Listen Up! My Secret Solution To Stealing Creative Time…

How do you make the most of every minute you have? Soon I’ll be blogging about how to squeeze every moment you can out of your writing day, but today I’m going to share one of my top secret tips. When it comes to making the most of the time you have, nothing beats audio. You can listen to the new must-read story while you go for a run, soak up a lecture on craft […]


May Releases!

By Vanessa Di Gregorio — Can you believe it’s already May? It seems crazy to me! But it’s definitely a month people have been waiting for! There are some books that people have been anxiously awaiting (BITTERBLUE and INSURGENT and A HERO FOR WONDLA, anyone?), and debut author releases that sound incredible (I, for one, am really interested in ENCHANTED). It seems like only yesterday that I was agonizing over the long wait till May (I really, […]


It’s Sales Conference Time!

by Vanessa Di Gregorio — It’s that time of the year again for publishers: Sales Conference time! So I figured now would be the perfect time to talk about a crucial part of my job: what happens each season with new books? How does a selling cycle work? Sales reps tend to work on a different schedule than everyone else in a publishing house. Editorial, production, and marketing all work together to whip a book […]


Thoughts on Villains

Out of all the characters that exist in a story, antagonists are the most difficult for me to get right. Too often, I find myself in danger of falling into the trap of writing an antagonist that is too obviously bad, usually to the point where the character just falls flat and becomes a 2D character. I did this a LOT during my early writing days, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was a […]


So You Finished Your First Draft — Now What?

So you finished your first draft. Now what? Everyone revises differently, but if you’re like me, you’ve got a whole list of things you know you need to fix, but you have that advice ringing in your head: let the draft sit for a couple of weeks before you tackle a revision. You can do that. You probably deserve a break. Chance are, you’ve been slaving over your keyboard for at least a couple of […]