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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PubCrawl Podcast: Reviews

This week JJ and Kelly talk reviews, publishing’s necessary evil. Bottom line? Reviews are not for authors. Repeat: REVIEWS ARE NOT FOR AUTHORS. Show Notes Types of reviews Trade publications (Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal, etc.) Consumer reviews Uses for trade reviews For collection building at schools and libraries Pull quotes (choice phrases to put on marketing materials!) Starred reviews Starred reviews are merely a way for trade publications to note a particular […]

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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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PubCrawl Podcast: Publishing Relationships

This week Kelly and JJ discuss Publishing Relationships, or how connections help the industry move forward. Also what happens if you get orphaned by your editor, if your agent isn’t interested in representing your project, and more. Show Notes Agent/author relationships Sometimes you don’t know what you want from this relationship unless you’re in the middle of one that isn’t working for you and that’s okay. Julie Dao has a great post about questions to ask. […]

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