I'm a novelist, a teacher, and a 1+1 writing coach.
I help writers reach their goals, whether that means starting or finishing a book, publishing stories, landing an agent, or busting through writer's block. Together, we fine tune pages, draw out strengths, and build the mindset and momentum it takes to get results.
I tackle topics like whether or not you should get an MFA, how to survive rejection, the top eight reasons I do not think you should self publish, and a few reasons why maybe you should.
"A darkly funny, compulsively readable debut novel about two young flight attendants coming of age at 35,000 feet." - St. Martin's Press, 2013
What is your dream? What's getting in your way? I've been a gatekeeper (gasp!), a grad-level writing instructor, and a once-struggling novelist, so I have felt your pain. Now I'm here for you with professional feedback and support.
What I believe
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick to death of all the extremist rhetoric about publishing.
The defeatists need to get a grip. People still read. Publishers are still acquiring books. Authors are selling directly to readers, too.
But those chipper snake oil peddlers? Equally toxic. If someone tells you writing and publishing a book is easy, either they've never done it, or they're selling you something (follow my simple 1-2-3 formula and you’ll be rolling in cash!). These people aren't writers. They're marketers.
Here's what I think. We don't just want to write books. We want to write good books. We don't just want to make a buck. We want to lead fulfilling writers’ lives.
I'm on a mission to help writers build just that.
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