Dec. 19, 2016
Dec. 17, 2016

Dear Writer:

Having been a writing instructor for some years, I know that many struggling writers think there is some trick to getting published. Some well-guarded secret at the bottom of it all, and perhaps they are not too far off the mark. The secret is, of course, an indomitable belief in yourself -- a belief so well entrenched that all the rejection and frustration that is part of the writer's life, (or any artist's life) will not dislodge it. You must rise above the fear that all writers know, the fear of putting your work (yourself) out there, never knowing if it will be praised or ridiculed. It takes courage to be a writer. (You're already an avid reader if you aspire to be a writer, so no need to go into that.) Books I have loved and learned from.

I can tell you, there is no rush quite like the one that comes from hearing (or reading) the words: 'We love your novel and would like to publish it'. I've compared the novel to having a baby (maybe a slight exaggeration) but it is true that the sight of that beautiful child tends to make you forget the pain involved in bringing it into the world. And here are the real perks: Writing a novel allows you to play god, albeit with a small 'g'. You get to play all the roles, you are producer, director, soundman, lightman -- what freedom. So, although there are no guarantees in this precarious business, the possibilities are boundless.

As an agent of mine once said, 'Don't quit five minutes before the miracle'. And good luck. Send me an email at or
contact me and let me know how it's going. I'd love to hear from you.

Joan Hall Hovey,

Happy reading! And Writing!

Dec. 16, 2016

"Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers" - Steven Spielberg







Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it's raining, but the feel of being rained upon." - E.L. Doctorow




Dear Reader


Writing gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction that nothing else does. (Except having my babies.) And that's not a bad analogy, if not an original one. Holding your published book in your hands, (especially that first one), running your fingers over its smooth cover, tracing your name there - is heady stuff! For me, a dream come true, even though it's been awhile since I wrote my first book. But I know that I am truly blessed to be permitted to work every day at what I most love and need to do. I think you appreciate it even more when you've had to go to those awful 9 to 5 jobs you hated, because the bills have to be paid. And I've had my share of them over the years -- hulling strawberries, waiting tables, grading eggs... (top that one). A couple of those jobs have left scars. I've been stalked by a psychotic customer when I was selling 'CAA'. (Canada's version of 'AAA'.) I've been chased around the desk by a so-called pillar of society while working as a secretary. But while I wouldn't want to repeat it, I wouldn't take back a single moment of any of it. All is 'grist' for the writer's mill.

The next best thing is hearing from my readers. You have been so generous in your comments, so kind to take the time in your own busy lives to write to me. Telling me that my novels kept you up all night, or that you couldn't put the book down is music to my ears, and keep me going in the dark times that come to all writers, while I find my way about in the unknown, unlit territory of that next book.


Thanks and please drop me a line from my contact page.  I love to hear from readers.

Joan Hall Hovey