Five steps to take to boost your journey: 

  • Join a critique group. Several writers organizations incorporate critique options, like American Christian Fiction Writers.
  • Purchase, read, and use resources. Excellent books are available on standard manuscript formatting.
  • Proofread your work. Form a partnership with a writer friend and pass manuscripts back and forth. Then proof again—and again.
  • Take classes. You can do this through conferences, online courses, or a local university.
  • Join a professional organization. You have your choice from faith-based or secular (or both), including ACFW, My Book Therapy, Novel Rocket, and Writer’s Digest Online.

If you do these things, your book could end up published—rather than tossed in File 13.

One Sheet
I’m often asked about my “One Sheet” which is a single pitch sheet for a book or series. My critique partners and I spent a lot of time learning how to do a good one. When I had mine requested by an agent to use as an example of a good one, I knew we’d done it right. Here are two examples,more simple and one with more graphics. Don't try to read these, they're here for you to see the format.​

I love to teach at writers' conferences. Here are a few of the classes I've taught:

Critiques or Consequences
A common misconception about critique groups is they strip away your individual style and voice. It can be circumvented, if you know how. This workshop offers advice on how to find critique partners, work with different genres, and how to blend your unique strengths and weaknesses to form a top-notch group, and avoid discouragement. Novelist and Novel Rocket co-founder, Ane Mulligan, has been with her critique partners for over 12 years. She mentors the Penwrights, a large critique group that has seen most of its members published. She also led ACFW's monthly course on Critiquing for two years. This workshop will discuss the attitude necessary to give and receive critiques, how to be tough on each other and dig deep, while remaining positive.

Group Blogging
Keeping up with a blog is time consuming for a writer. Other than cloning yourself, group blogging is the best alternative. Founded in 2005, Novel Journey—now Novel Rocket—was the first literary group blog. From our 10 years of experience, learn how to identify your audience, find your focus, pull together the right team, and monetize your blog.

Lies & Motivation: The Foundation of Great Characters & Plots
The lie your characters believe about themselves is the key to their motivation. Motivation is the drive, the incentive to reach a goal. It's the foundation to compelling characters and the key to great plots. Make the motivation complex and you'll have memorable characters your readers will follow through anything. Once you know your character's motivation, plotting becomes easier. 
Starting with the character's backstory, you'll learn the lie they believe, what incident caused it, the fear developed from it, and dig deep for the core motivation, which is also a great way to find your theme. Plan to bring your work in progress or ideas for a new WIP. Together, we'll ferret out your character's motivation. 

"When Ane Mulligan taught this workshop, I felt like I'd attended a $175 per hour psychiatric visit." ~ Creston Mapes, award-winning suspense author.

Conference Pitching

  • The Wind Up: Writing the pitch is harder than writing your novel, but I'll give you several tips on how to write a good one, short enough to memorize. 
  • The Pitch: Practicing your pitch with your writing buddies - at all hours.
  • Hit or Strike Out: Tips on when and when not to deliver your pitch.
  • Pitches/queries that work and those that don't.

Rules Schmules

  • Learn the basics of good writing like: Show don't tell, use of strong verbs instead of passive, POV, self-editing, etc.
  • The Magic Paragraph
  • Learning when and how to break them.

POV and Deep POV
There are several types of Point of View to write in: first person, third person limited. Each offers something different.
Do I have to stick to one type of POV? What's the difference between POV and Deep POV? I'll give examples to demonstrate the difference. 

"When Ane Mulligan taught a class at our writers conference, the lights went on in my head. She has a way of teaching that makes her students get it." ~ Cindy Pope