Sharing Editors’ Rejections For FOTL

Last year, on October 10, 2017, my lifelong dream came true: FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, the book of my heart, was released into the world! As many of you may know, it took me a long time to get here and I’m glad, because all of that time spent improving my craft led to a debut book that I love, feel confident about, and believe represents the best of what I can currently do as […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Publishing Relationships

This week Kelly and JJ discuss Publishing Relationships, or how connections help the industry move forward. Also what happens if you get orphaned by your editor, if your agent isn’t interested in representing your project, and more. Show Notes Agent/author relationships Sometimes you don’t know what you want from this relationship unless you’re in the middle of one that isn’t working for you and that’s okay. Julie Dao has a great post about questions to ask. […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Crafting Characters – Narrative Arc & Change

This week JJ and Kelly conclude their Crafting Characters series with NARRATIVE ARCS. Apologies for sounding scatterbrained; JJ was up until the wee hours trying (and failing) to kill a video game boss while Kelly has the plague. Show Notes What distinguishes a novel from shorter forms of fiction is the trajectory of narrative change. The “point” of a novel is transformation. Either a character transforms, or the world around the character transforms. Transformation and evolution […]

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An Agent Or Editor Is Interested! What Next?!

It’s a typical morning for you. Maybe you’re in the office, getting ready for a meeting, or at home putting in another load of laundry while the coffee brews. You decide to check your email before getting on with your busy day and you see: Inbox (1) YES! You got a new message since the last time you checked (approximately 2.5 minutes ago). “Stay calm,” you tell yourself. “It’s probably a shipping notice from Amazon, […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Crafting Characters – Relationships

 This week Kelly and JJ continue with their Crafting Characters series with RELATIONSHIPS. If a tree falls in the middle of a wood and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If a character is fully realized but has no other characters to witness it, are they truly three-dimensional? Show Notes Relationships between characters also have dynamics: tense, easy, etc. Relationships, like characters, also evolve and change. How characters relate to other […]

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