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July 1, 2018

Festivals, Podcasts, and Kickstarter - Oh My!

Kickstarter is ONE MONTH AWAY, and will be running from August 1st-31st to raise the funds needed for printing Book III, and I just spent the weekend filming the intro with video-vision-extraordinaire, Thomas Stoneham! (@beingtsj)

I'm also hard at work setting up an Instagram Book Tour, scheduling interviews, creating digital ads, Facebook events, etc. I'm hoping to make this the bes...

January 30, 2018

Welcome to the Official Secrets of The Tally Website!

Dearest Tally Supporters,

Wow!  What a week!  Time has gone SO fast since I put in my notice to leave work.  

The decision to leave my job and travel the country on a train sometimes makes me wonder if I'm crazy, but mostly has me so excited that I can barely sleep. 

I've officially finished my first draft of book three, and I'm going to take this time to ge...

March 15, 2017

     With Secrets of The Tally, the crisis was planning the Book Launch for August 22nd, while it was still the beginning of the year.  Because while my own schedule made perfect sense (Kickstarter in May, print the books in June, receive the books in July, launch the books near the end of August), the real world had other plans for me. (Kickstarter in May, printing starts further into June than planned, books are en route in...

July 6, 2016

It’s no secret that we ALL judge books by their covers.

It’s also no secret that I am the worst illustrator on the face of this planet.

So people like me HAVE to find artists who will:

          A) Put up with us

          B) Understand what we’re trying to explain through use of extremely detailed descriptions and caveman style pictograms (and sometimes charades, hieroglyphics, and interpretive dance, when nec...

April 12, 2016

You.  Yeah you, with the pen.  If you like writing, and haven’t yet been introduced to the wonderful world of Amtrak, here’s everything you need to know. (FYI, this is for America only. You Europeans have a whole different world of public transport.)

 

First of all, if you’re imagining an airplane-like situation, forget it. For long trips, Amtrak will put you on one of the double decker trains, and they’re wonderfully desig...

April 3, 2016

There comes a time in every writer’s life when they will be told: “Kill your darlings.”

 

It’s not an instruction to axe off your favorite characters, but rather to destroy huge chunks of your hard work for the benefit of the manuscript.  It's all about word count.  One of the toughest obstacles, in my opinion, novelists must face. 

 

Let’s take a second to put word count into perspective.

 

Remember high school, and...

March 20, 2016

If you're new to the publishing scene, or perhaps contemplating publishing, you can't afford to skip reading this.

 

This is a picture of my first writers conference, taken three years ago, and the only reason I ever attended was because one very passionate author sat down with me and demanded it. And I am SO thankful she did, because this is where my publishing journey changed from a stagnant dream to a reality.

 

Me: I've heard...

March 13, 2016

 After finishing and printing my very first draft of Catching Epics, I took a week away from it to clear my head.

 

Staying away for seven whole days was way harder than I expected.  Sometimes I think I may have a problem... Anyway, I came back to my editing table in Starbucks,  eager and ready to dive in.  I took a second to collect myself, convince myself I knew nothing about the book in my hands, and I started reading....

March 2, 2016

I'm just NOW reading it for the first time?!

 

Yes.  Today is the first time I've actually sat down and read a physical copy of my book. A fellow author warned me not to read Secrets of The Tally right after it came out, because it would still be too fresh in my head, and I'd inevitaby see things I would immediately want to change.  So I've spent the last year eating, sleeping, and breathing in the scent of marketing, sales, dis...

February 27, 2016

The Rough Draft of book two is officially finished, tentatively named "Catching Epics".


I know you guys have been waiting ever so patiently (or impatiently, some of you!) to hear what Catching Epics is going to entail.  I am going to hold off of the full synopsis for now (partly because I'm a horrible person, but mostly because I just don't have it written yet) and just give a few hints about what's coming.  If you haven'...

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