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7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Finally, you have some free time to write! You sit down, put your hands on the keyboard anndddd … nothing. Hmmm, that’s funny. You reposition yourself in your seat and try again. Still nothing. I could use my imagination and try to guess what happens next—maybe there’s a few expletives or some crumpled up sheets of paper. Regardless of what actually ensues, frustration certainly sets in.   I didn’t actually poll the entire population of the world, but I’m pretty confident every … [Read more...]

Book Marketing: What’s Your Time & Effort Worth?

Embarking on your publishing journey into the book world is a thrilling and challenging experience! Along your self-publishing way are trails that twist and turn through tough choices such as final manuscript revisions, or choosing an appealing cover design. But your author journey doesn’t end once your book is ready for readers. It’s only just begun! The next leg of your publishing adventure is along the winding path of book marketing. (How else will your book end up in the hands of your new … [Read more...]

Edit Before Editing: Why the End Is Only the Beginning

After pouring out pages of your creative sweat and tears, you finally type every writer’s favorite closing words:   THE END   Your book manuscript is now ready to submit to your editor, right? Not quite … It’s time to switch out your writer’s hat and think like an editor. Don’t fear the editor’s hat! We aren’t the evil destroyers of your creative dreams with our red pen markups and detailed comments. Editors want to help your book dream become a reality and we are … [Read more...]

Second Child: A Tumultuous and Thrilling Ride Filled with Greed and Moral Conflict

Second Child can’t be pigeonholed to a single genre, because it is much more than a medical thriller. It is a drama comparable to those of bestselling author Jodi Picoult, complete with a moral and ethical dilemma involving the production of human embryonic stem cells and reproductive transplantation; also known as cloning. It is a tumultuous ride that combines the promise of staggering medical advances, greed, vanity, marriage and the intensity of the love a parent has for their child. Dr. … [Read more...]

Smart Networking: A Beginner’s Guide to Connecting with the Right People

Networking is an art that has baffled countless job seekers and professionals over the years. While universities and websites like LinkedIn are making it easier to find contacts, many are unsure how to approach or even reach out to a complete stranger. Especially when that stranger could put them on a path to personal or financial success. Fortunately, one of St. Louis’ “Top 100 Business People to Know” has been gracious enough to publish a comprehensive guide on what you need to do to develop … [Read more...]

Q&A with Heather Grace Stewart

Heather Grace Stewart always knew she was destined for a career in writing. After volunteering for a cable news show in Kanata, Ontario, Heather decided she would pursue Canadian Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, followed by a journalism degree at Concordia University in Montreal. Whenever Heather was not reporting the local news or hitting the textbooks, she would spend afternoons writing poetry while overlooking Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence River. Although journalism was … [Read more...]

Building Character(s)

Creating compelling characters for your manuscript can be a daunting task. In order to retain your reader’s interest, you must craft interesting, full-bodied characters. New York Times best-selling author Kathleen Grissom (The Kitchen House, Glory Over Everything) emphatically believes that her characters make themselves known to her, and they “tell” her what to write about them. All writers are not that fortunate, so when creating the essential people in your work, think about the character as … [Read more...]


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