When words get in the way

June has arrived and I’ve just started the first day of my vacation. The husband and I are checking into the Queen Mary Hotel tomorrow for a thrilling stationary weekend voyage in Long Beach Harbor. Ghost hunting will definitely be on the agenda as well as dining and grand buffets. However, I’ll be spending much of […]

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Why I write

This week I experienced a momentary existential crisis. I was surrounded by those self-doubts that we all have, and that we keep in check by locking them in that closet under the stairs with those monsters of childhood and demons of adolescence. I ignored the shrieks of terror and the pounding on the door shaking […]

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Book Release Bound

So we just finished reviewing the hard copy of the book. Proofing for final edits, and we are on track for release at the end of March 2015. The initial reviews from the novel have been stellar and I am beyond thrilled. Please feel free to visit the official website for the novel, http://www.fatizen.com, for […]

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Publication Update

So I just heard from my fabulous editor Genie Rayner of Branch Hill Publications. The expected publication date is now 2015, which is what I was expecting as we head into the holiday season. It took a while for me to make the last round of line edits and there are one more set of […]

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Full Steam Ahead

What a great summer. I completed my edits by July 31st and delivered the entire manuscript to the publisher. After a full read and negotiations, they offered me a contract. What made the deal even sweeter is that they want to publish the graphic novel as well. I decided to include eighteen of Mason’s full […]

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Queries, agents and more editing

On January 20, 2014, I started sending query letters out to agents. I read my book, the 2013 Writer’s Market carefully and have followed their suggestions step by step. It’s good stuff but sometimes needs  a bit of modification and personalization. For instance, the sample letter I found on their website seemed good but it didn’t […]

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