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Adding to Your Writer’s Arsenal: School Visits

I am a firm believer in a diverse portfolio. One way to thrive in the writing industry is to be more than just a writer. As my debut novel made its way onto bookshelves, I asked myself two important questions. What other tools did I have in my arsenal? And how could I use that unique skill set to carve out a space for myself in a competitive industry? One expertise came to mind. I […]

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Filling the Blank Page

And then what? It’s a question I seem to be asking myself almost constantly, under my breath, in the strangest of situations—chopping vegetables, brushing my teeth, washing the dishes—and then what? In the back of my mind, I’m always trying to figure out how to fill the next blank page of my work in progress, always trying to figure out what comes next. The question is reflexive at this point, almost a verbal cliché, and […]

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Remember To Celebrate the Small Joys

I say this every time a new season rolls around, but I cannot believe how quickly the time goes. It has been almost a year since I got published! Eleven months and change since October 10, 2017, when FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS came out in hardcover and my lifelong dream was realized. And yesterday, on September 11, 2018, the paperback version hit shelves: I’ve talked a lot on social media about public trophies vs. […]

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Book release checklist!

Ahhh! Book release! Time to do all the things and still somehow get a reasonable amount of sleep at night. Or during the day. No judgement, fellow vampires. I don’t know about you, but book releases really sneak up on me. (It sure did this year. I, uh, have a book out tomorrow. Yay!) I always feel like no matter how much preparation I do, I’m always forgetting something. This year, I tried to be […]

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On Getting Query Help: Erica Boyce’s The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green, From Critique to Book Deal (And a Bonus Cover Reveal)

I wish writing groups felt like this (photo via Pexels) I feel like as someone who works in publishing, both as an agent on the industry side of things and an author in the Young Adult world, I spend a lot of time trying to nudge people to follow the traditional route of trying to get their book in front of the right people. I hear so many stories about terrible query letters and poorly […]

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