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5 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN WRITING FOR A YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCE

I’ve been a middle school teacher longer than I’ve been an author. While 2019 marks my debut year, it also marks my twentieth year teaching middle school literacy. Juggling these two careers is challenging, but I also benefit from the overlap between both roles. What I’ve learned being an author helps me teach writing better. And what I’ve learned as a teacher has made me a better writer. Some of the principles I use to […]

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Revising With Julie, Part Two: My Process

Hello! I am doing a series that is all about revising books and I hope you’ll check out the other posts. This is the second part of the series, and you can find the first part here.   Today I’m going to be talking about exactly how I revise a book, from the moment I get an editorial letter to “The End.” I’m going to preface this post with the disclaimer I give every single […]

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Revising With Julie, Part One: My Dirty Little Secret

Here’s something most people know about publishing: you keep a lot of secrets. At any given time, an author might be holding on to unannounced film/TV rights, book deal news, tour information, festival appearances . . . the list goes on and on. The reason behind all of this secret-keeping may vary widely, from the film studio not announcing projects until they’re officially in production to timing particular news just right, so they’ll make a […]

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The Edge of Discomfort

Hi everyone! I’m back from the other side of another deadline. I swear there’s some kind of gravitational pull between when I signed up on the posting schedule around here and when my books are due. Life works in mysterious ways. I’m also back with another sports training metaphor. Y’all ready? Okay, good. Let’s go. When you train— and literally this is any kind of athletic pursuit— what you’re often going for is finding a […]

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Launching a Book is the Starting Line (Not the Finish Line)

Greetings people of the internet! I’m back on the other side of launching my second book! Woo hoo! I did it, right? I can chill out, relax. Maybe take a nice long bubble bath. [cue the laughter from other published authors] The truth is, launching a book is the start line not the finish line. I know that’s a hard thing to hear. So much work— so much y’all— goes into before launching a book. First there’s […]

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