Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tonight, on the Stephen Colbert show…

My last two blog entries have been way too too serious. I thought I’d have a little fun. Here, then, is my appearance on the Stephen Colbert show. Please enjoy! Stephen: “My guest tonight is Annette Drake, author of Celebration House, Bone Girl … Continue reading

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Breathe…breathe…breathe…

Pardon me while I have my anxiety attack. I just opened the returned manuscript for Bone Girl from one of my beta readers. I’m overwhelmed with all of the notes he made on it, written in red type, and all … Continue reading

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These authors a…

These authors are bypassing the gatekeepers – agents and publishers – who tell them “the prose isn’t drawing me in quite strongly enough” or “we don’t feel that your work is right for us at this time” or you make … Continue reading

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Time to quit

It was May, 1984. I was 15 years old, sitting in a sophomore history class at Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Missouri. My history teacher read the daily bulletin. First up in the school announcements were the names of my fellow … Continue reading

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Just finish the book. Again.

For years, this quote hung above my desk: 95% of people talk about writing a book, 30% of people start writing a book, 3% finish it. It will be one year ago next month that I started this blog. While … Continue reading

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Shhh! Can you keep a secret? Yeah. Me neither.

Everyone who knows me knows this about me: I can’t keep a secret to save my life. On New Year’s Eve, I received an amazing gift, but it came with one caveat: don’t tell anybody. Eeek! I could feel the … Continue reading

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Author spotlight: Troy Lambert

Author spotlight: Troy Lambert.

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