Archive | November, 2013

Last Call: Red by Alison Cherry

In Red, Felicity St. John is on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. She’s practically a shoe-in with her long, wavy, coppery red hair. But then she receives an anonymous note (“I know your secret”) and worries her biggest fear might be revealed: she’s a fake. All that gorgeous hair is dyed. Desperate to avoid humiliation (and still snag the prize money that comes with winning the pageant so that she can attend art […]


The Genius of Ursula Nordstrom

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time traveling this month–to book festivals as Author Alex, to librarian and educator conferences as Work Alex, and everywhere in between. This, as usual, involved a lot of plane and train journeys, most of them spent staring out of windows, listening to music, thinking about the stories I’m brainstorming and what I wanted to post about this month. Since we’re so close to the end of the year, and […]


The Importance of Educating Yourself (Royalty Statements Part 2)

Hi All, First, I apologize for this post getting up late today. It’s been a little hectic over at New Leaf to wrap up things before the holidays, and since I’m the big cheese (big leaf? big tree? bah.) over there, a lot of things have to go through me. Including things like royalty statements, which I am discussing with you here today! So I’m back to remind you how important it is as an […]


Twisting Your Plot

No matter the genre or category of fiction, I think everyone enjoys a well-done plot twist. They’re certainly one of the most fun things in the writing process for me. But they’re also one of the hardest. Whenever I browse readers’ reviews, I can tell immediately which twists worked for my audience and which fell flat. This keeps me constantly on my toes, always trying to figure out how to put in better plot twists. […]


November 2013 Releases

Can you believe December is only a couple of weeks away?! I feel like 2013 has gone by in a blink! But this year isn’t over yet – and neither is November! So let’s take a look at some of the books this month has given / will give us! But first, we can’t talk about November releases and not point out that PC’s own Marie Lu celebrated the release of the third and final […]