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Social media, envy, and (RE)focusing on YOU.

Happy Friday! Let’s talk about envy. I was browsing Instagram, as one does, and came upon the above Rupi Kaur poem. It made me weirdly emotional. And, as someone with anxiety, I like to say I’m extra tuned into my emotions—I try to capture them when I feel them and “sort them.” It’s a way for me to process feelings that are important, make sure I’m okay, and then let them go. I’ve been wanting […]

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Making Attainable Goals

As writers, we make many goals for ourselves: Finish a new manuscript this year. Sign with an agent by my birthday in September. Write 50,000 words in November. Send out 10 queries this week. Show my editor the proposal for my next work. Hit the New York Times Bestsellers list. Win a Printz or a Newbury. Make a new friend at the upcoming writers’ conference. Get J.K. Rowling to blurb my book.   Those are […]

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The Elephant in the Industry

For a long time, too long a time, the elephant in the room—the thing almost everyone never talked about—was sexual harassment in the [fill in the blank] industry. That has begun to change, most notably in Hollywood with women speaking up about years of abuse from producer Harvey Weinstein and a growing list of others. This month, the scandals finally reached another corner of the entertainment industry: children’s book publishing. Following a recent survey by […]

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Sharing Editors’ Rejections For FOTL

Last year, on October 10, 2017, my lifelong dream came true: FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, the book of my heart, was released into the world! As many of you may know, it took me a long time to get here and I’m glad, because all of that time spent improving my craft led to a debut book that I love, feel confident about, and believe represents the best of what I can currently do as […]

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Taking Writing breaks, especially when you don’t want to

Hey PubCrawl readers! Happy Friday! I’m here today to talk about writing breaks and giving your creative soul time to recharge, complete with craft links (at the post’s end)!! I am a big fan of taking breaks. I am also the world’s most stubborn person. I’ve talked about this a bit here before, but 2016 was a really rough year for me. I had been querying for a few years at that point. About a […]

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