The Rush to Fail

"Slow down and smell the roses" may be an old cliché, but it is ever so relevant. You've finished your book, now what? This is the ONE question that determines your fate in the publishing industry:  you only get ONE chance.  Optimize your opportunities. The following is a normal scenario from a new author: I've… Continue reading The Rush to Fail

Count Down to Print for Paws

We have a new venue! Please find us on October 28.  We will have a bookstore where you can purchase books about animals, visit with authors, and even sell your books.  Proceeds go to Black Dog Animal Rescue.    

What does an editor do?

You are your own worst enemy when it comes to editing.  There's a psychological term for this that escapes me right now, but it boils down to mind games.  Your brain will look at errors and automatically correct them or fill in the blanks. Can You Read This?  by Chris McCarthy (Study@ecenglish.com) I cnduo't bvleiee… Continue reading What does an editor do?

Tips for First-time Authors

How to I start? Typically, you pitch an idea or send a query letter before you write an entire manuscript that may or may not be accepted.  Don't pitch to a company that doesn't accept unsolicited manuscripts.  Don't pitch a romance to a company that specializes in mystery or a children's book to a company… Continue reading Tips for First-time Authors

Storytime with Renate G. Justin

201 South College Ave Fort Collins, CO, 80524 Phone: 970.482.278 Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate Friday, January 20 – Opens to the public during regular museum hours Storytime with Renate Justin Wednesday, January 25- 11:30 AM    Contact Information 201 South College Ave Fort Collins, CO 80524 Phone: 970.482.2787 Email: info@ftcma.org Hours of Operation Monday &… Continue reading Storytime with Renate G. Justin

Are Your Dreams of Being Hemingway Dissolving? Don’t Despair!

You might start out with a plan, but after you write a while, your writing can take on a life of its own and lead you down another path.  Don't despair. "[T]hat’s the great thing about fiction. We use it for entertainment, and we also use it to explain and understand our lives. We only… Continue reading Are Your Dreams of Being Hemingway Dissolving? Don’t Despair!

Does Your Book Follow the “Code”?

Jodie Archer had always been puzzled by the success of The Da Vinci Code. She’d worked for Penguin UK in the mid-2000s, when Dan Brown’s thriller had become a massive hit, and knew there was no way marketing alone would have led to 80 million copies sold. So what was it, then? Something magical about… Continue reading Does Your Book Follow the “Code”?