Sunday, May 18, 2014

A New Look At Rejection - Law & Order

I am a huge fan of Law & Order Criminal Intent. Recently, I heard the Jeff Goldblum character say that rejection is God's protection. It never feels good to receive a rejection letter from an agent or editor no matter what stage you are at in your writing career, but his comment made me look at rejection in a new way. Instead of feeling depressed when you receive that dreaded email, try asking yourself what could God (or the universe) be protecting you against? Is this a good time in your life for writing deadlines? Perhaps a positive change is coming and you need the extra time to enjoy your promotion, baby, grandchild, remodeling project, move to a new home, etc. Is the editor of the line known for huge rewrites that you would not welcome? Or maybe that editor is about to leave for another publisher. If she took you on, you might find her replaced by an editor that doesn't like your style. The publisher may be about to sell the company or face bankruptcy. There is always the chance that you are close to publication, but still need to learn a bit more about your craft and this rejection is protecting you from embarrassment.

If you choose to accept that rejection is a form of protection, then put that dreaded email behind you and continue to write and learn more about your craft. When you receive your contract, it will be a distant memory.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Introducing Shari Broyer

It is my pleasure to introduce Shari Broyer and her book Ether Man.

This quixotic story blends paranormal mystery, comedy and romance.

If you hear a voice in your head, you’re schizoid, right? Not Esther, she’s conjured up Ether Man, a being she can hear and sometimes feel. But when Irving, the EM, refuses to fully manifest, a frustrated Esther vanquishes him and books a singles cruise for herself and her BFF, Yolanda. Aboard ship, Irving reappears as a “stowaway”; Esther meets the man of her dreams; and Yolanda meets trouble. Now, Esther and Yolanda must prove their innocence in a murder case, and Irving tags along.

You can purchase her book at Amazon.

Shari Broyer has been writing since childhood. Her earliest award: a 1st place trophy for Creative Writing at 8th grade graduation. She writes in many genres and does not restrict her creative muses (she believes she has far more than the nine commonly known ones).
Formerly she was: Editor in Chief of Kent State University--Ashtabula's literary magazine, Kaleidoscope; Facilitator, Writers' Forum, Barnes and Noble, High Point, NC; host of Writer's Digest World's Largest Writing Workshop; published in various literary anthologies; top 100 winner, Writer's Digest 2000 competition--Inspirational category, etc.
Currently, she facilitates Writers Roundtable at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ; is Board member/Newsletter Editor for the Desert Rose Chapter of Romance Writers of America and is also a manuscript editor for hire (see her website She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and its local Chapter, Christian Writers of the West. When not feverishly writing or editing, she enjoys reading, swimming, mild hiking, the arts (theater, ballet, concerts, art galleries, art shows, museums, etc.), traveling, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her cat, Baby, who by the way, is featured on the cover of The Cat Who Would Be Black.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Writing With Emotion

If you are like me, Mother's Day brought with it a mixture of emotions. My daughter prepared dinner for my husband me Saturday night. Watching her cook, in the home she decorated, filled my chest with pride. Of course, we reminisced. I laughed while telling her husband stories about her childhood. Later, she gave me a coffee cup with a sun border. She had written the lyrics to "You Are My Sunshine" on the coffee cup. I remembered gazing into her eyes and singing that song to her when she was a baby. Tears welled in my eyes.

Today, my husband and I took my mother out for a late lunch. This time I remembered being the child. We pulled out our iPhones and shared family pictures stored on Facebook. All those yesterdays flooded back. My heart ached for my brothers living in different states. I don't see enough of them.

Holidays give us a chance to get in touch with our emotions and to be grateful for the people in our lives. As writers, it is our job to create worlds in which our characters feel those same emotions. If we do our job well, our readers won't have to wait for holidays to laugh, love and cry; they can open the pages of a romance novel.