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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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Writing the Hook: Summing Your Book Up Quick and Why It’s Important

As an agent with a large social circle of writerly friends, I often find myself in that awkward position of helping pals polish up their query letters. I don’t mind. Chances are, if you work in publishing, you’ve been here. It’s the sort of thing I’ve been doing since college, when I was the English major stuck reviewing essays for friends. I’ve come to accept this as simply the next stage in my English major […]

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Random writerly advice

I spent all day writing my book and none of the day working on this post, so now I’m doing it at the last minute. (Ooops.) So, here’s some random writerly advice. 1. Take your time.  I know that’s eye-roll worthy, since I just said I’m doing this at the last minute, but I do mean it. Take your time. Enjoy the process. Revel in your book. Publishing seems like it’s all rush rush rush, and […]

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Focusing

Lately, I’ve been a highly distracted ferret creature when I’m supposed to be writing. I’ve got deadlines coming out of my ears right now, so I really need to focus and get my work done. But how?? I’m a firm believer in needing to be able to write wherever, whenever. When writing professionally, there’s no waiting for the mood to strike. Deadlines don’t care about moods. No, for me, it’s about forcing myself to focus. […]

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The weight of time (in your book)

Here’s something I do in my first drafts a lot, and always have to trim out in my revisions. I bet I’m not alone. I often find myself writing out the mundane actions of how to sleep or get out of bed. Why? I don’t know. It’s not like my readers don’t know how to get out of bed. First you sit up, then you whine about the sunlight, then you swing your feet over […]

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