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Revising With Julie, Part Three: Getting Eyes On Your Work

Hello! I am doing a series that is all about revising books and I hope you’ll check out the other posts. This is the third part of the series, and you can find the first part here and the second part here.   Welcome back! Today I’m going to be talking about how to get eyes on your work. To lead in, I’d like to share some realities of getting published: Your book no longer belongs […]

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Revising With Julie, Part Two: My Process

Hello! I am doing a series that is all about revising books and I hope you’ll check out the other posts. This is the second part of the series, and you can find the first part here.   Today I’m going to be talking about exactly how I revise a book, from the moment I get an editorial letter to “The End.” I’m going to preface this post with the disclaimer I give every single […]

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Revising With Julie, Part One: My Dirty Little Secret

Here’s something most people know about publishing: you keep a lot of secrets. At any given time, an author might be holding on to unannounced film/TV rights, book deal news, tour information, festival appearances . . . the list goes on and on. The reason behind all of this secret-keeping may vary widely, from the film studio not announcing projects until they’re officially in production to timing particular news just right, so they’ll make a […]

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The Edge of Discomfort

Hi everyone! I’m back from the other side of another deadline. I swear there’s some kind of gravitational pull between when I signed up on the posting schedule around here and when my books are due. Life works in mysterious ways. I’m also back with another sports training metaphor. Y’all ready? Okay, good. Let’s go. When you train— and literally this is any kind of athletic pursuit— what you’re often going for is finding a […]

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Cultivating Confidence

I often say that I have confidence for days. I shoot all my shots. I walk like I know where I’m going even if I don’t (which, sometimes, leads to a dead end haha but that’s a story for another day). I’m a queer, Black woman working in a very white homogenous industry. I’ve been burnt out multiple tomes. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety. I’ve had a billion reasons to give up, to not […]

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