• Pride Month: Writer Spotlight

    Our second author for Pride 2021 is Cal Sherwood! Cal Sherwood is a young adult fiction author. Represent Publishing decided to do a quick interview with Cal Sherwood to get to know him better! Question and Answer: Name and Genre: Cal Sherwood, Young Adult Fiction Tell me some fun facts about yourself: I served in the US Army. I fluently speak American Sign Language. I love CrossFit and I manage an F45 Gym in Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada. I have a German Shepherd named Duke who is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have been with my partner for 7 years this year!  Our anniversary is…

  • Pride Month: Writer Spotlight

    Our first author for Pride 2021 is O’Jay Barr! O’Jay Barr is a lesbian romance writer who has released her second book (and sequel) today, on the first day of pride! Represent Publishing decided to do a quick interview with O’Jay Barr to get to know her better! Question and Answer: What’s your name and genre? (Pen name is good if that’s what you write under.) O’Jay Barr – Lesbian, romantic drama What are some fun facts about you? I am the first in my family of 20+ grandkids to graduate from college (with both a grad and an undergrad degree in Child Advocacy and Policy). I am considering going…

  • Mental Health Resources

    May is Mental Health Month, and we want to share some useful resources with you. Everyone could use a little boost now and then, and no one should have to deal with heavy issues alone. Here you’ll find some general mental health resources and articles specifically about mental health and writers. Always make sure to practice self-care. Mental health is just as important (if not more) as physical health!  Anxiety & Depression Association of America ADAA is an international non-profit seeking to prevent or help people get treatment and cures for their anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and more through education, practice, and research. They have an extensive list of resources…

  • Finished my first draft. Now what?

    Congratulations on completing your first draft! Give yourself a pat on the back or a hug, for real. That is no easy feat. Smile, cry, laugh. Allow yourself to feel every emotion that wants to break through. It doesn’t matter if this is your first, tenth, twentieth novel. I don’t believe the feeling of completing a first draft ever dissipates. If it does, I feel like that means it’s time to step away and find the joy in writing again.

  • Show, Don’t Tell Writing Tips

    Showing versus telling. It’s a phrase used countless times in the writing world, yet we all fall victim to it.  In simplest terms, the goal is to allow the reader to step inside the character’s life. You know the cliche, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? I don’t want to walk in their shoes. I want to be inside the character’s mind. I want to be living their life. Feeling the emotions they have, understanding the relationships they do or don’t have, knowing the environment they wake up in every day. Allow the reader to feel their surroundings as they would. What do they see, smell, taste, hear, and…

  • Writer Spotlight: Octavia Butler

    Octavia Butler is an African American science fiction writer who has received the MacArthur “Genius” Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement. She is the first science fiction author to win the MacArthur grant. She explored the themes of Black injustice, global warming, women’s rights, and politics in her science fiction novels. Despite winning awards for her writing, she still struggled for decades to make ends meet because her novels were not commercial. Because of this, she was a hard worker, having at least three jobs at a time on top of her own writing. Like many notable artists, her novels started getting the most traction at the time of her…

  • Writer Spotlight: Agatha Christie

    For this week of Women’s History Month, we will focus on the world’s best-selling author of all time, Agatha Christie. It’s been 101 years since her first novel publication, and she still holds the title for the best-selling author. Agatha was a determined, inspired, and dedicated woman. It all started when her mother didn’t want to teach her to read until she was eight. Therefore, Agatha decided to teach herself how to read by the age of five. She was always inspired. Agatha told stories, wrote poetry, created storylines for her dolls, and danced. Throughout hardships, she continued to hone in on her creativity that by 18, she wrote short…

  • Writer Spotlight: Gabriela Mistral

    Gabriela Mistral is the first woman writer we will be focusing on during Women’s History Month. Ms. Mistral is the first Latin American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She became a “symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world.” Gabriela was born in Chile and ended up passing at 68 years old in New York. She was a school teacher and then became a full-time poet when she started to get more well-known. Gabriela Mistral is actually a pseudonym, her real name Lucile Alcayaga. She was well-loved for her poems because they characterized strong emotions. The poem’s themes center around love, deceit, and sorrow. Not…

  • Software Programs for Writers

    There’s a lot of software programs out there for writers. Some authors like a simple design with no distractions, other like a lot of features to organize their thoughts, keep track of word count, edit, and more. We’ve rounded up some of the top prospects to help you decide which ones will best suit your needs. Grammarly – Free for basic, $139.95/yr for premium Pros: This is a spelling and grammar program that can be used not only for book writing but for emails, social media, and more. You can edit for specific genres. It has browser extensions and mobile apps. Premium features include customized checks for different document types, a…