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Writing Yourself

June is Pride month, a time for the queer community to celebrate its history and commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots—the 1969 uprisings in Greenwich Village that marked the turning point for LGBTQ+ rights in this country. For a number of reasons, this year’s Pride holds special significance for me, and one of the big ones is that it is my first year as the published author of an OwnVoices novel about a gay […]

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What are you reading?

One of the questions I’m most commonly asked — and I’m sure I’m not alone in this — is what do I read? What do I recommend? Depending whether the asker is asking as a reader or a writer, my answers are different. If they’re asking as a reader wanting to know what books I love, I give them my latest favorites I think they might enjoy, too. But when a writer is asking that […]

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On Writing and Failure

One thing that prevents many people from writing is the fear of failing. “What if my novel sucks?” they wonder, and then to prevent that terrible outcome, they won’t bother to write it at all. That way their story idea will always remain shiny and perfect in their mind. But it’s going to be amazing(!) when they get around to writing it, one day. Just you wait. One of the best pieces of writing advice I heard at the […]

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New Year Writerly Resolutions

Happy New Year, Pubcrawlers! I think we can all agree that 2016 blew pretty hard in a lot of ways. Though many of us experienced awesome things and achieved amazing goals, lots of things outside of our control went kablooey. For me, one of those things was my sense of my own writing. So I decided it was time to create a Writerly New Year’s Resolution. As most of you know, I’m a writer in […]

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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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