Amanda’s plans for 2017

Posted January 3, 2017 by Amanda Shofner in Amanda's words, Goal Tracking
Amanda’s plans for 2017

I started 2016 full of intentions and plans for publishing. I’d finished the first draft of Redemption in November 2015, and figured I could push it out into the world at some point in 2016. That didn’t happen. But other, amazing things happened. We adopted Scarlet. I traveled to Alaska and nurtured my love for […]

My word for 2017: upcycle

Posted January 1, 2017 by Amanda Shofner in Unapologetically Amanda
My word for 2017: upcycle

I hadn’t intended to choose a word for 2017… and then I made breakfast. It started with Tater tots, as most good things do. I put my last food of 2016 (loaded Tater tots) into a frying pan, added a couple eggs, and made myself a breakfast burrito. It was delicious, and the perfect start […]

Historical Fiction — The Mystery Edition

Posted December 29, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in My bookish life
Historical Fiction — The Mystery Edition

Now that I’m no longer posting on my book blog, one of my goals has been to share what I’m reading, especially when it involves books I’ve checked out from the library. If I don’t buy a book, I want to support the author by talking about the book. (Psst. This is something I encourage […]

A case for reading the genre you write

Posted December 20, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Book Marketing, Writing
A case for reading the genre you write

Especially if it’s romance. (Seriously. Romance is one of the most misunderstood genres out there.) So here’s the thing about genre: It’s a framework. Within each genre are conventions that readers expect (and want) to see. We seek our favorite genres for the predictability of the plot, and we admire writers who twist conventions to create […]

On writer’s guilt (and planning for the new year)

Posted December 13, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
On writer’s guilt (and planning for the new year)

Writer’s guilt usually comes in the form of the voice that whispers you should be writing. Writer’s guilt doesn’t care what else is going on in your life. If you work 40 hours a week, commute to work, and have kids (human or furbabies), you should still be writing enough to compete with people writing full-time. Writer’s […]