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Five Tips For Writing Antiheroes

I know this much about myself: I’m WAY better at writing than I am at public speaking. So when I heard about a public speaking course for authors at the Highlights Foundation back in May, I jumped on it. The 4-5 days of intensive workshopping ended in an assignment: we had to take what we learned, choose a topic related to our books, and talk about it for one hour to students at schools nearby. […]

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Auction to Aid Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog post for this important announcement. With our fellow U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico in need in the devastating aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the additional challenges of getting water and supplies to the island from the mainland, a bunch of authors, agents, and editors have banded together to create #PubforPR, an online auction to raise funds to provide aid, through donations to Unidos por Puerto Rico and […]

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Guest Post: Akshaya Raman and Janella Angeles Share Their Conference Survival Guide

Today I have invited Akshaya Raman and Janella Angeles, my fabulous writer friends and members of the Boston Teen Author Festival team to do a guest post! They are offering some truly ingenious tips and advice for conferences that all attendees may want to keep in mind when going to an event. Without further ado, here are Aks and Janella!   Anyone in publishing knows that when conference season rolls around, your FOMO naturally rises. You […]

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How Long Will You Wait for the Next Book?

As fans of Game of Thrones are aware, it’s been about six years since the release of book 5 was released, and author George R R Martin has missed several deadlines for the next one, largely due to writer’s block. (I’m sure we can all relate!) Martin made headlines last month by announcing that the 6th book ‘may’ be ready by the end of 2018, and I can tell you I’ve already had inquiries from […]

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A New You—In Name Alone? When to Adopt a Pen Name

For the first ten years and twenty-plus novels of my career, I wrote exclusively under my real name. But this summer, The Dress in the Window will come out under the pseudonym Sofia Grant. The decision to use a pen name was not undertaken lightly, but after extensive discussion with my agent and editor, who ultimately felt that my new novel might reach the greatest number of readers if it was launched as a ‘debut.’ […]

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