Sunday, July 27, 2008

Help with Writing

Hi,

when I started to write there was nothing in the area of Creative Writing in Germany. Later, a few books were translated which helped me a bit. I read several good books in English and put up with an agency that also did classes for beginning writers. I spent a whole lot of money only to discover that the agency wasn't really interested in getting a publisher for my stories but to keep milking me for more money. So I quit! That was one of my best decisions.

Nowadays I do not fall for that any more. Whenever I try to contact an agent or a publisher in the US or UK I got to the website of Preditors & Editors to make sure they are decent. For German agents and publishers I look at the Uschtrin-site.

I still enjoy learning more about how writing works. Therefore I highly recommend Holly Lisles Writing Clinics. They provide easy step-by-step tutorials that helped my a lot in writing a novel.

I am currently doing the last rewrite of a Fantasy novel, so there isn't much to say about that. But as soon as I start on my next project I will tell you about the way I write novels. It might not be the way others do it and it surely is not the one and only right way. But it works for me and I would be delighted if it helps you along, too.

Cat

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bookrelease

This is a short film circling in the book industry recently. Since I am currently looking for ways to make people aware of my books, too, I found this extremely funny.

Enjoy,
Cat

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Welcome

Welcome to my Blog. This is the first time ever that I am writing one so bear with me if it isn't perfect, yet. I will do my best to provide you with something interesting, entertaining or worth knowing whenever I update.

So who am I? I am a mother of three kids living in a rural area south of Hanover in Germany. My husband is working hard to keep us going while I -although equipped with a PhD in Science- am not able to find a suitable job. So I started to turn my hobby -writing and telling stories- into a job, with some success. I have had several short stories published and my historical novel is doing well both in German (Engels Freiheit) and in English (Ann Angel's Freedom).

Just recently I had a non-fiction book published by Holly Lisle. "The 33 Worst Mistakes a Writer Makes About Mother Nature" is an E-book about Ecology aimed at writers who need to create worlds.

Currently I am rewriting a Fantasy-novel about Scotland and a sequel to my historical novel. I am also researching for another E-book in Holly Lisles "33 Mistake"-Series.

Have a nice day,
Cat