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Creating space

I’m now seven books into my career, with four more contracted through 2020, so this might seem strange for me to say, especially to those of you still trying to break into publishing or just getting started, but I often fantasize about the freedom of writing without contracts or deadlines. Some authors can write and write and write indefinitely without feeling like they need more space for the book they’re working on. And some authors […]

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10 Things I Learned About Publishing from My Debut Series

Tomorrow marks the paperback launch of my second book, Shiny Broken Pieces, and the wrap of the Tiny Pretty Things series. It’s been three years now since I officially became an published author. And in those three years, I’ve learned a lot. So herewith, for those of you anticipating debuts of your own, the good, the bad and the truly heinous. Everything changes. Damn straight it does. I mean, you’re published now. You’ve seen your […]

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Guarding your writing time

A couple months ago, I was at an event where someone asked how authors — particularly those with day jobs and children and life events — find time to write. Full disclosure: I write full-time, and I’m very fortunate to be able to do that. I can’t answer as to how writers with all that going on manage to fit it in. Sorcery, as far as I can tell. But for real, I know authors […]

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Tips from Industry Pros: Before During and After a Conference

Networking is so key to a writer’s career and conferences are a great way to combine networking with craft. Whether you choose to attend more craft-based programming like Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) nationals and regionals, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), and Midwestern Writers Workshop (MWW) or more industry focused conferences like BookExpo America (BEA) and American Library Association (ALA)–most of attendees include publishing professionals and writers for anywhere from […]

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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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