Category: Author

  • Take the Wheel Is Available!

    How did I end up not updating my homepage? Who knows. Take the Wheel came out, there were deadlines to meet, there were holidays, there were marketing moves, there were more deadlines … and my blog sat here alone and unloved. There was lots of activity over on the Take the Wheel page, though. And…

  • Take the Wheel Takes Another Step Toward Reality

    Take the Wheel has been edited, I have made the changes or stuck to my guns as necessary, and the text is now in the hands of the book designer. The designer is asking me to decide between fonts that look nearly identical to me and whether I want the page numbers in the middle…

  • Leggo My Logo!

    After several weeks of tweaking and and honing, Nicole at Spot Color Studio sent me the final versions of the logo for Take the Wheel this weekend! She made one vertical version that will work great for the cover of the book, both print and electronic versions, and one horizontal version that will grace the…

  • To All the Writers Whose Books I Edit: I Feel You

    I write lots. For a living. Editors often return my articles with red lines all over the place and blue notes in the comments and green highlighting for all the words I overuse. Being edited is nothing new to me. However. I was walking the dog the other afternoon, and it hit me mid-stride: Ali,…

  • Adding to Team Take the Wheel

    I met with Vinnie Kinsella at Indigo Editing yesterday to ask him questions about the publication process, since I am — or was — so admittedly clueless. He was very enlightening. He also agreed to design Take the Wheel and help me publish it. Here is my new understanding of the self-publishing process: As you can…

  • Moving Past the Glow of My Headlights

    Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. – E.L. Doctorow I think about this quote a lot. I usually operate well within the zone of my headlights. Even when I don’t know where a story…

  • Final Book Interviews!

    Today, I finished the last two interviews I’m allowing myself for the book formerly known as A Car of One’s Own.  The first was with a numbers guy who, despite being told what I was working on, answered my first question by telling me he didn’t have data broken down by male vs. female. Not so…

  • Trolling for Titles

    As I mentioned in my last post, Nicole the Mistress of Marketing told me at our first meeting about my book that I had a terrible title. I had been calling it A Car of One’s Own, a nod to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Turns out most women are not so up on their century-old feminist…

  • Putting My Money Where My Pen Is

    I wrote a draft of A Car of One’s Own last year and shopped it around to agents, to no avail. It’s a weird length at 30,000 words, and it’s not the kind of book a person would buy at Barnes and Noble for $15. It’s a tough sell for an agent. Publishing it electronically myself…