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My Debut Novel Has Sold in a 2-Book Deal!

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 | 9 comments

My Debut Novel Has Sold in a 2-Book Deal!

Wow. It is so crazy to finally write those words! For those of you who have been following me since the beginning (I recently looked back and discovered that I’ve been writing this blog for 8 years!), you’ve seen me through so much. I started this blog back when I really didn’t know much about writing and absolutely nothing about publishing and I think it might be one of the best decisions I ever made. Blogging and connecting with other writers on social media has been my...

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Guest Blog: Design Your Writing Career from the Top Down

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 | 0 comments

Guest Blog: Design Your Writing Career from the Top Down

Today I’m over at the Writers in the Storm blog talking about creating a career plan. I’m also giving away a free writing career template! Check out the blog and find out how to get your copy. I’d also love to hear your comments on whether or not you have a career plan and what you’d like to add to it! When we first start writing, it’s only natural to start with…well, writing. I remember when I first imagined the idea of writing a book. It was an absolutely...

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Guest Blog: The ABC’s of Writing – Always Be Creating

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Guest Blog: The ABC’s of Writing – Always Be Creating

I’m over on the Erindipity blog today talking about one of my most important writing goals for 2016 and I have a few tips for how you can make it one of your goals too! There is a lot of pressure on writers today. I know this is not news to you. Even when I first started writing novels about eight years ago, before I knew much about the publishing industry, I had the intuitive sense that there was a tough standard to be upheld. From the get-go, I put a lot of pressure on myself to be...

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Guest Blog: Why Writers Need Human Connection

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Guest Blog: Why Writers Need Human Connection

I’m over at Writers in the Storm today talking about why writers need to get out of their caves and connect with other people. I can tell you, it has made a HUGE difference in my life, and my writing. I would love to hear your comments! What do you imagine the most productive writing life to look like? The most creative? The most dedicated? Do you imagine it, like I often do, to look like a cabin hidden away in the woods with no wi-fi and food that appears with the snap of your fingers?...

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Guest Blog: Are Artists Still Allowed to Be Neurotic?

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Guest Blog: Are Artists Still Allowed to Be Neurotic?

Another post over on Thinking Through Our Fingers today–this one about what it’s like to live as an artist and how hard it can sometimes be to fit into modern society. Come check it out and leave a comment! There’s this ongoing joke in the writing community: that writers are all a little bit crazy. We talk to imaginary people, have unusual habits and rituals for ensuring a good day’s work, and we’re often workaholics to the point that it would be perfectly expected...

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Guest Blog: 7 Ways to Love Reading More

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Guest Blog: 7 Ways to Love Reading More

I’m high on reading lately (lately? always?) so I had to talk about my favorite ways to make reading even better on Lynne St James’s blog today. As if that’s possible! Do you have any fun reading rituals I can steal? Come leave a comment and share them with me! Recent studies have shown that nearly half of Americans have not read a book in the last year. More than that, about a third of Americans will never read a single book after graduating high school. As a certified...

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Guest Blog: 4 Steps to Happy Writing Productivity

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Guest Blog: 4 Steps to Happy Writing Productivity

I’m over at the Writers in the Storm blog (always one of my favorite places to be!) today! I’m sharing some tips on what I’m trying this year to balance productivity and happiness. The beginning of the new year is always a great time to step back and reevaluate our routines. Sure, we all have resolutions and goals for the coming year (finally finishing that book probably being one of them) but if we continue to approach our goals and resolutions in the same way we did last...

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Event: Improve Your Writing Through Critique

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Event: Improve Your Writing Through Critique

Hey Writers! This weekend I’m presenting another workshop for YOU, on a topic that has played a big role in my writing life: critiquing. I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some amazing people over the years and now I’m excited to talk about why critiquing is important, how to give a good critique, how to receive them graciously, where to find critique groups and partners, and how to have a successful critique relationship. But my main goal is to introduce you to other...

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Interview with Emily Wenzl of Literary Fort Collins

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 | 0 comments

Interview with Emily Wenzl of Literary Fort Collins

This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Emily Wenzl who I met at my recent workshop to do an interview for her blog that focuses on the amazing writing community we have in Fort Collins. It was so much fun to chat about my writing process and what I’m working on. Here’s a bit about what we talked about: “Jamie Raintree, local author, wasn’t a person who was writing novels with a crayon at a young age. Although she wrote a couple of short stories throughout high...

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Guest Blog: On Creating Online Writing Communities and Virtual Hugs at Writers in the Storm

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Guest Blog: On Creating Online Writing Communities and Virtual Hugs at Writers in the Storm

Today, I am thrilled to be over on Writers in the Storm, one of Writer’s Digests 100 Best Websites for Writers! Come check out my post and the other great information they have to offer! When I first started dabbling in writing almost a decade ago, the internet was only just starting to become social. There was no Facebook, no Twitter, no Youtube. Even MySpace was still a place for musicians and high school kids, and I was neither by the time it gained mainstream popularity. The problem...

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