Author Archive | Amie

Guest Post: Down the Research Rabbit Hole with Mindy McGinnis

My muse is fickle and unreliable, which is really frustrating for me because I’m the type of person that is constantly busy. I knit while watching TV because being still is not in my body’s repertoire. So when Miss Muse shuts down for a little bit, I tend to get frustrated with her, and she usually responds by dumping three to four great concepts into my lap at once, declares her job done, and disappears […]

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Guest Post with Christy Farley: Turning a Standalone into a Series

When I sold my YA contemporary fantasy, Gilded, it was one of those WOW-is-this-really-happening-moments. The elation on a scale of 1-10 was definitely an 11. Not too long after the deal, I visited my editor in New York. Over coffee, we chatted about books and series and what made us fall in love with them. During that convo, we had the “what happens next” talk. I’m not going to lie. I was really excited to […]

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Guest Post: A Tale of Two Submissions with Melanie Crowder

Ask most writers what kind of sale they’d like next, and they’ll answer: any kind. The sold kind. The I have another book coming out kind. But the different kinds of sales play out very…well, differently. Let’s look at the pros and cons of both options. The Proposal: Pros You don’t have to write the whole book before making a sale! The money comes in while you’re working on the book. Fantastic! You can write […]

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Life in Publishing: Seven Things I’ve Learned So Far

Hello Pub Crawlers! I’ve put off writing this post as long as I could, because I’ve just had so much fun with you all over the years! From the wonderful conversations we’ve had in the comments, to the smart and thoughtful questions that prompted many of my posts, I’ve learned a lot in the time I’ve spent as a part of this wonderful group.  I mean, there aren’t many places on the internet where you actually […]

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Guest Post: Channeling Your Middle Grade Voice with Rachele Alpine!

Time and time again I hear authors say that when you sit down to work on a book not to worry about what other people are going to think, forget the trends, silence your inner editor and just write what you love. Write what you love. What a freeing way to think. So that’s exactly what I did when I wrote my debut MG novel Operation Pucker Up. I wrote what I loved. Or more […]

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