Collect Rejections, Really?

Writing is a unique activity, in case you haven’t already noticed that. It’s not necessarily done in an office; oftentimes, in fact, it’s better done at home. It’s usually best done alone, but the writer who writes entirely in a solo vacuum is one who is destined to fail, I would argue. The process of […]

A Writing Group to Meet Your Needs

As the leadership of the Utah Valley Writers, we strive to meet our members’ creative needs, whether that be writing craft, business instruction, or connecting with other like-minded individuals. That’s why we periodically ask for feedback from our members. What do you want from your writing group? Last fall, we sent out a survey, and […]

Thank You Ryan Mendenhall

Ryan Mendenhall is the book marketing expert at Future House Publishing and the author of Selling Well: The 5 Relationships that experts, authors, and coaches use to sell 1,000 books in 21 days. He spoke to us about building an author platform, collecting reviews, and other marketing strategies. It was a very informative and entertaining […]

Interview Series – Josi Kilpack

Interviewed by Brooke Hargett I was lucky enough to be in Josi Kilpack’s Publication Primer group this year at the Storymakers Conference. I had heard fabulous things about her writing knowledge, not to mention her kindness. She definitely lived up to all the hype! Josi is the author of the Culinary Masterpiece Series, featuring super-sleuth […]

Interview Series – Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of five novels for young adults, most recently The Lucy Variations, which the New York Times called “an elegant novel.” Her sixth, a collaborative novel with Tara Altebrando, came out December 2013. She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been variously named to annual […]

Interview Series – Mette Ivie Harrison

Mette is an accomplished author, nationally ranked triathlete and a mother of five. She holds a PhD in German Literature from Princeton and was the Ezra Taft Benson Scholar in 1998. She has written seven young adult books: The Rose Thorne, Tris and Izzie, The Princess and the Snowbird, The Princess and the Bear, The Princess and the […]

Interview Series – Teri Harman

Interview with Teri Harman I had the opportunity to meet Teri last year when the first book in her series, Blood Moon launched. I’m part of a chic, over-the-top book club—Delicious Reads—and we had Teri come both last year and this year for our Halloween book selection. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Teri better […]

Interview Series – Lisa Mangum

We just had our yearly League of Utah Writers conference and I was lucky enough to spend some time with Lisa Mangum, Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain Imprint. Lisa has a wealth of knowledge and was so gracious to share some of her best insights with us. Brooke: Thank you so much for meeting with […]