Do you know what to say when someone asks you what your book is about?

Guided Steps in 3 Emails

Validate Your Novel Premise

In this email series, you will learn how to check if you have a viable story idea to sustain a novel (AND make readers care!) and then follow the guided action steps to write your premise in just three days for a more focused drafting or revision experience moving forward.

If your brain stalls out in conversation while it speedruns through your characters and everything they're trying to do... your worldbuilding backstory and all the political undercurrents... and don't even get started on the magic system details or tech...

Trust me. I was glazing eyes over (and over, and over...) trying to make people understand how awesome this story really was while knowing I wasn't doing it justice. I couldn't say, “You just have to read it..." when I wasn't doing a great job of making them want to.

But when my grad school studies of literature + brain science finally clicked with craft and my work as an editor and into the process I guide authors through today, one practice stood out over the others for all book-writing stages: the super-short novel premise. Not only will it keep your story on track in drafting or revision, but you can also test your story idea.

And the best side-effect?
You'll know what to say when someone asks you what your book is about.

Yes, I'm professional...AND quirky!

Meet Your Inky Bookwyrm


Sci-fi author JMF Fisher wrote, “In our communications, you were professional, timely, and constructive. Your online presence, website, and blog were quirky and unique — it allowed your personality to shine through rather than a simple business. It shows that you have the love of the word.”

And oh how I do love it! I grew up in Narnia and Middle-earth, writing and illustrating/painting and playing pretend the whole time. Theater and cosplay are still my happy places.

I studied medieval lit and the brain science of creativity and the effects of story to dive in deeper, earning my master's degree in English literature. Over the course of a decade, I taught college writing, journalism, and lit at various colleges and edited a newspaper. Then I edited in-house for a children's publisher for a number of years until I had my daughter and decided to make my dream job more than a fantasy.