Author Archive | Jules

Five Tips For Fairy Tale Retellings

What is it about fairy tales? Why do we find these stories so intriguing and how do they keep emerging in different variations and art mediums? As a writer, fairy tales are my bread-and-butter. I cut my teeth on them. They were the first stories I ever read as a child; I owned a hundred Golden Books about Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. At eight years old, when I started to […]

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Five Tips For Writing Antiheroes

I know this much about myself: I’m WAY better at writing than I am at public speaking. So when I heard about a public speaking course for authors at the Highlights Foundation back in May, I jumped on it. The 4-5 days of intensive workshopping ended in an assignment: we had to take what we learned, choose a topic related to our books, and talk about it for one hour to students at schools nearby. […]

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Guest Post: Akshaya Raman and Janella Angeles Share Their Conference Survival Guide

Today I have invited Akshaya Raman and Janella Angeles, my fabulous writer friends and members of the Boston Teen Author Festival team to do a guest post! They are offering some truly ingenious tips and advice for conferences that all attendees may want to keep in mind when going to an event. Without further ado, here are Aks and Janella!   Anyone in publishing knows that when conference season rolls around, your FOMO naturally rises. You […]

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On Waiting As Writers

It’s no secret that writers spend a lot of time waiting. When drafting: We wait for inspiration. We wait for time to write. When revising: We wait for critique partners to send feedback. When entering online writing contests: We wait to be chosen. When querying: We wait for agents to fall in love with our work. When on submission: We wait for editors to fall in love with our work. When the book deal is signed: We […]

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Five Things I’ve Learned About Being a Pre-Published Debut

This is the year my dream comes true! My debut novel comes out in exactly 85 days. *slightly hysterical laughter* I have longed for October 10, 2017 even before I knew it would have any lasting significance on my life. Young Julie wished fiercely on stars, birthday candles, and alarm clocks every time 11:11 came around, and held her breath for luck while driving through tunnels and over bridges. She looked at getting published through the […]

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