignore the inevitable, you’re likely to get left behind. Publishers are hesitant to buy books from unknown authors because they want to hold onto as much of their profits as they can. Some would say this is unethical or an excuse for them to control the industry. They might be right, but it’s what businesses do. They’re entire purpose for being is to make money, so of course they are going to do whatever it takes to ensure their bottom line. Over and over I hear that publishers are looking for authors with a platform, writers with a following, a reason to invest in new talent. How can you prove that you have these things if you have nothing out there with which to accomplish these things. Amanda Hocking didn’t write a book and the next day became famous. She put a lot of time into her work and even then was criticized for not putting in enough. But the outcome was clear. She wasn’t chosen because she was an amazing writer, or because she had more talent than anyone else; she was chosen because she had a product that came with a following. She used her resources to prove to a publisher that she was worth the risk (even if this wasn’t a conscious decision at the time).

In Conclusion

If you’re even considering becoming a true writer, you have to understand this new market. Publishers don’t want the next J.K. Rowling; they don’t want an unknown author whose books no one cared for, at first. Her story was a fluke and one not likely to be repeated in today’s market. If you want publishers to pay attention, you’ve got to prove that you’re worth the risk. Sure, some people will still get lucky because of who they know or who reads their work. But it still boils down to the same thing it always has, you won’t get noticed if you have nothing for people to read.

That’s the bottom line of why I chose self-publishing. How can I prove to publishers and agents that I’m worth a damn if I have nothing to show for it? I need to build an audience, find a following, foster some fans; but I can’t do that if I have nothing with which to fan the flames.

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The Self Publishing Conundrum Continued

Some people ask why I chose to self-publish. Well, here’s the scoop!

I’ve been actively seeking agents for my books for the past five years and in that time the industry has had a huge shift. When I first began to take a wary step into the world of being an author, I did so with great trepidation. At the time, I had only written one book and like most first time writers I thought that I’d become the next J.K. Rowlings on my first attempt. Once realism settled in and I attended my first writer’s conference I realized that reworking my first book for the 400th time was not the answer. I needed to move forward. I needed to learn more.

Since then I’ve written four more books (that was two years ago) and I have to say I’ve learned quite a bit. I’ve continued the disappointing task of querying agents and following the “prescribed” plan for a new author. I got a lot of positive feedback and lot of empty rejections. What I took from that experience was, however, the comments I kept hearing over and over again. “We love your work, but with the shift in the publishing industry we’re having to be more selective of the titles we take on.” On several occasions I received words to that effect, including one rejection that encouraged me to self-publish my title. What I’ve taken from this is that in order for me to have my dream of my books being in the hands of readers, I would just have to take the initiative and put it there. I hired an editor and spent due time on polishing my work. I have since taken the plunge into self-publishing.

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Is it going to be easy? Will my book become a bestseller? Of course not, I don’t expect either of these things to be true. I’m not naive. I know that the road to success is filled with many hurdles, but for me, success isn’t measured in how many books I sell. It’s measured in how happy my readers are. If my book makes it into the hands of a small number of readers who really enjoy my work, then that’s worth it for me. Sure, I’d love to make writing my full time career, but I also know that the odds of that happening are slim to none. Still, would I rather spend what little time I have writing or begging agents to take my work. I chose to write. I chose to take advantage of the unique opportunity modern technology affords us. Sometimes it isn’t about being a millionaire. Even the best authors who are traditionally published don’t make millions. They too have to write and write and write some more. And even then some of them fail to stay on top.

My advice to you, if you’re considering self-publishing, is to carefully consider what it is you hope to accomplish with your work. If you’re looking for an easy way to get your books out there, then take a step back. Whatever you do, don’t just throw your books to the masses and hope they’ll stick. Take the time to research, have your books read by many beta readers, hire an editor and spend the time and money necessary to make it the best you can. If after all that, you still feel like your book is ready for the world, then I encourage you to put it out there. Just be prepared for the time it takes to market and sell your book. It can be both challenging and rewarding. For me, the rewards come in fans who give my work praise.

