Archive | October, 2018

Taking Advantage of Our Unpublished Work

Gather around the fire. Let’s tell a ghost story. I have a middle grade novel that releases next year. The series follows characters that train for their potential stories by attending Protagonist Preparatory. In the book, my main character stumbles upon the Sepulcher. But instead of hosting dead people, the school’s catacombs are full of dead books. All those books you started but never finished in high school? First chapters that never quite took off? […]

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Trends Never Die

Recently I was part of a Q&A for writers and there were a lot of questions and anxiety around questions about the market and dead trends, and whether or not a book with vampires/talking animals/royalty/[insert your trend or trope of choice here] are doomed from the start. This is the advice I gave then, and I think a wider audience could benefit from it, so I’m sharing it with you: Ignore all that nonsense. Everything […]

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Introducing Sarah Gerton!

By day, Sarah Gerton puts her obsession with YA and MG books to use as an associate literary agent in New York; by night, under the pen name Sara Holland, she’s the New York Times bestselling author of Everless (out now from HarperTeen!) and its upcoming sequel Evermore. She grew up in small-town Minnesota and now spends her free time exploring the city, seeking out new sources of books and caffeine, and hanging out on Twitter @Sara__Holland and Instagram @sarahollandwrites Welcome […]

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Switching Genres

There’s no shortage of articles examining the pros and cons of switching genres. But while I’ve found that many of these essays discuss moving from literary to commercial fiction or vice versa, there are decidedly fewer resources for writers who have achieved a measure of success in a well-defined genre but are itching to try something new. Every change in our lives offers the opportunity to learn and grow. Often, however, these changes come with […]

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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

October really is the perfect time for Halloween. As the days grow shorter, the sun sets earlier, and the leaves start to crackle, the idea of staying in with a bucket of popcorn and a scary book or movie grows more appealing. At least, it does to me! I’ll admit I’m a bit of a coward when it comes to horror flicks, but there is something fascinating about the psychology of scaring yourself on purpose. […]

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