Archive | April, 2017

Experimenting With Short Stories

Last month, Julie wrote an excellent blog post about “Choosing the Best Length for Your Story”, and I thought I’d offer another possibility for some writers: experimenting with short stories before writing a novel. My friend N.K. Jemisin (author of fabulous fantasy books you should read like the Inheritance trilogy and the Broken Earth series) often writes a short story as a “test run” for a novel she’s thinking about writing. For example, her story “Stone Hunger” allowed […]

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Writing the Hook: Summing Your Book Up Quick and Why It’s Important

As an agent with a large social circle of writerly friends, I often find myself in that awkward position of helping pals polish up their query letters. I don’t mind. Chances are, if you work in publishing, you’ve been here. It’s the sort of thing I’ve been doing since college, when I was the English major stuck reviewing essays for friends. I’ve come to accept this as simply the next stage in my English major […]

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Interview With Subrights & Royalties Manager Nancy Bruckman

Today I am excited to introduce Nancy Bruckman, Subrights & Royalties Manager at Candlewick Press and my good friend! Nancy and I met when I was living in Boston, working across the street from her (lunch BFFs!), and riding the endless query-go-round. Not only was she an incredible support to me when I was drafting, revising, and then looking for an agent, she was also an invaluable resource on all things publishing. Rights and royalties have […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Half-Pint Happy Hour #1

We’re BACK! Despite deadlines and life chaos in general, Kelly and JJ just couldn’t stay away. Welcome to Half-Pint Happy Hour! These are short episodes where we check in, catch up, and answer questions to tide us all over until we can return to full-length content. Show Notes Question from Megan:  I’m in the process of writing my first book, and I have some concerns. Namely, I’m worried about how girls/women are represented in my […]

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More Hands in the Kitchen: Karuna Riazi on Baking Her Debut With a Book Packager

I‘m playing proud parent on the blog today as we welcome Karuna Riazi, who made her debut last month with the awesome The Gauntlet, a middle grade Jumanji with a South Asian flair. The book is the first non-Sona-and-Dhonielle project from CAKE Literary – the book packaging company I co-founded with my BFF and work wife Dhonielle Clayton. Everything we do has a decidedly diverse bent, with a strong focus on #ownvoices.  One of the questions Karuna gets […]

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