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When it’s too close to home: Writing Q&A with Anne Bustard, author of Anywhere But Paradise

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome Anne Bustard today, in celebration of the release of her new Middle Grade book, which comes out today. Anne, a part of Egmont’s Last List, has graciously agreed to indulge my questions about her writing process with her brilliant answers. So without further ado, welcome, Anne! Set in 1960 Hawaii, Anywhere But Paradise is the story of reluctant seventh-grade newcomer Peggy Sue Bennett, who is baffled by local customs, worried […]

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Guest Post: Linda Goodnight on How To Finish That Novel

Even after nearly fifty books, I still don’t feel like an expert, but I have learned a few things on this journey. Let’s face it, writing a book is daunting. Even an old dog like me feels as if I’m about to bungee jump from Mt. Everest every time I start a new book. The beginning is exciting and words flow with passion, but soon passion becomes plain hard work and a finished product seems impossible. […]

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A Day in the Life of Paper Lantern Lit Co-Founder Lexa Hillyer

Wednesday March 11 3:45 am. My husband Charlie’s alarm goes off and he gets up to leave for an early catering gig. He is probably going to be setting up a fancy breakfast at Bloomberg Philanthropy or something but who knows, because he also does things like $150,000 40-person 6-year-old birthday parties at the Carlyle. Hashtag richpeople. I mercifully hear none of this because of the powerful earplugs wedged deep into my skull. 7:34 am. […]

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Guest Post: Through the Looking Glass with Author Ilsa J. Bick

This is a true, but long-winded story all about writing and some of the research that went into The Dickens Mirror —because, man, I did a ton — so you might want to go grab a Coke or cup of coffee. Go ahead; I’ll wait. Back again?  All comfy?  All right, so true story: I’m in North Carolina on tour for Ashes, and visiting an independent bookstore. By this point, I’m tinkering with The Dark Passages; […]

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Guest Post: Mackenzie Brady on Sifting Through the Slush

Good morning, Pub Crawlers! As an agent I field a lot of questions, but one of the most common and most fun to answer is: how do you find projects? And while I could easily rattle off a quick answer—slush pile, referrals, conferences, a bit of magic—I thought it would be fun to actually figure out my personal metrics. So, here we go! I currently represent 29 writers and illustrators. 13 queried me directly 7 […]

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