Author Archive | Julie

Guest Post: The Pitch Wars Prize by Kristen Lepionka

I used to think online writing contests were for lucky people. You know the type I mean—some folks are just lucky, always winning free vacations, Goodreads giveaways, or hitting it big on a slot machine. Me? Not so much. I didn’t even win a free water bottle with my employer’s name printed on it, that time they gave away 6 of them at a meeting that only had 8 attendees. No big deal. I didn’t […]

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Cover Reveal! FLOWER MOON by Gina Linko–plus a guest post by the author!

I won’t make  you wait for it–here’s the gorgeous cover of Flower Moon… I LOVE this cover so much! It has so much energy and magic, and the girls in silhouette have a real bittersweet quality. And since I know the mere sight of it has made you curious about the story, here’s a summary of the book: Tempest and Tally Jo Trimble are mirror twins–so alike they were almost born the same person–and they’ve […]

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Tracking Your Progress While Outlining and Revising

Hi all! Julie here. Recently I blogged about How to Finish Your Book, focusing on tips on how to get to The End when writing a first draft. In the comments, I was asked a great question about tracking progress during the outlining and revising stages of the writing process. The reason I think this is such a great question is because tracking outlining and revising is definitely trickier than tracking drafting. When getting a […]

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Choosing the Best Length for your Story

Hi all! Julie here, and today I want to talk about how we as writers choose the best length for the stories we tell. As readers, we’ve all come to the end of a story we loved and felt a real sadness that it was over and we were going to have to leave those characters and their world behind. I think this can happen with any length of story. I’ve felt it at the […]

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How to Finish Your Book

Hi all! I’m currently on a deadline with my publisher, so I find myself thinking a lot about productivity these days. My deadline is for a first draft, so my focus at the moment is on creating a quality draft without bogging down, getting off track, or falling behind schedule. In the meantime, I’ve had the opportunity to meet lots of aspiring novelists in the past few months, and many have asked for advice on […]

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