Writers are told constantly that the path to publication is difficult. Having just released my first novel, you better believe I agree. However, no one said difficult might look like this:

10 years, 5 manuscripts, 4 years with Brett & Will living in my head, 3 revisions, 2 #Pitchwars, a hard drive crash, a Sherrilyn Kenyon scholarship, and today, my debut novel is out in the world.

That was my Tweet, celebrating my Book Birthday.

Amid the congratulations and good wishes, one reply stood out. To paraphrase, this person mentioned how long it had...

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Last night Lambda Literary, an organization that nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, hosted the Bespoke reading series, in hopes of gaining donations for the hardships the nonprofit organization has fallen upon in recent times due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

As Jerome Murphy, a former board member of Lambda Literary, explained, many nonprofits have been suffering financially due to the coronavirus pandemic and the inability to gather members and new interested members. Thus, the hashtag #savelambda origina...

April 30, 2020

To celebrate the final day of the National Poetry Month, the American Academy of Poets will host Shelter in Poems: A Virtual Reading of Uplifting Poems to Bring Us Together on Thursday, April 30th at 7:30 p.m. E.T. 

“As National Poetry Month comes to a close, many of us will have weathered a month of solitude in an act of solidarity to protect each other. During these weeks, poetry has brought us all closer together even as we remain physically apart,” the academy’s website stated.

The event will raise funds to support our free publications a...

April 2, 2020

As we approach another month of national isolation, the fact that April is National Poetry month is one way we can find and follow our bliss.  Most of us haven’t really thought about, or appreciated, poetry since we were in high school or college, but since we are all home this month, I encourage you to take some time each day to find a poem that will re-invigorate your soul, or at least amuse you.

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.  It has since become the largest literary celebration in the worl...

March 15, 2020

I think we are all coming to the point where we are starting to accept that we may be indoors for a really long time.  With our families. In very tight quarters. 

We will need something to inspire and/or distract us, so I think it’s time to start #CoronaWRIMO – the Coronavirus Writing Month where authors are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days while we isolate ourselves to heal.

There’s already a Twitter #hashtag, but it would be great if the people from National Writer’s Month (NAWRIMO) were able to come onboard and get t...

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