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Guest Post: Giving Up On Writing. Again. And Again.

When Patrice asked if I’d be willing to write a post about not giving up, my first response was: oh, but I’m not the right person for this—I gave up so many times! But Patrice made a good point: writing isn’t about not wanting to give up, but about knowing when to keep going. The first book I ever wrote seriously (by which I mean I wrote “The End” and actually let another human—aka not […]

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The Ones That Got Away

I divide my email into folders and sub folders to stay organized. I’ve got a folder for Request and within that: Offer, Pass, and…The Ones That Got Away. Agents deal with rejection, too, and in those moments I have to remind myself of the same thing I tell writers: It’s not personal. Authors have a lot to consider when deciding whether or not to accept an offer of representation, and ultimately they need to go […]

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2017 Debuts’ Most Memorable Moments of Debut Year!

Debut year is often one of the biggest, most memorable years in an author’s career — and it can also be one of the most stressful. I am endlessly grateful to my fellow 2017 debut authors for the support, advice, and experiences they all shared throughout the year. I asked several of them to share lessons they learned and their funny, heartwarming, and/or unforgettable debut memories! Check them out below for laughs, inspiration, and a […]

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Five Tips for the Halfway Point of NaNoWriMo

Hey PubCrawlers! Today is November 17, so we’re just past the halfway point of NaNoWriMo. I’m not participating this year, but I have a few times in the past, and I’ve “won” NaNoWriMo once. Though it’s certainly not your greatest failure if you quit partway through, finishing and “winning” NaNo can help you jumpstart a new project and validate your ability to complete what sometimes seems like an impossible task. We’ve had some great posts […]

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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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