San Francisco Writers Conference

How To Create a Form Query Letter That Won’t Get Automatically Rejected.

How To Create a Form Query Letter That Won’t Get Automatically Rejected.

Agents and editors always seem to reply in form letters. Have you noticed? If not, I’m hoping it’s because you haven’t sent out any queries yet. Good. That means you’ll have read this before making an ironic but critical mistake that many hopeful writers make: creating a form query letter that you believe will be universal, but will […]

Do We Still Need Grammar?: Form and Function For the New Writer

This is a topic with many layers, and I’m sure that some people will argue with me, but that’s fine. Hear me out. We writers live in an altered head-space. There’s this whole other world in which we dwell where the function of a piece is more often the goal, and the form can just […]

There Is No Try: Why Writers Fail

Since the San Francisco Writer’s Conference (something that always gets me thinking about my writing process) I’ve been considering the intellectual side of writing as a profession. How can an author go from a hobbyist that happens to get an occasional review or fanmail, to someone making a living at producing literature? It’s a very critical […]

Interfacing with Technology: Using Technology to help your Writing Succeed

It seems like every time I go to a publishing event, I end up having at least three versions of the same conversation about the use of technology in the world of writing. This is probably due to the fact that my smartphone is glued to my hand; either that or my pact with the […]

2011 San Francisco Writers Conference

This year, I tried something new…I volunteered! My experience of the conference this year was amazing and somehow seemed to focus around technology, its impact on publishing, and on our experience as writers.  You would have supposed I worked for Apple or Microsoft, because it seemed like every conversation I had was as a technology […]