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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. And from that she came out a writer. 

She has helped organize and run writers conferences, and regularly chairs and reads for literary contests with the hopes of giving aspiring writers a boost in the right direction.

Anne is repped by Shannon Orso of Victress Literary and has thrown up a shingle at