Archive | July, 2016

Writer Etiquette: Why Do You Need an Agent, and Why Should You Be Nice?

I was going to talk about Agency (No, not like a literary agency – like a character’s personal agency) today, but in light of recent events, I’ve changed my mind. Today I’d like to talk about Etiquette when you are looking for an agent. A writer wrote a blog recently that got the attention of most of publishing Twitter, and for good reason. I’m not going to talk about the offensive post, but wanted to […]

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What Kind of Publishing Peanut Are You?

1. You meet an author diva or divo, who insists on taking center stage on your panel. She sucks up all the air in the room, taking more than her allotted time to answer a particular question. Do you: a. Fix a pleasant smile upon your face and wait out the hot windstorm, hoping the moderator will intervene. b. Wait for the diva/divo to take a breath, and then politely interject yourself. c. Pound your […]

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You Tell Us: What’s Your Go-to Book Recommendation?

Hello PubCrawlers! Now that my debut YA novel, Ivory and Bone is out in the world, some of my friends who don’t normally read YA have given it a try. Most of these friends have discovered they enjoy YA, (hooray!) and a few have asked me for further recommendations. So today we’d like you to tell us: What’s your go-to book recommendation—YA or otherwise? Here are a few of ours. Please share yours in the […]

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Kill Your Darlings, and Some Trees

So you’ve written the first draft of your novel! Now what? Most writers will tell you to put it in a drawer for a week or month, to spend some time apart from it before you return to the manuscript with fresh eyes for the first round of revision. That’s great advice, but I’m going to take it one step further and say you should literally put the manuscript in a drawer. For that you need a physical copy of it, […]

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