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Twitter & Literary Agents: Looking Below the Social Media Surface

As an agent who uses Twitter a lot in my day-to-day, talking about books I’m reading, projects by my authors, posting pictures of my corgi… I get a lot of queries that specifically bring up my Twitter account. Most of the time, these mentions are great. They discuss things I’ve tweeted regarding what I’m looking for, like something on my manuscript wish list. Which is exactly what I like to see. But every now and […]

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Should Books Make Us Uncomfortable

It seems like hardly a week goes by where there isn’t some report about a book that has been challenged or banned from use in a school. The reasons vary. Unpopular religious views or opinions, gratuitous violence, sexually explicit, language are some of the more frequent reasons listed by the ALA. Banned Books Top Reason For the most part, I’m sure that most of you reading would never advocate banning a book, but I think […]

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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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Books that Shaped Me

The other day I read an article about the top 10 world events that I found enlightening. I know what events I remember most clearly. The Challenger explosion, the Berlin Wall coming down, the transfer of Hong Kong back to China, the dismantling of the U.S.S.R., and the Iraq War and 9/11 to name a few. The article also broke it down by demographic and generation. Not surprisingly, the Kennedy Assassination was high on the […]

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Suspension of Disbelief

I read a lot, and one of the things I love about reading is the opportunity for escape that books offer me. People don’t get cut in half. Rabbits don’t live in hats and coins aren’t magically hiding behind my ear. I know that teenagers seldom run around catching bad guys or saving the world, and dead people usually stay dead, but in a well-written book, I can enjoy the story without thinking too much […]

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