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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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More Hands in the Kitchen: Karuna Riazi on Baking Her Debut With a Book Packager

I‘m playing proud parent on the blog today as we welcome Karuna Riazi, who made her debut last month with the awesome The Gauntlet, a middle grade Jumanji with a South Asian flair. The book is the first non-Sona-and-Dhonielle project from CAKE Literary – the book packaging company I co-founded with my BFF and work wife Dhonielle Clayton. Everything we do has a decidedly diverse bent, with a strong focus on #ownvoices.  One of the questions Karuna gets […]

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CampNaNo Writers! Awesome Authors’ Fast Drafting Tips to Get You Through!

So every year, I try to take on the challenge of fast-drafting during NaNoWriMo – that’s the fab and motivating National Novel Writing Month, traditionally in November, for you newbies. And every time I do it, by day five, I’m waving the white flag of doom and despair. This month, I decided to dig into their spring CampNaNo (and there’s another one in July for those of you who can’t commit right now!). To keep […]

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Birthdays, Deadlines and Goals, Oh My!

Nothing like a birthday to remind you that the clock is ticking. And today’s a big one. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s always a day to pause, take stock, and reassess. Like many writers, I’m all about goals and plans, and, as a journalist, deadlines. And it’s difficult not to feel a bit bereft when you realize you haven’t quite achieved the things you set out too. It’s easy to be […]

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