How To Title Your Novel

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Or- How to Succeed at Titling Your Novel Without Dying. Maybe you are the kind of person who can both write and title your book effortlessly (if so, we are immediately suspicious.) I will say, we are not those kinds of people. When it came to titling our first book, the conversation went a lot like this: Over the course … Read More

“Oprah Called”

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I’ll say this casually to my husband the day it happens. I’ll spend hours practicing my nonchalant expression in the mirror so that when I deliver this auspicious news at the dinner table, it will seem incidental. I have a sneaking suspicion that Oprah and Ellen talk to far fewer authors than we’re giving them credit for, but believing they’ll want … Read More

The Hating Game//Book Review

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I know we’re supposed to be writing (and we are, promise), but we also read as much as we can to keep up the inspiration. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is probably the sexiest book I’ve ever read. Let me be clear that  I don’t read ‘sexy’ books as a general rule of thumb. Straight romances are not my … Read More

Celebrating the Milestones

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Hi friends, Happy Monday! We wanted to give you a head’s up that after some mad editing skills from Courtney (thanks, Courtney!) we have officially submitted our first manuscript to a few agents. We FaceTimed each other as we each hit send on our very first email submission and are excited about the agent list we curated. This morning I bought … Read More

Meet Layne James

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The first thing you should know about me is that I’m from Kentucky, the second is that even though my state is famous for it, I don’t like bourbon. The third is that I’m trying really hard to like gin because one of my writer friends told me that “legit writers always drink gin.” For as long as I can … Read More

Clues to a Great Story as told by Andrew Stanton

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“A successful novel should interrupt the reader’s life, make him or her miss appointments, skip meals, forget to walk the dog.” – Stephen King I am constantly wanting to learn and better myself in any way possible, particularly when it comes to writing. I want to soak in the lessons learned from the greats and those in the business. This … Read More

8 Rules for Writing

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You know, now that we’ve written two books, we are officially experts on writing (teaching, photography, fashion, decorating, anything else you can think of, really.) And we’d love to share with you some things we’ve learned along the writing journey, specifically “writing tips.”  So happy Monday from our hearts to yours, we hope some of the below information helps you … Read More

In Search of the Perfect First Line

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Hi friends! It’s official, we are “done” with our first book, and while we wait for feedback from our beta readers on our second book, we’ll be submitting Remember Us to a number of agents. Please cross all your fingers and all your toes with us. That being said, now that we got to The End, we went back to … Read More

How To Read More

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When we aren’t writing, we LOVE to read! But life and being a wife and motherhood and jobs and simply being tired can, at times, make consistent reading difficult. We wanted to share with you some ways we help ourselves read more: Don’t watch TV every night! I (Lindsay) try very hard to keep my TV viewing to one night … Read More