Welcome writers!

Yo ho, yo ho, a writer’s life for me. 

One of the greatest lessons I learned in the writing industry is that the rules are more like guidelines, which birthed my short-lived Yo Ho group, based on a line from one of my favorite movies. Perhaps one day I will resurrect that group. But today is not that day. Ha!

When I started writing my fantasy novel I had no clue about writing and the publishing industry. I have learned so many things the hard way that I want to be able to help other writers avoid the same mistakes I made. And because you have to learn the rules before you can break them. 

Here you will find a list of blogs, books, websites, etc that I have found helpful in my writer’s journey.

Check back often as I will keep adding to the list.

Realm Makers, a writer’s conference specifically geared toward Speculative Fiction

The Rubart’s Writing Academy, a 4 day writing intensive put on by James L. Rubart

Ted Dekker’s Creative Way Course

DFWCon, a writer’s conference in Dallas/Forth Area

Agents & Editors Conference, put on by the Writer’s League of Texas

Find more at the Association of Writers & Writer’s Program

54 Pieces of Advice for Your Writer’s Conference Success by The Steve Laube Agency

Graphic & Web Design

PalaCreative, my husband’s business, through which I have designed graphics, logos, and book covers.

Paid Critiques

Desiree Williams


Deborah O’Carroll

Ralene Burke

Bethany Jennings

Amaeris Designs Productions (editing & book trailers)

Scienda Editorial

Stengl Fiction Editing Services

Marcy Kennedy

Jill Williamson’s Recommendations

Book Covers & Illustrations

Dogeared Designs

Rachel A Marks

Seedlings Design Studio


Drawing Maps by WASD20, an awesome series of videos on YouTube going step by step on how to draw your map.

On Publishing & Writing by Nadine Brandes

Map Icons, free download a handout I had created for my Mapping Out Your Storworld presentation. I shared the information in a 3 part mini-series you can find here:

  1. Suspension of Disbelief
  2. Ecology & Cultures
  3. Drawing Your Map

Jamie Gold’s Worksheets for Writers, wealth of worksheets from beat sheets to writing craft to the publishing process and more!