The bad news, and the good news

I’ve been debating whether to continue Between the Lines Critiques for a few months now. On the one hand I love helping authors dig deeper into their stories and characters. I love the opportunity to share what I’ve learned from so many great teachers over my years in this business of storytelling. I love meeting new writers and playing some small part in helping them along their writing path.

On the other hand, it takes a lot of time and mental energy.

Until this last six or eight months that was fine.

I had a part-time day job (which I’ve recently given up), my critique service, and I wrote for my own pleasure around that. Then indie publishing took off. I put my backlist books up last fall and have had wonderful success, finding lots of new readers, but also rediscovering my own joy in crafting my stories. And stumbling onto some incredible opportunities which I want to take advantage of.

But that takes a lot of time and mental energy.

You see my problem: so many things I love to do; limited time and energy.

So it is with sadness, but also excitement for the future, that I am closing Between the Lines Critiques effective immediately. I know there were a few people who had contacted me about critiques when I opened again and I won’t be able to  help with those manuscripts. There are a lot of wonderful writers who I’ve had the great pleasure to work with in the last three years who I will miss, but I hope you’ll all keep me apprised of your successes. I’ve easily learned as much from you as you’ve learned from me!

And I hope that you’ll visit me on my book web site/blog,, to see what I’ll be up to.

I will be working to move my blog posts here over to that web site so that I’ll have a place to continue posting writing related thoughts. I’ll also be adding a mailing list feature over there soon (as soon as I figure out how to best accomplish that) so you might want to drop by and subscribe. Any appearances, book news, writing workshops, or the occasional critique give away will be announced via that list.

Good luck to all of you in your writing and thank you for letting me be a small part of your journey.

Keep writing!



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