Archive | August, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Skylark’s Song by J.M. Frey

Oh my goodness, the publishing / publicist powers-that-be have certainly decided to bless me as of late, nudging me with neat cover reveals. Just last week we got to showcase Lauren Morrill’s gorgeous new cover (and her amazing story about reviving her career), and now, we’ve got a cool looking cover from an awesome indie press. If you’re not familiar with REUTS, they’re a smaller press of sci-fi and fantasy YA, Adult, and New Adult […]

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Plot, PoV and Agenda. Or: Is This Your Story to Tell?

I think this week was the tipping point. At least for me. Last week, fellow PubCrawl contributor Patrice Caldwell and I were at the amazing Highlights Foundation, teaching (with agent Linda Camacho and author Linda Sue Park) a workshop on representing responsibly. It’s something I talk about frequently — as member of We Need Diverse Books and the co-founder of CAKE Literary, but especially as a brown writer with brown children who still struggle to […]

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On Getting Query Help: Erica Boyce’s The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green, From Critique to Book Deal (And a Bonus Cover Reveal)

I wish writing groups felt like this (photo via Pexels) I feel like as someone who works in publishing, both as an agent on the industry side of things and an author in the Young Adult world, I spend a lot of time trying to nudge people to follow the traditional route of trying to get their book in front of the right people. I hear so many stories about terrible query letters and poorly […]

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My Cut Material File and How it Frees Me

Sometimes when an actor is being interviewed, they will say they were in a particular film, “but my scene was left on the cutting room floor,” meaning they were cut out of the movie. This used to strike me as pretty depressing. Just the thought of all that work—work by the actors, the director, and the cinematographer— all tossed out because the film editor thought it wasn’t needed. That was before I learned the hard […]

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Cover Reveal: Lauren Morrill’s Better Than the Best Plan

Look, if you know me, you’ve heard me talking about Lauren Morrill. She writes my favorite Young Adult rom-coms, spinning stories that are packed full of swoons, sighs, and kissing. From offbeat romances on doomed cruise ships to falling for fame, her novels are always as surprising as the are beautifully written. And I’m just so thrilled to share this guest post from Lauren, as well as reveal the cover to her latest, BETTER THAN […]

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