Why You Should Go to a Writing Conference…

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence, Classes, Craft

This past weekend I had a fantastic time speaking at the Writer’s Digest annual writing conference, in New York. They’ve been holding this conference for years, and it shows in its well-oiled unfolding and high caliber of presentations. It’s a pleasure to be there to speak, but I tell you, I still fondly remember the years when I attended writing conferences as an aspiring writer–the froth of excitement and nerves in my chest as I walked past authors I admired, agents I wanted to pitch, and so on.   In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there are a lot of wonderful reasons to go to conferences, and writers should be reminded why. The … Read More

JordanWhy You Should Go to a Writing Conference…

Going Indie, a Year Later

JordanFiction Writing, Forged in Grace, Writers Persist.

One year ago today I experienced the giddy, slightly mortifying experience of publishing my novel, Forged in Grace (which I’ve made FREE all weekend in celebration). It wasn’t my first publishing experience, not even my first book, but it was my first novel, and I had made the leap after a tremendous amount of anguish to publish independently. I’m not going to quote you the millions I made or the bestseller slots my book fell into. It did about as well as an average book of its kind does in the world of indie publishing, relishing a few days in the numbers that count before returning to its place of near obscurity. Around me voices in my head, critics, colleagues … Read More

JordanGoing Indie, a Year Later