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Gift Ideas for Bookworms!

Hi all! It’s Julie. The holidays are here–the time of year when many of us exchange gifts with loved ones–and I thought it would be fun to put together some gift suggestions for the book lovers on your list. To get me started, I asked my PubCrawl colleagues for their ideas, and they had quite a few good ones! Stephanie and JJ suggested subscription boxes, such as OwlCrate, LitJoy Crate, and Uppercase Box (which all […]

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Acknowledgements Checklist

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward When I got the news of my first publishing deal, along with feeling insanely happy, shocked, and slightly drunk, I also remember the overwhelming sense of thankfulness I felt to not just my agent, but the entire universe. I think I even hugged my plant. That day, I wrote down all the people I wanted to thank, […]

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Author Janet McNally on Writing about Music

Hi PubCrawlers! Today I’m sharing an interview with my friend and fellow Sweet 16 debut author, Janet McNally. Janet’s debut, Girls in the Moon, releases tomorrow, November 29. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy, and I fell in love with this lyrical coming-of-age story with a rock and roll backdrop. I’m so happy to have Janet here to talk about her debut. She is also sharing a giveaway, so enter with the […]

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Happy Thanksgiving! We are Thankful for Passionate Readers

I have always been a reader. Throughout my life, I’ve fallen in love with one book after another, rearranging my shelves so that my favorite-of-the-moment gets the best spot. When I really love a book, just the sight of the cover will make me happy. I try to keep my room arranged so I can see the cover of several favorite books when I open my eyes in the morning. I guess this is just […]

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In the Writers’ Room Where It Happened

Before I started writing fiction, I wanted to write for television. My first attempt at writing and selling my work was a spec script for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which I wrote, typed, and mailed to Paramount when I was 13. That was my first professional rejection too. Years later, I applied to a Nickelodeon writing fellowship with a spec script for the cartoon CatDog, which I probably worked on harder than any paper […]

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