Author Archive | Stephanie

A Contemplation on Cookies: A Publishing Tale

A Contemplation on Cookies: A Publishing Tale A year and a day ago, I was in class. I should have been listening about how to calculate damages in a contracts case, but instead I was pondering the cookie options that would be available at Einstein’s. When could I get the cookie? Did I deserve a cookie? What if someone gets to the cookie before me? My deeply philosophical thoughts were disrupted by THE EMAIL.   […]

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6 Hot Tips for Putting Soul Into Your Setting + A Contest

Stephanie: I love the feel of experiencing new places through reading. I adore being submersed in a scene—tasting and smelling and touching along with a character. When a story is full of vivid settings and unique descriptions, I feel as if I’m taking a magical (or sometimes terrifying) vacation. Unfortunately, setting descriptions are also the parts that I often find myself skimming, and I imagine I’m not alone. Describing something accurately is not the same […]

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Wandering Wild Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Today I am thrilled that we are sharing the cover for Wandering Wild. I always get excited for cover reveals, but this one feels particularly special. Wandering Wild was originally supposed to be published by Egmont in October of 2015, but after the U.S division of Egmont closed last year, Wandering Wild lost its first home. Thankfully it’s found a new home with Sky Pony Press, and it will be coming out May 3, 2016. And here […]

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Steph and Stacey’s Critiquing Cheat Sheet

Stephanie: When I first started writing, I thought revising was proofreading. In fact, I knew so little about revisions I believed that if there were mistakes in my manuscript it was no big deal because that’s what editors are for. Thankfully I outgrew this delusion rather quickly. Unfortunately it took me a much longer time to find solid critique partners and figure out what it means to revise. So, for any of you who might […]

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Bringing The Fun Back Into Writing

Stephanie: It’s the beginning of November, which means NaNoWriMo has just begun! I love the idea of NaNo. I love that it’s a race to write fast, and one that everyone can win. So instead of competing, people are rooting for one another. A wide array of authors give inspirational pep talks. Strangers write together in coffee shops. Friendships are formed as people participate in group writing sprints. NaNo is fun! And I think this is […]

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