FALL! AUTUMN! Leaves are changing, sweaters are coming out of storage, and spooky scary skeleton season has surfaced! I had an amazing weekend. The reason for that being that, for the first time in the three years since I met her at at the Cincinnati Writer’s Digest Conference, I was in the same room asContinue reading “SWEATER WEATHER!!!”

The Amazing Amy & Her Band of Misfits (Me)

I mentioned it briefly in my last March post but I want to go into detail into the transition I’ve made in literary agents. Alyssa is now on her own writing journey and I wish her only the best as she continues to grow as an author and editor. I was beyond fortunate to haveContinue reading “The Amazing Amy & Her Band of Misfits (Me)”

Baby’s First Birthday & A Foreshadowed Change

Effective this past Friday, March 26th, The Sword & Shield has been available to the public for a year. It is officially one year old, which hardly seems real but apparently it is so I can deal with that reality in a future therapy session. So many amazing opportunities and experiences have opened up toContinue reading “Baby’s First Birthday & A Foreshadowed Change”

Creating a Kickass Query Letter

Before anything else, for the love of god, do NOT send out the same query letter to a bunch of different agents. It may save you some time, but the time you do spend will be wasted. If you don’t follow the agent’s directions your query will almost definitely go straight into the trash. AgentsContinue reading “Creating a Kickass Query Letter”

Writing Conferences: Why You Should Be Attending Them & Why Not All Are Created Equal

Writing itself is a solitary endeavor.  We sit at a keyboard/notebook/scroll of parchment and we pour our souls onto the template of our choosing.  But being a writer doesn’t mean you have to be alone.  There is a whole community of other writers out there, spanning the globe, that understand you in a way thatContinue reading “Writing Conferences: Why You Should Be Attending Them & Why Not All Are Created Equal”


It has been 24 hours since I signed my contract with C.Y.L.E. Literary Agency and the shock is finally starting to wear off. I e-signed the documents yesterday morning, before work, and they signed them soon after. It is official. I am a contracted writer. Which sounds more like a disease than anything else. IContinue reading “Contract”