Category Archives: Published Work

Literary Agent Interview: Melissa Flashman

My second interview for the Guide to Literary Agents blog over at Writer’s Digest is up!

I interviewed the wonderful literary agent, Melissa Flashman of Trident Media Group, LLC.

If you’re in the market of writing nonfiction and YA and you’re wondering:

What makes a great nonfiction query?

What’s are some of the biggest query pet peeves?

Then, this is one interview you should check out!


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Your Healthy Living Update

Family

Are your children starting to flee from the nest you’ve built, making you an empty-nester? If so, check out these Three Helpful Tips for Empty Nesters!

Were you spanked as a child? Do you plan to spank your children? The debate on spanking has raged on for years but what does the latest research have to say on the topic? What are the Effects of Spanking?

Mind & Body

Are you a multitasker? Does your job or home life require you to juggle several things at once? Then check out this article on how you can be more efficient and less stressed: Multitaskers: How to Increase Your Focus at Work.

Have your ever noticed that the Grass is ALWAYS Greener when you’re trying to achieve your dreams? According to neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson, that may be because your going after your dreams with attachment instead of aspiration. Learn more about the difference here: How to Achieve Your Dreams.

Sex & Relationships

You’re single and you don’t know why can’t find someone to date. Check out this article, Is Dating in the Modern World More Difficult?, to learn 6 reasons behind why first dates are failing in record numbers.

Everyone knows about The Sex Talk that parents give to their children about sex…and its consequences. But have you and your partner had your own sex talk? According to certified sex therapist Laurie Watson, this is one conversation every couple should have: Talking with Your Partner About Sex.
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The 10 Best Makeup Tutorials on YouTube + Redecorating Tips and 2012 Trends

Are you tired of your make-up routine? Are you dying to learn the hottest makeup trends for spring and summer?

Then no look no further, I conducted extensive research to provide you with The 10 Best Makeup Tutorials On YouTube! So you can learn more about makeup in a matter of minutes.

Ok…so…I also have a confession to make: my husband and I recently moved to a new home and I was at a loss on how to redecorate. That’s why I interviewed Home Decor Guru, Phil Tracey, for Betty Confidential to find out the best redecorating tips and the 411 on the hottest decorating trends for 2012!

Check it out: Decorate Your Home in Spring’s Fun Colors and Trends.

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Writer’s Digest: Guide to Literary Agents Blog

Let today go down as the coolest day in history…

Why is today the coolest day you ask? It’s because my first interview for the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, over at Writer’s Digest is up!

I interviewed the fabulous agent, Elizabeth Evans from the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

If you’re in the market of writing nonfiction and you’re wondering:

What’s a common mistake that occurs when someone sends in a nonfiction book proposal?

What’s the biggest chapter one non-fiction no-no?

What’s the best way I can build my platform?

Then, this is one interview you can’t afford to miss! 

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Your Healthy Living Update

I wanted to kick-start this Monday with a few of my healthy living articles. And let’s be honest, who couldn’t use more healthy lifestyle tips?! So grab your latte energy drink green tea and get ready to learn something new:

Family

Did you hear about the 6-year-old boy that was a placed into police custody after he threw a tantrum at an elementary school in Indiana? This article discusses the incident and offers 3 tips to help parents Reduce Your Child’s Behavioral Problems in School.

Now that summer is underway, are you having a hard time getting your kids to walk away from their Xbox and step outside to play for a change? It may be because our children are suffering from what is now being called, “Nature-Deficit Disorder: A Generational Nature Gap.”

Mind & Body

With the ever-depressing news coverage these days, it shouldn’t be too surprising that many people are fearful and suffer from anxiety. According to neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson, humans have been bred to be fearful. Check out why that is and how you can change it: How to Overcome Fearfulness.

Did you find yourself identifying with Charlize Theron in her latest movie, Young-Adult? If so, here are three-must-read tips on How to Enjoy Your Life!

