Gearing Up To Get An Agent Meet and Greet

If you’re looking for my Marvelous Middle Grade Monday review for today, scroll down and read about SEEING CINDERELLA. If, however, you’re here as part of the GUTGAA Meet and Greet, welcome! The rules call for a mini bio, so here goes. I spent 10 years as a PR manager promoting everything from forklift rodeos…

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MMGM: SEEING CINDERELLA

A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner on Deb Marshall’s blog. The prize? SEEING CINDERELLA by Jenny Lundquist. Deb’s review got me excited about the book, and I’m so pleased to feature it as this week’s MMGM. Several of you noticed Deb and I featured the same book last week. Since she’s already…

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Sometimes I Wish I Had A Pattern to Follow

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about how much I hate writing first drafts. That hasn’t changed. I’m two-thirds of the way through this first draft, and it’s torture. I know I’ll have to cut a lot of what I’ve written, and that drives me crazy. I’m the kind of person who wants it…

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MMGM: CIRCLE OF SECRETS

A few weeks ago a middle grade author stopped by my blog to comment on one of my MMGM posts. Since I was down to one MG novel in my TBR pile, I picked hers up. So thanks to networking through social media, today’s MMGM is about CIRCLE OF SECRETS by Kimberley Griffiths Little, who…

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How Writing Is Like A Black Belt Test

I’m in the midst of a new project, and the main character is a 12-year-old girl about to take her black belt test. Earlier this week I got to the scene in the book where this momentous event takes place. Since the most martial arts I’ve done is a self-defense class, I turned to an…

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MMGM: SAMMY KEYES AND THE HOTEL THIEF

Back when I was researching agents for CAVEBOY, I came across a book called SAMMY KEYES AND THE NIGHT OF SKULLS by Wendelin Van Draanen. As I was reading I got the distinct feeling I’d jumped into the middle of a series. Well, it turns out I’d picked up book fourteen! I enjoyed it enough…

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Homicidal Fairies and Other WriteOnCon Lessons

I spent the last two days glued to WriteOnCon, plus several days before in the forums critiquing and posting. If you are a writer and don’t know about WriteOnCon–particularly if you write for kids or teens–head over there now! The conference was online, and everything remains posted forever. Thank you to all of the published…

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MMGM: THE WESTING GAME

Some of you may be surprised to learn that until I read this post by agent Suzie Townsend on Claire LeGrand’s blog a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of THE WESTING GAME. When I mentioned it to my husband, he said that, like Suzie, he read THE WESTING GAME in school. At that point,…

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YA Series Recommendation: Kiersten White’s PARANORMALCY Trilogy

Like many others out there, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the final installment in the PARANORMALCY trilogy by Kiersten White. Since I prefer paperbacks (they’re not so heavy!), I was waiting quite impatiently in the hold line at the library for ENDLESSLY. Then a fairy godmother appeared in the form of Shannon Messenger, who hosted #StealShannonsBooks…

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The First Draft Blues

I hate writing first drafts. I see other writers out there talking about how much they hate revising and think, “How could you hate revising? It’s so much fun!” Not kidding. I love to revise. It doesn’t matter if it’s my work or someone else’s. An unpolished piece of writing is like a big puzzle….

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MMGM: THREE TIMES LUCKY

I love getting recommendations from other writers. In this case, Krista Van Dolzer saw one of my MMGM tweets and said I should cover THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage. I immediately requested it from the library, and it was waiting for me when I returned from the cruise. (Krista also did a review. Go…

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How Do You Feel About Spoilers?

Like much of the world, I’ve been glued to my TV this week watching the Olympics. I made it through Monday without seeing any spoilers about the men’s gymnastics team finals, but every day since I’ve seen some kind of spoiler. I still watched in the evening, but it marred the experience already knowing the…

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