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Writing Under Contract

I am writing book 2. And I am in agony. Everyone told me that writing your second book (first book under contract) would be much, much harder than writing your debut. I knew to expect it, knew that it would be likely I’d be grappling with doubt and imposter syndrome, and yet here I am in the middle of writing book 2, feeling completely blindsided by the process. Even though I knew this was coming, […]


Making the Shift to Middle Grade

Hey, all! 🙂 In case you were unawares, my next two upcoming books are Middle Grade instead of Young Adult, and today, I wanted to talk a little about the different experiences I’ve had writing for these two age groups. Of course, I don’t have nearly as much experience with the Middle Grade side of things, yet—my first one doesn’t release until Summer 2017. But with one book through copyedits and the other quickly shaping […]

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How to Cultivate a Winning Author/Blogger Relationship

Stacey: We’d love to start by hearing a little more about your blogging routine. How do you decide which books to read? How many books do you read a week? Do you try to review a variety of genres? Nancy: It all depends on blog tour obligations and when post commitments are due. In regards to the books I read, it’s a combination of author commitments and whatever books that I feel that I can […]


Birthdays, Deadlines and Goals, Oh My!

Nothing like a birthday to remind you that the clock is ticking. And today’s a big one. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s always a day to pause, take stock, and reassess. Like many writers, I’m all about goals and plans, and, as a journalist, deadlines. And it’s difficult not to feel a bit bereft when you realize you haven’t quite achieved the things you set out too. It’s easy to be […]


Your Author Brand: What it is and why it’s important

Almost every author I’ve met, whether they write literary fiction for a small press or category romances for Harlequin, has considered themselves an artist of some sort, and no one wants to equate selling their art to selling Kellogg’s or Coca-Cola. They don’t view their books as commercial products. But the purpose of branding is the same whether you’re selling books or breakfast cereal: to let customers know what they’re going to get before they […]

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