I get a lot of questions about how I write short stories, so I thought I'd take you through my process, step-by-step. Just so you know, I don't consider myself an expert. There are probably a million ways to approach a project like this. But perhaps walking through it with me will be interesting to some of you. I'm going to concentrate on how I write the Kiki Lowenstein Short Stories because I'd done so many of them. Part I -- What's the point? … [Read more...] about How I Write Short Stories–Part I
Tuesdays with Sally Lippert, Joanna's Ace Assistant Do you read for fun? Do you read to escape? Do you read to learn a new skill? Or is it all of the above? Currently, I am reading for all of the above. As I am trying to assist Joanna in the self-publishing world, I have developed a whole new appreciation for what an author goes through to get a book into our hands. When we are very young, our parents introduce us to the world of books. School … [Read more...] about Why do YOU read?
Check it out athttp://whatever.scalzi.com/2009/11/09/writers-and-financial-woes-whats-going-on/I have to say I hear a lot of writers who are shocked at the costs associated with the job. I guess most people dream of having a book published, and a part of that fantasy is a windfall like Stephenie Meyer or J. K. Rawling enjoy. Frankly, you're more likely to get hit by lightning than to hit the jackpot as they did.Instead, it's much more realistic … [Read more...] about Great Post on Writers and Their Finances
I've had two people within the past week ask me how I handle rejection. One said, "Joanna, have you ever had anything rejected by your publisher?"Well, yeah.And I'll tell you how I've come to think about this...See you can't get to the east coast or the west coast without crossing mountains. You can fly over them, or you can drive over them, but one way or the other, you've got to pass through them.Rejection in this business is like mountains. … [Read more...] about About Rejection…
I'm welcoming another Campbell to my blog today … [Read more...] about Coming Out with THE SUREST POISON
The hottest, hippest act in Classical Music today, the group that has folks literally dancing in the aisles is a group of Steinway piano playing siblings from Utah, The 5 Browns. Desirae, Deondra, Gregory, Melody and Ryan not only play together professionally right now, they have the distinction of being the only family to attend Julliard simultaneously. Last weekend visited my husband's store (Steinway Piano Gallery of St. Louis), played a … [Read more...] about What You and I Can Learn from Classical Music's Hottest Act