Getting Feedback: So You Want to Write a Horse Book, Part 5

I was going to title this installment, "Feedback Sucks." I mean, I want to be honest with you, and, for at least the first few books, feedback really, really sucks. But it's also kind of awesome (once you get used to it) and it's completely indispensable, so it's time to talk about feedback: soliciting it, … Continue reading Getting Feedback: So You Want to Write a Horse Book, Part 5

Making Writing a Habit: So You Want to Write a Horse Book, Part 4

So now you're blogging, right? You've read the first three parts of my series, and you're following all of my advice, not in a crazy follow-the-guru kind of way, but in a she's-been-down-this-road kind of way. You're thinking about the way you want to write, if you're going to write as true-to-life as you can, … Continue reading Making Writing a Habit: So You Want to Write a Horse Book, Part 4

Blogging Matters: So You Want to Write a Horse Book, Part 3

When you're getting ready to write a horse book, it's important to get one major hurdle out of the way first: Your thin skin. Look, we're all pretty tough. We're horse-people. We're used to getting beat up and dragged around -- both physically and mentally. But you have to be ready to take some heat … Continue reading Blogging Matters: So You Want to Write a Horse Book, Part 3

Authentic Settings: So You Want To Write A Horse Book, Part 2

For me, writing horse books is rooted in authenticity. (This is the 2nd post in the series, So You Want To Write A Horse Book. Read the first post here.) This can get tiresome for a writer, when you're trying to follow a plot thread and find that it leads to a dead end, or … Continue reading Authentic Settings: So You Want To Write A Horse Book, Part 2

So You Want to Write a Horse Book, Part 1

I've been writing horse books for the past six years, and every year I get emails from readers asking for advice on getting started in the genre. Now, to be fair, it's a pretty new genre. What we've started calling Equestrian Fiction didn't used to exist, and if you ask a big book retailer, it … Continue reading So You Want to Write a Horse Book, Part 1