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If you've ever stared at your keyboard, lamenting how much your writing sucks, good news! You found us. And we're here to tell you to snap out of it. 

STRONG HINT: Your writing does not suck. You're just not done yet.

So, whether you're a new penmonkey or a seasoned word-slinger looking for new perspective, listen in and find some nuggets to nudge you along until you find your own momentum.  





A New York transplant, Tracey Shearer now calls the Pacific Northwest her home—a land teeming with ghosts, writers, and coffee shops.

The loss of both her parents and her own battles with cancer continue to fuel her love of stories that explore how important our connections are to each other. And through her work as a mentor and coach, Tracey enjoys helping other writers realize their dreams.

Under the close supervision of her two rescue kitties, Cleo and Feta, Tracey is working on the next books in her trilogy. Book One of the series, Entwine, is available here

You can find her on Twitter at @TraceyLShearer and also at




Jessica Petersen is an editor at The Innovation Press, where she’s had the joy of working on everything from board books to middle grade novels, including the award-winning Zoey and Sassafras and Amazing Scientists series. Her own debut as a picture book author/illustrator, OLD TRACKS, NEW TRICKS, was inspired by the adventures chronicled in her popular children’s activity blog, Play Trains! As a freelance editor, she’s also had the opportunity to edit YA and adult fiction, which is where she started out as a writer. She lives in Seattle with her husband, son, and two ferocious kittens.

You can find her online at and on Instagram (





Anne M. Belen went to college to become a Kindergarten teacher and came out a parole officer. After depleting her soul on a caseload of high-risk offenders, she slapped her shield and gun on the desk and forged onward, seeking to find her joy again. Now she is a writer. 

Anne has snagged awards in contests like the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence, the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Annual Literary Contest, and the Pikes Peak Zebulon Awards. 

She helped organize and run the PNWA’s annual conference from 2007 - 2014, and now spends her non-writing time baking for her daughter’s school fundraisers and offering terrible, unsolicited advice to her eight siblings. She is a fourth-generation Seattlite and refuses to give up her umbrella no matter how much it makes her look like a tourist.

Anne has thrown up a shingle at