Sex & Relationships 

Did you know that there are Five Common Barriers to Listening? I’m guilty of #1….ok and #2

Do you believe that some couples simply fall out of love with each other? According to clinical psychologist and marriage counselor, Dr. Randi Gunther, that doesn’t happen. Learn why: Have you Fallen Out of Love?

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My Second Article Spread for a Magazine!

As some of you know, I’ve been a fashion and beauty writer for the magazine CHAOS

And guess what? My latest article FINALLY came out!

For the piece, I interviewed a new up and coming New York illustration artist, Rachel Kolby, on her artwork. In my article, I talk with Rachel about why she decided to pursue a career as an artist and the difficulty of pursuing that career in our struggling economy.

Here is a small excerpt from the introduction: “For a moment, the world has stopped. You’re not worrying about whether or not you’ll have a job tomorrow. You’re not thinking about the fact that you’re late again on the rent. It doesn’t bother you that your tire is flatter than a sheet of paper. Your troubles are still surely there but they can wait. They aren’t bothering you for a few minutes because you’re standing still. You’re eyes are locked onto something. You can’t tear them away from it. It captures you. It speaks to you. It’s as if someone looked deep into the very core of your soul. You’re admiring a piece of art.”

Check out my 8-page article spread in CHAOS, Winter Issue #13, it’s titled, “Stop suppressing and start expressing: CHAOS meets Illustration Artist Rachael Kolby.” My article is on pages 106-113. But to save you from having to look through 320 pages to find it, you can simply click on the images below for a full-size view of each page to read it!

The Write Stuff is Changing!

As I look back at the year 2011, it has flown by much too quickly…and while I have accomplished a lot, there are things I still haven’t finished.

As a writer who’s seeking publication, one of the first things you hear is to get a blog. It’s looks wonderful to publishers, it gets your name out there, and it gets you into the habit of writing. Now that I’ve had this blog for two years, I can honestly say it’s all true.

My blog is what pushed me to start writing on a regular basis. I’ve interviewed dozens of authors and discovered invaluable tips. It’s the reason I actually wrote my 1st complete novel, a dream I had since childhood. It’s what has connected me to other book lovers, writers, authors, and even publishers.

I’ve met a whole host of wonderful people and I can’t tell you how much each and every comment I’ve received means to me. All and all, it’s been a ton a fun. But, I didn’t set out to have the most famous blog ever or run this website like a mini-empire even if I secretly want to...in fact it’s like The Ring in Lord of The Rings…it’s My Precious, my sweet. The more I multitask to meet all my deadlines at hand from freelance work and establish new interviews for this blog, I end up looking more and more like Smegal with my husband urging me to let go of the keyboard and go outside for some sunlight.

As fun as blogs are they can be quite distracting and I don’t just want to be someone who interviews authors or reads and reviews their books and leaves the dream with them. I want to be that author instead.

So, I’ve decided to change up my blog. While it’s been a source for author interviews, the 411 on new books, and a host of giveaways in the past, I want to focus solely on writing for a period of time.

That means I’ll be blogging about writing, my journey as I pursue my dream to become an author, any new books I read on writing, tips I find for writers, any writer events I attend, how my book editing is going, if I’m writing something new—pretty much anything that serves to help me actually keep creatively writing everyday and helps other writers accomplish their dreams too!

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Please Eat Cake Today and Celebrate: 2nd Blog Anniversary

I have a *HUGE* request to make of you today. Would you please eat cake? We’re celebrating our 2nd Blogversary and it’d mean a lot to us. It doesn’t even have to be cake…cupcakes or brownies are allowed as is any type of cheesecake. We’re flexible like that at The Write Stuff.

I’ve been wondering how old this blog really is if it was being compared to humans. Let’s be honest. There are a lot of blogs don’t last that long. They tend to be picked up and dropped like hot cakes depending on the week, month, or in some cases years. So how old is The Write Stuff? I’m going to say that each human year roughly equals 15 years in blog time…so that makes us 30.

