business of writing

Last night on Twitter, fellow Carina Press author Marie Force asked for recommendations of movies that might become classics in the future. A short discussion ensued, and I mentioned Shakespeare in Love while Carina editor Deb Nemeth suggested Lord of the Rings. But it got me thinking …when does a […]

What makes a “classic”?

A couple of housekeeping notes before I get into the rest of the day’s posts:  I’m participating in Spook-a-palooza contest with other Samhain authors. Go on over to for all the details–you can win a Kindle along with other prizes. The Raven Scavenger Hunt is also still on. If […]

They want me to sign away what?

Meet Kathy Ivan My journey to publication began much like everyone else. I wrote when I was younger short little snippets of stories. Took creative writing classes in high school, but then real life invaded and my writing got pushed aside as reality struck. The longer I ignored it, the fainter […]

Debut Author Kathy Ivan: Desperate Choices

Before I got my first contract with Samhain, I’d enviously watched my friends at the Toronto Romance Writers as they had books released.  They’d moan about the time the promotion took, so I sympathized and murmured all the proper supportive phrases. But I had no idea what went on behind […]

The Glamor of a Writer’s Life

When unpublished writers first start thinking about actually getting published, we’re told it’s all about the writing. Getting that first line just right. The first paragraph. The first page. The first…well, you get the drift. We focus on word choice, and showing not telling, on not using passive voice or […]

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