Crafting a Strong Beginning

Hey there PubCrawlers! Today I’m sharing a craft post about writing a strong beginning. As with any and all craft-oriented posts shared here by me or any of the other PubCrawl writers, keep in mind that this advice is meant to be general and certainly will not apply to all stories. First, an apology. I’m sharing with you a three-point list I use to help me craft my story beginnings, but I no longer remember […]

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid!

I am so excited to be hosting the cover reveal for one of my favorite YA contemporary authors (and good friend) Adi Alsaid. He writes beautiful, inspiring novels that I’m frequently shouting at people to read. And behold, here’s another one for me to scream about. Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak. Here are some details about from his publisher, Harlequin Teen: Has heartbreak broken her for good? Dumped by her boyfriend the summer after […]

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Guest Post: Who Is This Book For?

I always get a very particular kind of nervous when my mother reads my books. She’s a voracious reader and isn’t afraid to tell me what she really thinks, which is both incredibly valuable and maybe a little bit terrifying. So when I gave her the ARC of my upcoming release (the young adult novel Questions I Want to Ask You, which comes out today, yay!), I wasn’t surprised at her first question: “Why so […]

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Writing Non-Fiction: Building Your Author Platform Through Publication (And a Bonus Cover Reveal!)

Get it because platform? Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash Platform is one of those tricky things that I find a lot of new writers wrestle with. Because the definition of “platform” is surprisingly varied. I’m going to write a few pieces that address it over the next few weeks, that I hope you’ll find helpful. First up, let’s dig into building platform in publication. A little over two years ago, when I was still a Baby Agent™, what […]

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To Be (Continued) or Not to Be…

The first full-length manuscript I sent around to agents I described as a “standalone novel with series potential.” The story was a self-contained arc, but I’d fallen in love with the characters, and I was excited about the possibility of taking them on more escapades. With that in mind, I deliberately wrote an ending that would allow me a reason to pick things up and carry on, if and when a publisher made me an […]

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