Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stuff This Week

First off, you can enter to win one of 20 copies of Brownies and Broomsticks over at Goodreads until April 17. If you’re new to Hearth Cricket, this is the first Magical Bakery Mystery, a series I’m writing for Penguin/NAL as Bailey Cates. The official release date is May 1, 2012

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates

Brownies and Broomsticks

by Bailey Cates

Giveaway ends April 17, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win


On another note, this weekend I’ll be teaching a couple of workshops at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Friday, March 30, 2012 5:15-6:15
Get Out of Your Own Way – How to Avoid Self-Sabotage

Sometimes writers are their own worst enemies. Come take a look at some of the ways we trip ourselves up, including the three Ps: procrastination, perfectionism, and prioritization. Then we’ll explore several common excuses that stymie our creativity and throw up road blocks to productivity.

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 1:00-2:00
Getting to Know Your Characters

Even the greatest plot falls flat on the page if your characters can’t pull it off. In fiction and creative nonfiction, characters drive a story forward and provide readers access to its meaning and import. Knowing your character’s back stories, fears, goals, and motivations is vital. Come learn techniques to dig into their fictional psyches. You may be surprised by what you find.


And finally, I’m finishing up the second Magical Bakery Mystery, Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti, and in order to get out of my own way as I’ll be teaching on Friday, I’m going to be taking a break from blogging for a little while.

Be back soon, though!


  1. I'll be there at the self sabotage session....if I can stay out of my own way!

  2. Good luck on your finishing Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti.

  3. Hi Cricket,

    I like your site, you have some interesting posts. My site www.myperfectpitch.com compliments yours, consisting of interesting articles from a published author, and a free writers yearbook with over 1000 book publishers currently accepting submissions. Keep up the good work.

    Regards, Brian