Archive | March, 2015

Guest Post: Switching Gears with Karen Akins

When Amie invited me to contribute this guest post, my first question was, “Is there a particular topic you’d like me to write about?” She said it could be anything publishing-related…maybe the challenges of writing time travel. Which makes sense. The first book in my time travel duology, Loop is already out in the world, and its sequel Twist releases on April 7th. I began writing Loop in 2010. It’s 2015. That’s five years of writing time travel. That’s […]

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When it’s too close to home: Writing Q&A with Anne Bustard, author of Anywhere But Paradise

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome Anne Bustard today, in celebration of the release of her new Middle Grade book, which comes out today. Anne, a part of Egmont’s Last List, has graciously agreed to indulge my questions about her writing process with her brilliant answers. So without further ado, welcome, Anne! Anywhere But Here Set in 1960 Hawaii, Anywhere But Paradise is the story of reluctant seventh-grade newcomer Peggy Sue Bennett, who is baffled by […]

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Guest Post: Linda Goodnight on How To Finish That Novel

Even after nearly fifty books, I still don’t feel like an expert, but I have learned a few things on this journey. Let’s face it, writing a book is daunting. Even an old dog like me feels as if I’m about to bungee jump from Mt. Everest every time I start a new book. The beginning is exciting and words flow with passion, but soon passion becomes plain hard work and a finished product seems impossible. […]

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A Day in the Life of Paper Lantern Lit Co-Founder Lexa Hillyer

Wednesday March 11 3:45 am. My husband Charlie’s alarm goes off and he gets up to leave for an early catering gig. He is probably going to be setting up a fancy breakfast at Bloomberg Philanthropy or something but who knows, because he also does things like $150,000 40-person 6-year-old birthday parties at the Carlyle. Hashtag richpeople. I mercifully hear none of this because of the powerful earplugs wedged deep into my skull. 7:34 am. […]

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Is That Subplot Helping or Hurting Your Novel?

Subplots have a way of taking over novels. They steal all the action, distract the protagonist, or in the worst cases, shine brighter than the actual plot. Good subplots enhance the story, support the theme, brighten what’s already there, while a bad subplot tries to smother it in its sleep with a pillow. The annoying part is, sometimes we just don’t know which is which when they first come to us. Some of the best-looking […]

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