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Elizabeth Spencer, Rambling about Writing. Mostly.
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My Experience with WriteOnCon 2018!

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:00am
WriteOnCon 2018 is officially over, and I attended about two and a half days of it. (Not that “attending” means tooooo very much when everything is online.) And now that it’s over, let’s talk about how it went! First thing’s first: what is WriteOnCon? WriteOnCon is an online writing convention for people writing children’s literature. […]


Wed, 01/31/2018 - 8:11am
WriteOnCon is coming up! This year, it’s running from February 9 to 11, Friday through Sunday. Haven’t heard of it before? Check it out. WriteOnCon is a writing convention for children’s book authors, including everything from picture books to New Adult. It’s also completely online, which means you don’t have to go anywhere–just register, sign […]

Creativity, the Myth of “Innate Talent,” and What it Means for Authors

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:00am
I looooove Sarah Andersen’s comics. They’re one of the only reasons I check Twitter, because I’m clearly not going to get over my social anxiety and talk to someone. This gem came out over the holidays. Let’s talk about it! pic.twitter.com/ZRxw1d13EV — Sarah Andersen (@SarahCAndersen) December 20, 2017 Practice! Practice. Practice. I want to keep […]

My 2017 Year in Review

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:00am
It’s 2018! You know what that means, right? It’s time for self-indulgent introspection! Let’s start by checking my 2017 resolutions and seeing how I did! My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions I did okay! Okay-ish? I did edit my new YA fantasy, the tentatively titled Garden in the Waves. It took WAY longer than I expected, […]

Learning How to Market Books #4: Learning more about Facebook

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:00am
A month or so ago, I tried my first Facebook ad campaign. It was unimpressive. “That’s just what marketing’s like!” I told myself. “You never make back the money you put into ads. You’re paying for exposure!” I’m not yet convinced that’s wrong. When I see someone talking about making big bucks in marketing, I […]

Learning How to Market Books: I Take Back What I Said About Goodreads

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:00am
I ran my first Goodreads giveaway back in October. I wrote about the experience here. I was pretty happy about it! I gave away 3 copies and 480 people put it on their to-read list. After one month, I haven’t seen any reviews (or sales) that I can attribute to it, but it only cost […]

Thoughts on National Novel Writing Month

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:00am
National Novel Writing Month ends tomorrow, November 30. So if you’re still pushing toward 50,000 words, you still have time! Go go go~! Like I said a month ago, this was my first serious attempt at NaNoWriMo. It’s been a wild month, full of write-ins, friend-making, and writing-encouragement cake. I had a lot of fun, […]

Why I’ve Never Done NaNoWriMo (But I Am This Year)

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:00am
National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is one of the most well-known writing events out there. Every November, NaNoWriMo challenges you to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. People hold local write-ins in their communities, meet other local writers, and write like crazy. And it’s hugely popular. Every November, every author […]