Author Archive | JJ

On Building Habits

I mentioned in my last post on PubCrawl that I had recently resigned my day job and was refilling my creative well. It’s been a few weeks now, and while my creative well has been replenishing nicely, I confess to feeling a bit adrift when it comes to, well, a schedule. If there was one thing about having a day job I did like, it was that I had a routine. I’ve confessed here and elsewhere […]

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On Burnout and Refilling the Creative Well

I am burned out. I don’t think anyone would dispute that writing is hard work. And writing is hard work. It may not be physically taxing, but it is mentally, emotionally, and at times spiritually taxing. But because we don’t necessarily wear the work of writing on our bodies the same way we do with other types of labor, we often ignore, try to justify, deny, or even berate ourselves our own exhaustion. That’s what happened […]

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Introducing Patrice Caldwell!

Patrice is a twentysomething introvert gone wild. By day, she’s an editorial assistant, and by night, weekend, and early morning (if she’s had enough green tea) she’s a writer. You can learn more about Patrice, her writing, favorite books, and general musings at her blog patricecaldwell.com. You can also find her on Twitter @whimsicallyours, her secondary home. Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got into publishing. I’m an Editorial Assistant in […]

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Introducing Eric Smith!

Eric Smith is an author, blogger, and literary agent currently based in Richmond, Virginia. He began his publishing career at Quirk Books, working on marketing for bestsellers like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. By day, he can be found working as an associate literary agent with P.S. Literary, mostly focusing on YA with a smattering of genre-fiction and non-fiction in the mix. At night, […]

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About How and Why You Write

Apologies, y’all. This is a bit of a frivolous post for today as I am under deadline for book 2 and therefore do not have the mindspace for anything more significant or useful. Anyway! The other week, I was out to dinner with Roshani Chokshi and a friend of hers, who was also an aspiring writer. We got to talking about our Hogwarts Houses and the reasons for why we write, so I thought I’d write a […]

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