Tag Archives | Young Adult

Beating the Book Two Blues

I just got my second book into my publisher, which gives me a fresh perspective on that thing that people have written whole tomes on— the second book. The dreaded sophomore panic. Book two blues. It goes by many names, but the feeling is the same. So common is the feeling that there have been whole books dedicated to writing second books, along with many articles all around the internet. But recently I was talking […]

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Introducing . . . AMINAH MAE SAFI!

Helloooo Pub Crawlers! I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest member, author and cat wrangler Aminah Mae Safi! Mae is one of my absolute favorite humans, and I think by the time we get to the end of this introduction, she’ll be one of your favorites, too. I can’t wait to see all the smart and funny articles she writes for Pub Crawl! 1. Since people can (and should!) visit your website — […]

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Working on multiple projects

One of the more difficult adjustments for newly published authors to make — and for established authors, too! — is the need to work on multiple projects at once.  There’s the book you’re promoting, the book you’re editing/proofreading, the book you’re drafting, the book you’re hoping to sell, and . . . sometimes more! (For me, there’s also the book I’m co-writing!) And if you’re published with multiple houses across multiple genres, it can get […]

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Interview With Editor Brian Geffen

Today I have the very great honor of interviewing my editor, Brian Geffen of Philomel Books! Brian bought my upcoming YA Asian fantasy, FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, in a three-book deal last June. It has been wonderful to work with such a brilliant, sharp-eyed editor and he has helped me turn this book into one I’m truly proud of! He kindly agreed to give us a sneak peek into the acquisitions process and answer some great […]

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Characters – then and now

At a book festival this week, I was on a panel about characters and how to develop them. One of the audience members had a fantastic question that was basically: How have your characters (and the way you develop them) changed from your first book to your latest book? I went from the first book I wrote, rather than the first book I published, because the first book I published was actually the seventeenth book […]

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