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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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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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