Writing More Words Won’t Make You a Great Author

August 5, 2016By Christina Delay

By Julie Glover, 2015 RWA® Golden Heart®FinalistI was recently listening to a Freakonomics podcast titled “How to Become Great at Just About Anything.” Given that I’d like to be a great author, I wanted to know what researchers have identified as the secrets to success. Let me highlight one of the most important concepts they … Read More

A Zipline to a Publishing Contract

August 1, 2016By Christina Delay

I don’t know about you, but I feel as though there is a huge gap between unpublished author and editor of a publishing house. How about you?It’s like there’s a giant chasm and the chasm, depending on what genre you write, is full of gnashing teeth and bodiless claws (fantasy). Or maybe it’s full of, … Read More

The Reluctant Cruiser

July 29, 2016By Christina Delay

By Laura DrakeI’m not a cruiser. Seriously. I look like a sea lion in a bathing suit, I can’t sit still long enough to watch a movie, I don’t gamble, and that just the thought of me on that wave-making thingy makes me laugh (and check my health insurance for medivac). We take 4,000-mile motorcycle … Read More

The Power of Going on a Writing Retreat with a Bestselling Author

July 20, 2016By Christina Delay

The first time I got invited to one of Margie Lawson’s 5-day immersions with a bestselling author and multi-award-winning authors (who were workshop attendees, not teachers), I almost peed from nervousness, excitement, and oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-believe-this!When I arrived at the immersion, I played it cool. You know what I mean. That whole, yeah, I’m an unpublished, unknown, … Read More

A Note from our Writing Cruise Publishing House Editor!

July 15, 2016By Christina Delay

I am so excited to be joining you all at the Cruising Writers writing cruise in October! I will be representing Jolly Fish Press, a publishing house based in Provo, Utah, which publishes trade fiction and select non-fiction books in the national and international market.This is an exciting time to be a writer! Not only are … Read More

The Power of a 7-Day Writing Retreat with a Literary Agent

July 11, 2016By Christina Delay

It wasn’t until our first writing retreat with literary agent, Deidre Knight, president of The Knight Agency, that I realized the immeasurable value of getting to spend seven straight days with a top professional in the writing industry.A typical agent – aspiring author conversation happens under ten minutes with talk central to the author’s story. There is … Read More

An Introvert Writer’s Guide to Navigating a Cruise Ship

July 8, 2016By Christina Delay

By Julie Glover, Young Adult Author2015 RWA® Golden Heart® FinalistI’m an introvert, through and through.While some mistake introversion for shyness, it’s really about where you get your energy. Although I enjoy people and can be quite talkative, being among bunches of people for long periods of time tuckers me out. It’s like being a leaky air … Read More

How Margie Lawson’s Teachings Changed My Life

July 4, 2016By Christina Delay

Have you ever met someone and knew, from like the first second, that they would change your life?Margie Lawson was that person for me.  A little over three years ago, I was struggling as a writer. I had done all I could on my own and I knew enough to know what I had done … Read More

Why a Writing Cruise is Integral to Deep Character Research

July 1, 2016By Christina Delay

By Julie GloverWe gathered on deck for the ship’s safety talk that precedes every cruise. Huddled into assigned groups, we signed away any comfortable personal space and waited for the all-clear signal to disperse. Which took a long time.I scanned the crowd, curious about those around me who had also boarded the ship. Were they … Read More