Riders Up!

- by Jan Scarbrough

Every week after my horseback riding lesson I go home tired, but it’s a good tired. My hands on the steering wheel smell like horse. My knit shirt is smudged with dirt and coarse brown hairs cling to it. My feet sweat in my boots. But I don’t care. For thirty minutes I’ve concentrated on […]

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Buddy Up!

- by Jan Scarbrough

Writing fiction is often a thankless job. Not only is the competition stiff, but often your best effort goes unrewarded. The dreaded rejection letter, whether a form or a personal “good” letter, is all too common for most novelists. That’s why we need the support of other writers, our “writing buddies” as I like to […]

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Cowboy Up!

- by Jan Scarbrough

It’s easy to get discouraged when you are trying to sell popular fiction. Often, the rejections are more numerous than the successes. In 2001, Steeple Hill author Renee Ryan and I gave a talk at RWA in New Orleans. Entitled “Perspective, Passion & Persistence: the Three P’s of Success,” it was our twelve-step guide designed […]

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