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Plot, PoV and Agenda. Or: Is This Your Story to Tell?

I think this week was the tipping point. At least for me. Last week, fellow PubCrawl contributor Patrice Caldwell and I were at the amazing Highlights Foundation, teaching (with agent Linda Camacho and author Linda Sue Park) a workshop on representing responsibly. It’s something I talk about frequently — as member of We Need Diverse Books and the co-founder of CAKE Literary, but especially as a brown writer with brown children who still struggle to […]

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NANOWRIMO PREP TIPS: THE OUTLINE IS KEY!

There are two kinds of writers (and people, I’d say) in this world: plotters and pantsers. And for either type, crossing over to the other side is the stuff of nightmares.When it comes to tackling a big fast drafting project for something like NaNoWriMo (there’s less than two weeks to go!), though, even the most diehard pantser could learn a trick or two from us outlining jedi. Lucky for you, as a screenwriter-turned-novelist (and back again!), […]

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On Publishing, Goals, Life and Balance (Or Lack There Of)

The last few months, I’ve been a bit MIA. Not enough for anyone who doesn’t know me well to notice. But enough. Because things have been happening. Good things, which I hope to share down the line. But bad things, too. Difficult things. Today marks two months since the day I lost my father. And tomorrow is my birthday. The first I’ll celebrate without him. It’s going to be hard. The last year has been […]

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10 Things I Learned About Publishing from My Debut Series

Tomorrow marks the paperback launch of my second book, Shiny Broken Pieces, and the wrap of the Tiny Pretty Things series. It’s been three years now since I officially became an published author. And in those three years, I’ve learned a lot. So herewith, for those of you anticipating debuts of your own, the good, the bad and the truly heinous. Everything changes. Damn straight it does. I mean, you’re published now. You’ve seen your […]

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Guest Post: The Joys (and Perils) of Writing a Series by Aya de Leon

Today we welcome debut author Aya de Leon to the blog — she’s a fellow former Debutante at The Debutante Ball, a publishing blog that I was a member of in 2015. It’s a fun read — tracking the journey of five first-time authors over the course of their debut year. Check it out if you haven’t already! Aya’s first book, Uptown Thief, kicked the start of her Justice Hustlers series. As she launches book two, The Boss, she’s taking a moment […]

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