Author Archive | Jules

Making Attainable Goals

As writers, we make many goals for ourselves: Finish a new manuscript this year. Sign with an agent by my birthday in September. Write 50,000 words in November. Send out 10 queries this week. Show my editor the proposal for my next work. Hit the New York Times Bestsellers list. Win a Printz or a Newbury. Make a new friend at the upcoming writers’ conference. Get J.K. Rowling to blurb my book.   Those are […]

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Sharing Editors’ Rejections For FOTL

Last year, on October 10, 2017, my lifelong dream came true: FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, the book of my heart, was released into the world! As many of you may know, it took me a long time to get here and I’m glad, because all of that time spent improving my craft led to a debut book that I love, feel confident about, and believe represents the best of what I can currently do as […]

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An Agent Or Editor Is Interested! What Next?!

It’s a typical morning for you. Maybe you’re in the office, getting ready for a meeting, or at home putting in another load of laundry while the coffee brews. You decide to check your email before getting on with your busy day and you see: Inbox (1) YES! You got a new message since the last time you checked (approximately 2.5 minutes ago). “Stay calm,” you tell yourself. “It’s probably a shipping notice from Amazon, […]

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Method Writing: Getting Into Your Characters’ Heads!

Acting and writing are a lot more similar than you’d think. After all, both professions require you to get into your character’s head in order to present them in a realistic way. Hollywood stars are always in the news for their odd and interesting method acting techniques. Some of them gain or lose weight to get into character while others give up life with running water and electricity to get into the spirit of a […]

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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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