taking no for an answer
the first draft
the other life
June 30, 2016
Erin Leigh Crisp
Like googling yourself, reading your own book's reviews is quite dangerous.
I still do it. Not regularly, mind you, because if I read them all every day I would go crazy. But, once in a while, sitting down with a soda and chocolate and reading the latest reviews c...
March 22, 2016
It's a diffcult idea for me. I like my book. I like the way it ends. I like the way the characters develop. I like it. It's finished. I don't want to rewrite it.
But the publisher asks for sweeping changes. . . before they'll read it.
There is good n...
One day, I'm going to laugh over all the mistakes I made on my road to publishing.
I'll share it with new writers and they will laugh. I'll confess it to my agent and he will chuckle.
One day, it will be hilarious.
Today, it's not. Tonight, it's tears and "What was I t...
March 11, 2016
Probably the most stressful twenty-four hours of my life.
Okay, not the most stressful. Getting married was more stressful. Having babies, definitely. ACFW last year was probably more insanity-inducing. But still, this ranks pretty high.
The (really fantastic) literary...
February 19, 2016
Teaching three children to read will teach you a thing or two.
Like, how hard teachers work. Teachers are the most amazing thing. And a good one is worth much more than they'll ever be paid.
Teachers like my mom. She taught kids to read for 35 years. Hundreds of kids....
November 9, 2015
Our last pastor always said that God has special grace for his children. There is baby-birthing grace. And dying-day grace. There is parenting-teenagers grace. Losing-your-job grace. No-money grace. The-roof-is-leaking-again grace.
You name it. God has enough grace fo...
November 6, 2015
How do I boil a 60k word manuscript down to 6 pages? The answer is: Not very well.
This is new for me and there is a learning curve. Everyone keeps saying that.
I was the girl that busted every grading curve in college. I was the only female student that dared to take...
November 2, 2015
I emailed my baby (I mean, manuscript) today. I emailed it to a literary agent. Not my mother. Not my best friend. Not even a proofreader.
I actually emailed it to a real live literary agent. Shoot me now.
Somehow this is so much harder than simply uploading...
September 28, 2015
As a child, I was terrified of spiders. I'm not sure my family even knew. I think I feared someone finding out and putting spiders in my bed as a joke, or something. I had an older brother, after all.
But in fourth grade, a kid at school brought his pet tarrantula to...