On January 2nd, 2018, my first novel hit the shelves. Though my debut year was barely beginning, the biggest moment in it — publication — had already come and gone, leaving 364 days of that year still stretched out before me. So… now what? Of course, there’s still plenty to do after a book is […]
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One of my favorite sentiments in the world is that it’s never too late. It’s never too late to try learning a new language, or putting more effort into a relationship, or yes, to start writing. But I think it’s just as important to remember — at least, when it comes to writing — it’s […]
Hooray! You’ve sold a book. Maybe it’s your first. Maybe it’s your 17th (if you’re Jane Yolen, it’s your 365th). Congratulations! Now it’s time to start planning events at bookstores. So how do you go about doing that? Step 1: Find a Bookstore This may seem obvious. But before you can begin planning your […]
Being a debut author is an incredible experience. It’s also a terrifying one. You will probably feel a lot of feelings over the handful of months before and after your release date, such as joy, disappointment, frustration, and excitement. There will be times you’ll read an email full of good news and feel like you’re […]
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This post will go live 5 minutes before the session begins. To ask a question, leave a comment below! Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in […]
When your first book debuted, maybe you did a little marketing or maybe a lot. Perhaps your publisher pushed your book all the way to the bestseller lists, or perhaps yours was a little further down the priority ladder. But after that first book has been out for a while, the glow begins to fade […]