Maya Spikes

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Four Important Lessons From My Creative Dad


  Is it okay to have a talent and simply enjoy sharing it with others, and not make a lot of money from it? If my dad was in his 20s or 30s today, he probably would have already read countless blogs about turning his creative hobbies into a profitable business. It’s just as important […]

A Letter To My First Editor


My mother, Judith “Judy” Spikes was my first editor. It’s no surprise. If you (partially) name your kid after your favorite writer, you will probably be more than okay with her showing an interest in writing. Judy was a great woman. She died of cancer in 1995, at the age of 52. If your mom […]

How to Start a Writing Career? Visit Your Mechanic


The quirky way I learned about a writers conference and became a writer — again. Image via Flickr Your next step in building your writing career may start in an unlikely place. That’s what happened to me. I’m sharing my story now because it relates to an upcoming writers conference, which I mentioned in my last blog […]

What Do Editors Want? Find Out at Writers Conference


  Sometimes, it’s hard out here for a writer. You’re pitching ideas for a book or a magazine article to different publications and publishing companies and … crickets. No one is responding to your letters, emails or calls. A great way to break out of this rut is to attend a writers conference.  The Triangle […]

Practicing What I Preach


Image Source   How focused are you? We’re now more than two months into 2017. Maybe everything’s moving smoothly and you’re well on your way to meeting your writing goals and any other New Year’s resolutions. Or, maybe not. As for me, I’m using March and April to practice what I preach about staying focused […]