Author Archive | Stacey

Acknowledgements Checklist

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward When I got the news of my first publishing deal, along with feeling insanely happy, shocked, and slightly drunk, I also remember the overwhelming sense of thankfulness I felt to not just my agent, but the entire universe. I think I even hugged my plant. That day, I wrote down all the people I wanted to thank, […]

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All You Need To Know About Sensitivity Reads

If you’re writing a story with a main or secondary character from a culture or identity different from your own chances are you might be considering using a Sensitivity Reader. So what is a Sensitivity Reader, and how do you know if you need one? Read on for some insight: What is a Sensitivity Reader? A sensitivity reader reads through a manuscript for issues of representation and for instances of bias on the page.  The […]

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How to Cultivate a Winning Author/Blogger Relationship

Stacey: We’d love to start by hearing a little more about your blogging routine. How do you decide which books to read? How many books do you read a week? Do you try to review a variety of genres? Nancy: It all depends on blog tour obligations and when post commitments are due. In regards to the books I read, it’s a combination of author commitments and whatever books that I feel that I can […]

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Stories for All: Inclusive World Building with Tara Sim

There are so many aspects to consider when you’re crafting secondary fantasy worlds. The first place you might start is figuring out how many countries there are, what the world is called, where the oceans are in relation to your setting, and so on. Then you dive deeper to figure out the cultures, the people, the government, the relationships between each nation. Honestly, I could talk for days about world building (and I’m pretty sure […]

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When to Put the Baby (Your Book) to Bed

For every book I’ve written, there are at least two that will never see the light of day. Even with three books under my belt, not everything that shoots from my pen sparkles. I recently decided not to pursue a manuscript for which I had already written 30,000 words. It was hard, especially after having spent six months researching for it. And it won’t be the last time that happens. So, how do you know […]

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