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Recovering From Suicide Loss

The path of recovering from suicide loss is different for every survivor, yet all paths to healing have the same elements in common. Survivors cope with shock, guilt, and anger. They also experience feelings of rejection, stigma, and shame. A Harvard study states that “…a loss through suicide is like no other, and grieving can be especially complex and traumatic.” It has been over forty years since I wrote a novel in which the widow of a man who took [...]

By |July 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Recovering From Suicide Loss

Get the Most Out of a Writing Conference: A Guide

To get the most out of a writing conference depends on the reason you are considering attending one. Choosing a conference that meets your needs and interests is essential. Before you commit your time and money, there are questions you should ask: • Do you need and/or want help with a manuscript? • How much one-to-one help do you expect? • Do you hope to learn from writers whose work you respect? • Are you self-published and seeking marketing advice? [...]

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Get the Most Out of a Writing Conference: A Guide

Writers’ Conferences: An Investment or a Waste of Money?

It is a fair question to ask if writers' conferences are an investment or a waste of money. Some aspiring writers consider going to a writers' conference as an investment in their careers. But no one wants to waste money attending a conference that isn't likely to deliver what they're looking for. Creative writing conferences are thriving from coast to coast, from the Yale Writers’ Conference in New Haven to the San Francisco Writers’ Conference. There are conferences for every [...]

By |August 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Writers’ Conferences: An Investment or a Waste of Money?

How I Came to Write Sarah Barefield

To the people who have read SARA BAREFIELD, her situation is so real to them that I have been asked questions that I hope to answer here. I wasn't a social worker; nor did I know a single mother like Sara. And I have been blessed in that I have never been on welfare or have had the need to apply for food stamps. I got the idea for SARA BAREFIELD while working as a volunteer in a women's center [...]

By |June 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on How I Came to Write Sarah Barefield

Pitching to Agents: What are the odds?

Pitching to agents at writing conferences is a big draw. Thousands of authors will be pitching their unpublished manuscripts to agents and editors in 2020. They will pay an extra premium above the conference cost for the privilege, and because the slots are limited, they are sold out fast. What happens during these sessions? Are they effective? Pitching sessions are like speed dating on steroids. Authors seeking representation are given a set time, anywhere between 90 seconds and 15 minutes, [...]

By |January 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pitching to Agents: What are the odds?