Sunday, May 24, 2015

Happy Memorial Day, and Thank You

As the daughter of a veteran, and a patriot despite our country's flaws (because, what country doesn't have flaws?), memorial day is special to me. I want to wish all veterans and those who love them a happy memorial day. Those who have given are not forgotten and those who still give are very appreciated.

Reflections by Lee Teter

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Seymour Agency Writer's Retreat Not to Be Missed

My writer friends, do I ever have a treat for you. If you are looking to expand your knowledge, make connections with great agents and editors of publishing houses, then you know writer's retreats and conferences are the place to be.

One of my agencies is hosting a fantastic retreat in the form of a 'working cruise' this coming January. Ports of call will be Cozumel Mexico and the Grand Caymans. Want to hit the sun and sand in the Caribbean with myself, other great authors, fabulous agents from the Seymour Agency, and publishing house editors? Check it out and sign up quick because spots are very limited:

Calling all authors.Picture yourself sitting poolside with published authors and literary agents as you hone your...
Posted by The Seymour Agency on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The price of the cruise starts at $424 per person based on double occupancy, flight to the Florida departure port is not included. But, as this is a 'working cruise' the entire cost is tax deductible!

What the Seymour agents rep:

Sci-fi/fantasy, romance, thrillers, mystery, horror, YA, NA, and more.
For more on the agency check out the Seymour Agency website. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

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I hope all you mom's out there have an absolutely wonderful day, and those who have moms, be sure to call her, send her a card, gift, email, connect with her via social media, something, anything, because moms are precious and we never know how long we'll have ours. 

To those who have lost their moms, today is a good day to remember the good times and perhaps plant a flower in her honor. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Conquering the Fear of Editing

Like most writers, I used to cringe at the very thought of editing one of my manuscripts. But now, it's my happy place. Out of the entire process from inspiration to finish, editing is the part I love the best. The writers among you in particular may wonder how I reached this magical place. I used to be a pantser: one who writes by the seat of their pants, letting inspiration guide them in whatever direction it chose. That can be a fun way to write, but it is a nightmare to edit such a book. And I say 'can be a fun way to write', because it can also be a headache. I used to get stumped all the time, lose forward momentum, get turned around, and all manner of other snares. It generally took me a year to write a book that way, and almost as long to edit it.

Then I attended a writer's retreat under the tutelage of the fabulous William Bernhardt (bestselling thriller author). Bill made me write an outline on a book I had already completed. It seemed silly until I finished it and realized all the plots holes and issues the outline revealed. And just like that, I went from a pantser to a plotter.

These days I write an outline before starting a new book. I follow it loosely, allowing the story to grow organically. Now, it takes me three to four months to write a book and only a month to edit it. Not only does outlining help me write faster, better, it takes the fear out of editing.
Born Of Fire, my channeler short is FREE on Amazon and B&N! Dragon Seer, my Dragon Empire short is FREE on B&N and here is the Kindle version.

The channeler series trailer: