Interview with Literary Agent Barbara Poelle

Hello PubCrawlers! I am so excited to have as my guest today veteran literary agent (and Irene Goodman Literary Agency vice president) Barbara Poelle. Barbara is the author of FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOOK PUBLISHING INDUSTRY, which comes out today from Writer’s Digest Books! FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK is based on Barbara’s popular Writer’s Digest advice column of the same name, and features responses to more than 100 questions by aspiring and emerging writers (including […]

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Revising With Julie, Part Five: In the Public Eye

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 fifth and final part of the series. You can find the first part here, the second part here, the third part here, and the fourth part here.   Last month, I talked about getting feedback from your team and fellow writers you trust. Today, I want to talk about what happens when […]

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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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