Category Archives: PNWA

The Dreaded Synopsis

 Ugga-mugga.  I hate writing synopses even more than I hate writing queries.  I suppose I wouldn’t mind them so much if I felt confident about writing them, but since my measurement for  success is a sale of my novel for … Continue reading

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Not So Dead Lines

The deadline for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest is looming.  The deadline is February 17, for those of you who are interested.  If you’re a member, it’s only $35 per entry, and you get TWO professional critiques on … Continue reading

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Into the Badlands: First Page Critiques

One of the sessions that rocked my world at the PNWA conference in Seattle last week was a 90-minute session called “First Page”.  Attendees were encouraged to bring the first page of their manuscripts, and listen to what three professionals … Continue reading

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Perfect Pitch

Back from a terrific four days in Seattle, attending the Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference.  Wonderful venue, speakers, editors, agents, writers, sessions, weather, and reconnecting with friends.  I’d say that one of the biggest highlights for me was Chuck Sambuchino … Continue reading

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Out in Public

This week, I’m off to Seattle for the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, where I’ll be mingling with agents, publishers, editors, experts, and other fellow writers.  I’ve never attended this particular conference before, but I AM a member, so this will … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Winning

Had a strange day Thursday (yesterday).  We had a HUGE thunderstorm on Wednesday night, which cleared up at sunset (around 9:30pm, for those of you living in temperate climes).  The double rainbow reflected against a maroon sky took my breath … Continue reading

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