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The Self-Publishing Conundrum

Being a teacher and a writer is often difficult. Finding the time to write is a chore, especially during the school year. During the summer, however, I have more time to revel in the world of the written word. My goal this summer is to get some revisions done on my first set of books and finish Sally Singletary. I’m really excited about Sally Singletary and I hope that it will find a place on a bookshelf somewhere.

It was interesting being a part of the DFW Writer’s Convention this year. Where last year the word e-books or self-publishing were looked at as taboos, it seems that things are changing with regards to self publishing. One of the observations that I’ve made is how many more people are trying. Are they being successful? I suppose that depends on your definition of success. I think plenty of self-pubbers are doing quite well with their works and have the benefit of others reading them, even if they aren’t raking in the millions.

What is the goal of an author? Of course we all want to be able to make enough money on it to live on, but what is our true goal? I think many writers would agree they just want to see others enjoying their books. The world of publishing is a difficult place, more difficult than almost any other. Perhaps self-publishing can open a few new doors for authors. I’ve considered it. I’m not convinced of the best outlet for my work yet, but it is definitely something I’m considering more than ever before.

It takes a lot of resources to self-publish and don’t think you can do it without them. I’ve seen many books go up on E-bay that lack the polish of a published novel, riddled with errors that only frustrate your readers. Take the time to carefully consider self-publishing and invest the money into your product. Editing is a MUST. Cover designers are a MUST. If you think you can make it without those things, you’ll find your work sinking to the depths of the Amazon charts. This much I know for certain.

At the same time, don’t be afraid of a challenge. The market is ripe for self-publishing if you have the time and energy to do it. More and more, big publishers are putting off marketing on you. If you’re going to be putting the time into it anyway, why not benefit from the royalties. More and more people will be reading e-books in the coming years.

Just make sure yours is one they want to read.

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DFW Writer’s Conference 2012

Nothing compares to standing in a room with over 300 other people who are just as crazy as you are! That’s what it’s like at the DFW Writer’s Conference. You have to admit, writers are a rare breed with vivid imaginations, interesting personalities, and more enthusiasm than a pack of six-year-olds at Disney!

This was my second year at the conference and it was an amazing experience, even better than the first. I was better prepared this year for all of the exciting events and information, knowing what to expect. It was interesting to find that the “theme” for this years conference seemed to be: “Don’t dwell on one project for too long.” While it wasn’t the official theme, the statement certainly hit home with me.

Last year, I came to the conference with one book that I had been working on over and over for years, beating the poor thing to death to the point that it no longer resembled anything I’d set out to accomplish. Since then, I’ve set that project aside and wrote as much as I could. As a result, I have completed two more books and two partials which has helped my writing to grow. It also gave me more to present to agents this year.

Another other lesson that hit home with me was patience. Many writers come to a conference with the dream that an agent will pick up their first book and become an instant success. The truth of the matter is that most writers’ first books suck! Many published authors will attest to that. Writing is like a fine wine, it improves with age. The more you write, the better you get.

I’m sure my own writing still has a long way to go, but I can certainly see where I’ve improved and where I still need to improve. It certainly helped having such amazing classes and knowledgeable instructors at the conference. They presented great information that I know will help me to hone my craft.

The biggest lesson for me, and possibly the most important, is networking and collaboration. You can’t do it alone. As a writer, you need people who understand the craft and can provide feedback and encouragement. The most successful writers aren’t necessarily the ones who had the best writing, they simply didn’t give up. Sometimes you need encouragement from others to help you see that you can accomplish your dreams.

Another wonderful conference brought to you by the DFW Writer’s Workshop! Thank you to James Rollins for providing a great keynote address and information to those of us who walk in his shadow. Thanks to all the agents who came to share the wealth of their knowledge. Thanks so much to the members of the DFW Writer’s Workshop for all your hard work and dedication, this is truly something that will change lives for many of us!

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