If you didn’t know, Common App has announced that it will be keeping the personal statement essay prompts the same as last year’s, while adding a new, short-answer question. This one allows college applicants to describe their experience with the pandemic. So should you address … [Read more...] about Should You Write About the Pandemic?
This is dedicated to all my writer pals currently in the querying trenches. I may feel a long ways away from a long querying journey, but I still remember the struggles, and I won't ever forget what it's like dead center of that marathon run to find an agent. (I've found … [Read more...] about On Querying Agents: I’ll Tell You What’s Frustrating
I don't want you to stress about revision. I don't want you to because I already do, and it's way too much for anyone's good. You can come up with all the formulas and processes and formalities you like (and trust me, I've got a pile of Lyn's Rules for Revision, and … [Read more...] about Revision Is Like a Cat
Book festivals are great parties for those who adore books. Book festivals remind you why you write, and who's out there waiting to hear your words. But they can be stressful for authors and especially introverts. As an indie and traditional author who knows how to write and how … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Doing a Book Festival
What's it like to have your manuscript on submission to publishers? How do you make it through the process? This is the third time I've been "on sub." No Small Thing is circulating to a select group of editors, thanks to the pitch work of Tara Gelsomino, my agent. I'm sharing … [Read more...] about What It’s Like to Be On Sub
If you're like me, you just lo-o-o-ve telling the tale before the story begins. That's because you care so much about your characters and you can envision where they were when they were three, and you know the whole cast of characters surrounding them at key moments in their … [Read more...] about Seven Ways to Wrangle Your Back Story