TEA and Empathy

Adding Torture, Emotion, and Angst to Your Manuscript

I’ll take my TEA with rogues, scoundrels, and a side of rakes, please.



Add Emotion by Christie Craig and Faye Hughes


Adding Emotion


Emotional Punch


From the Very First Line: Seducing the Reader, a workshop by NYT paranormal romance author, Darynda Jones

Check appearances: http://www.darynda.com/07092011/

Make ‘Em Laugh, Make ‘Em Cry


Writing the Emotional Body Blow


Potluck: Links for Authors

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the feast! – Jillian


New Agents http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/new-agency-alerts


High Concept http://jennyhansenauthor.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/why-do-you-blog-part-iv/

Ideas http://michaelhyatt.com/13-blog-post-ideas-for-novelists.html

Tips http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/11/possibly-the-best-blogging-tip-ever/


Current Trends http://blog.winepresspublishing.com/2012/09/current-trends-in-the-book-buyer-market/

Debut Authors http://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/394-how-readers-discovered-a-debut-novel-a-case-study

Ebook vs. Print http://www.roniloren.com/blog/2012/11/15/ebook-or-print-when-do-you-buy-one-over-the-other.html

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DANGER Do Not Go Beyond This Point

What does this sign have to do with authors? After all, our characters are more likely to fall off a cliff than we are. Right?

Maybe not. By the time a manuscript is in its final editing and polishing phase, we don’t just question our decisions. We obsess over them. From big picture elements such as character arc and plot points to smaller details like finding the 58th way to express a look.

Why do we obsess? The next step could be fatal. If a submission package is sent off in less than perfect condition, it might plummet to a premature demise at the bottom of an agent or editor’s slush pile.

Even if we set our WIP (Work in Progress) aside for a few weeks before the final pass, we are too close to our characters and our stories to see everything clearly. Until someone invents neon pop-up warning signs for writers, the “fresh eyes” of new beta readers or critique partners are essential to the survival of our manuscripts.

How do you find new readers for your work? What do you obsess about when you are polishing a manuscript for submission?

Off to See the Conference, My First Writers’ Conference in Oz!

Attending a writers’ conference is like being in a surrealistic version of The Wizard of Oz. I left my pets at home, since they wouldn’t fit in my carry-on luggage. Besides TSA agents might consider dust bunnies flammable materials and detain me. Despite some turbulence I was safely transported to the conference via airplane.

Upon landing at a hotel with wicked key cards, I was greeted by my Good Writer Fairy and roommate, Haley Whitehall, who gave me her pitch appointment time. I wasn’t disappointed about not having red shoes like Dorothy, because The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood had recently awarded me second place in the Make It Golden Contest.

I freed Haley from being locked out of our room, restored the movements of the metal elevator without an oilcan, and encouraged the animated Margie Lawson to join us on the carpeted road of the third floor. We entered the Emerald City Writer’s Conference with hopes that The Great and Powerful Organizers would grant us opportunities to overcome the obstacles to our hearts’ desires.

They did. Haley sold novels at her first book signing, Margie garnered an invitation to present at another writer’s conference. I was  thrilled to visit with the talented Becky Martinez, Laurie Schnebly-Campbell, Cherry Adair, Meljean Brook, Rose Lerner, and Darynda Jones. Darynda will be critiquing 25 pages of my manuscript, the prize from the Make It Golden Contest.

After repacking my carry-on luggage three times, I bid Haley and Margie farewell and returned home. I was glad to be back with my family and friends in a land where scissors, tweezers, and more than 3.4 oz. liquids are allowed. I was even glad to see my dust bunnies until I realized they had multiplied. Again.

Haley Whitehall promoting her Civil War fiction novels, Living Half Free and Grits and Glory

Historical author, Haley Whitehall, and author / workshop presenter, Margie Lawson

Author / workshop presenter, Laurie Schnebly-Campbell, and author, Haley Whitehall