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On Waiting As Writers

It’s no secret that writers spend a lot of time waiting. When drafting: We wait for inspiration. We wait for time to write. When revising: We wait for critique partners to send feedback. When entering online writing contests: We wait to be chosen. When querying: We wait for agents to fall in love with our work. When on submission: We wait for editors to fall in love with our work. When the book deal is signed: We […]

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Building Writerly Friendships

Hi all! Today I want to talk a little bit about friendships between writers. As I was searching for a topic for this post over the past few days, I also was looking forward to having lunch with Meghan Rogers, an author I met last year. Meghan and I both debuted in 2016 and published sequel novels this year (if you’re unfamiliar with Meghan’s amazing Raven Files books, you can read about them on her […]

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A New You—In Name Alone? When to Adopt a Pen Name

For the first ten years and twenty-plus novels of my career, I wrote exclusively under my real name. But this summer, The Dress in the Window will come out under the pseudonym Sofia Grant. The decision to use a pen name was not undertaken lightly, but after extensive discussion with my agent and editor, who ultimately felt that my new novel might reach the greatest number of readers if it was launched as a ‘debut.’ […]

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Real Talk: Patience in Publishing

Time for some real, possibly difficult to hear, talk: Publishing, my friends, is a long, long game. Having been on both sides of it – as a writer, going through submission, and as an agent, taking my own clients through submission – I can say with certainty that if this industry is making you absolutely crazy with its snail’s pace, you are not alone. Publishing is an industry that, especially in recent years, is always […]

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Five Things I’ve Learned About Being a Pre-Published Debut

This is the year my dream comes true! My debut novel comes out in exactly 85 days. *slightly hysterical laughter* I have longed for October 10, 2017 even before I knew it would have any lasting significance on my life. Young Julie wished fiercely on stars, birthday candles, and alarm clocks every time 11:11 came around, and held her breath for luck while driving through tunnels and over bridges. She looked at getting published through the […]

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