Revising With Julie, Part Four: Making Edits Manageable

Hello! I am doing a series that is all about revising books and I hope you’ll check out the other posts. This is the fourth part of the series. You can find the first part here, the second part here, and the third part here.   Today’s post is all about how to make the overwhelming revision process seem more manageable! Last month, I discussed the importance of getting eyes on your work. I want to […]

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5 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN WRITING FOR A YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCE

I’ve been a middle school teacher longer than I’ve been an author. While 2019 marks my debut year, it also marks my twentieth year teaching middle school literacy. Juggling these two careers is challenging, but I also benefit from the overlap between both roles. What I’ve learned being an author helps me teach writing better. And what I’ve learned as a teacher has made me a better writer. Some of the principles I use to […]

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Five Tips for Self-Care When You Are Writing Difficult Topics

It can be difficult to write about some things, and some of us are drawn to writing about difficult things, but that doesn’t mean we need to suffer for our art. Here are five things to remember when you decide to write something that, one way or another, evokes intense emotions. Come up for air (or Netflix), but remember to go back in. I write dark shit. An entire collection about loss and grief, and […]

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Revising With Julie, Part Three: Getting Eyes On Your Work

Hello! I am doing a series that is all about revising books and I hope you’ll check out the other posts. This is the third part of the series, and you can find the first part here and the second part here.   Welcome back! Today I’m going to be talking about how to get eyes on your work. To lead in, I’d like to share some realities of getting published: Your book no longer belongs […]

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Building an Author Website Before the Agent and the Book

Stock photo via Pexels I talk about author websites on Twitter Dot Com fairly often (as do my rockstar friends Patrice Caldwell and Dahlia Adler, both of whom you should be following for brilliant advice), and for a good reason. As someone who is involved in the industry as an agent, they’re so wildly important. They serve as a landing page for you, as a writer. And down the line, when your book is out […]

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