My grandfather on my mom’s side of the family died when I was in elementary school, and shortly after that his brother, my great uncle Arthur, made a reappearance in our lives. My mom took her father’s death hard, which she showed in the usual manner: by accounting for all of the ways Bob (even […]
If you’ve been querying for awhile, or even if you haven’t, you may have heard the term ‘R&R’ tossed around. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean “rest and relaxation,” at least not where writing is concerned. An R&R in publishing contexts means a “revise and submit.” But what does that even mean? And is it a death […]
I’ve had the honor of sitting on many agent panels, and at nearly every one, the moderator asks, “What will be the next big thing in children/teen books?” Sometimes my colleagues and I offer specific answers — space operas, epic romance, magical realism, bees! — but our answers are as much wishful thinking as they are a response to market […]
You’ve had an idea for a novel. You can’t stop thinking about it. When you talk about it, it gives you goosebumps. You’ve nurtured it with coffee, sweat, tears, and occasionally even blood (papercuts: a hazard of the job). You’ve put your butt in that chair, laboring over the keyboard in the early morning before […]
Choose a day job that benefits your writing career every day As writers, at some point we all have to choose the dreaded day job. For some, that might mean working at a coffee shop or waiting tables, but if you have to work to support your passion, why not chose a day job that […]
Today, I am so pleased to be able to talk about one of the best aspects of publishing: the fact that it can be so close to being a bakery, particularly when we start talking about your options: querying, finding a publisher or even working with a book packager. Bear with me on the bakery […]
Everyone knows it can be hard for new writers to find an agent. I think it’s for this reason that many authors get so caught up in the desire to achieve that “I have an agent” goal that they forget to really think about what they themselves need from an agent. Ultimately, your agent is […]
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