In the summer of 2011, I made a very important decision: I chose not to play fantasy football for the first time in well over a decade… and I started working on my first picture book manuscript. I spent the next two years furiously writing and learning as much as I could about both the […]
Let me start with this — I LOVE using Scrivener. It not only helps me stay organized, it also saves me a ton of time and gives me all kinds of ways to keep track of things in my stories. I get it — it might seem too complicated. You might ask “Is it really […]
Years ago, when I first started writing, I was incredibly disorganized. I used Microsoft Word and even had individual documents for every chapter, plus an outline document, brainstorming document, etc. But that quickly became very cumbersome and occasionally resulted in misplacing bits and pieces of my manuscripts or forgetting which version was the latest and […]
Hi! I’m Jessica Spotswood, YA author and — more importantly for this discussion — the editor of two feminist historical fiction anthologies, A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, & Other Badass Girls (Candlewick, 2016) and The Radical Element (Candlewick, 2018). I might also be secretly working on more. (Shhhh.) When I was first organizing Tyranny back in 2014, I […]
You wrote a book! Congrats! Now to paaaarrrrrrty! I mean, work. Now to work. But it helps to treat this part of your job like a big party, and the great news is, bookstores are full of people who love books and love authors, and they want to make your event as successful and fun […]
The title of this is a bit of a misnomer. Let’s get that out of the way first. There is nothing “easy” about building an anthology or other collaborative project. In fact, many believe that an editor who has put together one and chooses to pursue doing a second project of similar scope really enjoys […]
or Mitigating the Stress and Anticipation and Inertia of Writing No Longer Because You Want To, but Because Now You Have a Contract That Says You Have To. or What to Do With The Empty Spaces, as You Wait For Important Emails Once upon a time, dear children, I wrote a book that didn’t sell. […]
You’ve probably heard this before: if you’ve truly mastered your craft, you can write about almost anything and make it work. Yet even the most accomplished novelists have trouble convincing their agent to champion a story that revolves around familiar tropes. Whether you’re writing in contemporary romance, epic fantasy, YA historical, or another genre, how […]
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