And just like anyone who’s reached this…shall we say milestone, we don’t celebrate on the exact day. No, no, we let it go until it’s 2 months later and we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that time has in fact flown by and we’ve decided we might as well throw a party! You see, our Blog-B-Day was technically on February 11th. So we hope you understand our predicament. The important thing is that we did decide to celebrate despite our milestone! And who can pass up a chance to eat celebratory cake?? 

This is about the spot in the blog post, where I brag tell you all about what the last year has brought me. And since I’m pretty proud, here it goes: 🙂

1) I became a Fashion, Beauty, and Style freelance writer for the online magazine, Betty Confidential, which was over 2 million visitors per month and was voted by Forbes as one of the top 100 websites for women. This position led to a pile of shockingly fabulous articles that plunged me into the world of Gucci and Marc Jacobs. This led to a few other fashion articles for the website, LipglossCulture.com as well.

2) As a result, I had the amazing opportunity to write my first big magazine spread for CHAOS magazine. I interviewed an international fashion designer, Christina Krämer who is located in Switzerland, about her new environmentally friendly label. My article was titled, “Mother Earth in Heels,” and it was 6 pages long! I about died when it came out…and I incidentally should have another article coming out soon for CHAOS!

3) I finally got the chance to dabble in newspaper! I became a Restaurant Reviewer for The Coloradoan, a newspaper that covers news for Northern Colorado. My job was to check out local restaurants in Fort Collins, CO and critique their food which I did for three mouth-watering restaurants. It was a blast. There’s no other way to put it. I also wrote an article for The Woodman Edition, a weekly newspaper in Colorado Springs, CO for a local feature on the hottest hiking spots for summer.

4) Last but not least. My greatest accomplishment to date: I was given the amazing opportunity to combine my degree in Psychology and my own personal research into the field of Health and Social Psychology with writing when I became the Healthy Living Expert for Health Daily Online. My section includes the subchannels: Mind & Body, Sex & Relationships, and Family. If I haven’t said much about this, it’s because I’m busy writing weekly and keeping tabs on the latest research out there for each section.

In fact, I’m coming up on my 300th article in a few short weeks!

5) I wrote my first YA novel. 65,000 words baby. All I have to do now is cut that puppy up into little editing pieces and but it back together. As you can see, it’s a mystery as to why I’ve been putting this off lately.

This year has been full of opportunity and I’m incredibly thankful. I’m *VERY* thankful to each and every one of you that has followed my blog. A writer is nothing without support and interest, so I really thank you.

I also wanted to tell you that changes are coming to The Write Stuff…so stay tuned for my new post next Monday!!!

AND DON’T FORGET TO EAT CAKE!!

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Monday Updates + New Contests + Simple Yoga Tips

*For the next two weeks, we’re giving away the debut novel of award-wining writer, Meryl Davids Landau, whose work has appeared in GlamourO The Oprah Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. Check back later today to read the review and enter for your chance to win a copy of her novel, Downward Dog, Upward Fog.

In spirt of her novel which is based on yoga, meditation, and spiritual growth, I have a few how-to articles of mine that are perfect for beginners:

Stress-Reducing One-Minute Yoga: 3 Techniques you can do in three minutes or less.

Reduce Tension in Your Neck and Shoulders: Tips to alleviate back and neck pain for good.

Video: Five Ways to Reenergize Yourself

Staying Mindful in our Daily Communications: There is one thing we all want as we live our lives: to love and to be loved.

Tips to Help You Keep Calm: When all else fails, you need to step out of the box!

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Happy Valentine’s Day + Last Minute Gift Ideas

I hope everyone’s diet and day today are reduced to chocolate! Chocolate caramels, chocolate covered strawberries, and snacking on gamble boxes of chocolate—all while watching the movie Chocolat.

While you enjoy yourself, check out these last-minute gift ideas and advice perfect for Valentine’s Day:

*New Fragrances Your Lover Will Love on Valentine’s Day: Brand-new fragrances perfect for any woman.

*What to Get Your Girlfriend for Valentine’s Day: What you shouldn’t miss

*What to Get Your Man for Vday: Men are hard to decipher sometimes.

*Have a Happy Chocolate-Filled Valentine’s Day*

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