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Being a Self-Publishing Virgin is Scary

For the past several years I’ve submitted queries (although not nearly often enough), and pitched my novels at conferences, with no success. Okay, I lied at least a couple of times in that first sentence. In 2002, I participated in … Continue reading

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Into (and in) No Plot? No Problem! Again

The newest (Revised, Updated, and Expanded) version of Chris Baty’s wonderful book, No Plot? No Problem! has just been published. And I’m in it — again. How cool is that! Twelve years ago I participated in my first NaNoWriMo. That … Continue reading

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Evolution of the If a Butterfly Pitch: Life Cycle One (2011)

In the previous post, I showed you the pitch I used for my novel, If a Butterfly, at the 2012 Writers’ League of Texas’ Agents and Editors Conference. This post and the next one are to show how it evolved. … Continue reading

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The Final Pitch for If a Butterfly

My previous post was about starting to split a very long novel into two parts. I started working on that a few days ago, and it’s going well. There will be a few posts about that process over the next … Continue reading

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Splitting a Butterfly in Two

My first completed novel, If a Butterfly, was EXTREMELY long. The first draft was well over 300,000 words, about 1,300 double-spaced pages; but — in its defense — it’s a complex story, spread across an entire continent and into outer … Continue reading

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Baguette Moments

One of the great things about languages is that some words and phrases can have multiple meanings. This is especially true of English, since we have borrowed so much from so many other languages. As writers, this allows us a … Continue reading

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If a Butterfly (Monarch Migration Update)

The book I’ve been posting about for the past couple of weeks, If a Butterfly, follows the migration of one particular Monarch butterfly as it tries to fly from Canada to Mexico. The journey my Monarch takes is no more unusual … Continue reading

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Genesis of If a Butterfly – Decisions, Decisions

In the previous post, I talked about how the idea for my first novel, If a Butterfly, originally formed. It was early Fall, 2003, and I had been trying to develop a plot idea for NaNoWriMo, which was then about … Continue reading

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Genesis of If a Butterfly – The Very Beginning

The first novel I finished was called If a Butterfly. I started it in November of 2003, and didn’t finish it until October of 2012. This doesn’t mean I worked on it every day for nearly nine years. Other projects … Continue reading

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Mist vs. Fog – Who Cares?

Well, I do. Am I anal-retentive about it? I don’t think so, but I do think details are important, especially as a writer. So, why did I pick mist vs. fog as a topic? I’m a member of a writing/critique … Continue reading

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