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Connect with KC Writers this month & Client Spotlight on Paula Gleeson

Connect with KC Writers this month & Client Spotlight on Paula Gleeson

Posted on Aug 1, 2019 in Client Spotlight, KC Creates, KC Writes

Places to Connect with Kansas City Writers this August Monday, August 5th 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Story Center Critique Group. MCPL’s Woodneath Library, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO 64157. Anyone can show up.  You’re encouraged to bring five copies of your piece. (I believe up to 2,000 words.) The group is […]

First Draft Words & Writers United

First Draft Words & Writers United

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in KC Creates, KC Writes, Promotions

What are your first draft words? Every time I start a first draft I want to die, because its bad… really, really bad. It is full of lazy verbs, vague descriptions, and brimming with first draft words. First draft words are crutch words–the words I use to get me into a scene or get two […]

Stealth Edits at Writers United

Stealth Edits at Writers United

Posted on Jun 4, 2019 in KC Writes, Promotions

If you would like the chance to get five pages of your work edited, for free, by me, here’s what you need to do: 1) Join my writer email list. 2) Format your work in standard manuscript formatting. 3) Print a copy 4) Write the secret code word: BREATHER on your submission. (Hand write it, […]

Want to meet some Kansas City Writers? Save the Dates!

Want to meet some Kansas City Writers? Save the Dates!

Posted on May 10, 2019 in KC Writes, Promotions

I’m excited to be partnering with the Johnson County, KS Library for Writers United! Our amazing library is making it a little easier for writers to find one another by having monthly writer meet-ups this summer, and they were kind enough to invite me to be a guest host. If you’re in the KC area […]

Let’s work together! Apply by February 15, 2019 for spring coaching session.

Let’s work together! Apply by February 15, 2019 for spring coaching session.

Posted on Jan 9, 2019 in Promotions

2019 feels full of potential and unexpected surprises, just like that book you’ve been working on. Now’s the time to polish your manuscript and build your writing support system. You can do both in my spring coaching session. (Learn the full details here.) The session runs March 15th-July 15th and includes: One full developmental edit […]

I’m Going to Pavlov Dog the Crap Out of this Meditation Stuff

I’m Going to Pavlov Dog the Crap Out of this Meditation Stuff

Posted on Dec 1, 2018 in Essay, Interview

When I saw MEDITATION on the daily schedule at my writers’ retreat my first thought was: that hippy crap will never work for me. My brain runs one-million miles per hour with no exit ramps or stop signs. There is no way in hell I’d be able to sit and chant “ohm” for an hour […]

100 Rejections. Let’s Celebrate.

100 Rejections. Let’s Celebrate.

Posted on Nov 1, 2018 in Essay

I wrote this in 2016, when I was deep in the querying trenches trying to find the perfect agent. My work with YA4YA has me thinking a lot about that period of my life, because I’m trying to figure out the best way to mentor the authors I’ve decided to work with. I can’t say […]

A Jessica real-talk type interview on the Lit KC podcast with Jason Preu

A Jessica real-talk type interview on the Lit KC podcast with Jason Preu

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 in Interview, Promotions

Not going to lie, Jason Preu is one of my all time favorite writers. The fact he happens to live in my same town, and I’m lucky enough to call him a friend is mind blowing. He’s the only poet on earth that I religiously read. He also happens to be the host of the […]

Life on Deadline

Life on Deadline

Posted on Jul 2, 2018 in Essay

For me, the key to quality work on deadline is remove all decisions except the one’s that pertain to my scenes and characters. No real life decisions. No phone calls. No appointments outside the house. All of these things improve the likelihood of a successful day. My ground rules: 1) Recognize and appreciate the time […]

LitUP

LitUP

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in Essay, KC Creates, KC Writes

It’s a Saturday afternoon and I’m volunteering at a teen literary conference. I’m sitting at the book sales table talking to my new BFF, who’s name I can’t remember. The night before, she had asked about my shoes, “Were they comfortable when you got them?” In the midst of the very classy mixer, surrounded by […]