Archive | July, 2015

Guest Post: On Finding the Right Agent

“It only takes one yes.” Chances are if you’re an author (or even know an author) in search of an agent, you’ve heard those words. And I’ll be honest, after 87 agent rejections, I’ve heard that phrase more times than I ever want to again—heck, I’ve even SAID those words to other writer friends as they’ve walked their own agent-search journeys. Except now a few years beyond those 87 rejections, with two books pubbed and […]

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Life in Publishing: Seven Things I’ve Learned So Far

Hello Pub Crawlers! I’ve put off writing this post as long as I could, because I’ve just had so much fun with you all over the years! From the wonderful conversations we’ve had in the comments, to the smart and thoughtful questions that prompted many of my posts, I’ve learned a lot in the time I’ve spent as a part of this wonderful group.  I mean, there aren’t many places on the internet where you actually […]

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On Scaring Children

The funny thing about writing a horror novel is that approximately 87% of the people you meet will tell you to your face they don’t want to read it. Oh, there’s rarely anything malicious in this declaration. Sure, there are always a few “I only read serious books about serious topics” types with tiny minds who can’t fathom how a book about horror things can also be about other things, but nobody cares what they […]

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Cover Reveal for THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED

C-O-V-E-R R-E-V-E-A-L D-A-Y! Today we have the honor of revealing the cover for The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter, forthcoming from Philomel/Penguin on March 15th, 2016. I met Kerry when I was in Los Angeles and she is an A++ human and I’m positive her book is A++ too. Before I charge into Penguin HQ to find a galley let me share the A++ cover in addition to some A++ insight from Kerry’s […]

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Guest Post: Channeling Your Middle Grade Voice with Rachele Alpine!

Time and time again I hear authors say that when you sit down to work on a book not to worry about what other people are going to think, forget the trends, silence your inner editor and just write what you love. Write what you love. What a freeing way to think. So that’s exactly what I did when I wrote my debut MG novel Operation Pucker Up. I wrote what I loved. Or more […]

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