Archive | June, 2017

How I Balance Writing with Having a Day Job or Coping With Not Having Superpowers

Happy Friday! A couple weeks ago I did a call for questions for an industry pros series I’m doing here—where I ask fellow publishing industry professionals to give their takes on questions you, our readers, have. You can read the first one on conferences here: One response that really stood out to me was Aneeqah’s question about how to balance a day job (in my case an amazing yet sometimes creatively draining one as a […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes, Stereotypes, & Cliches

This week, Kelly and JJ give a little overview about archetypes, stereotypes, and cliches to kick off their Summer of Archetypes. What is the difference between all of these things? Also, they answer a few questions and give (probably unsolicited) advice on how to become more civically engaged in the US political process. Show Notes Archetypes vs. stereotypes: what is the difference? Functionally, they are both the same, but the difference lies in execution. Archetypes […]

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Just think of tomorrow

Procrastination gets a bad rap. I’ve sometimes said that procrastinating is an important part of my writing process. I was only half-joking. Appropriately enough, I’m writing this blog post the morning it’s due, but I think it’s worth pointing out that procrastinating is different from being too busy, or having poor time management skills, or simply forgetting you were supposed to do something. I’m not saying that any or all of those apply in this […]

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10 Things I Learned About Publishing from My Debut Series

Tomorrow marks the paperback launch of my second book, Shiny Broken Pieces, and the wrap of the Tiny Pretty Things series. It’s been three years now since I officially became an published author. And in those three years, I’ve learned a lot. So herewith, for those of you anticipating debuts of your own, the good, the bad and the truly heinous. Everything changes. Damn straight it does. I mean, you’re published now. You’ve seen your […]

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Writing Yourself

June is Pride month, a time for the queer community to celebrate its history and commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots—the 1969 uprisings in Greenwich Village that marked the turning point for LGBTQ+ rights in this country. For a number of reasons, this year’s Pride holds special significance for me, and one of the big ones is that it is my first year as the published author of an OwnVoices novel about a gay […]

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