What I Read in 2021

Happy New Year’s Eve! I thought long and hard about whether to do my annual favorite reads post this year, and when it came down to it, I just couldn’t choose a top 10. I read way too many fantastic books this year, and the majority of them were by my fellow debut authors. BUT,…

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Publishing Behind the Scenes: Line Edits

Happy December! My latest newsletter is out today, and I’m continuing the series I started last month going behind the scenes of publishing with book edits. Moving on from developmental edits, this month I’m talking line edits! While developmental edits look at the big picture plot, character, and overall changes that need to be made, line…

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NOT HERE TO BE LIKED Plus A Few Other YA Books You Should Read

Happy Thanksgiving week! What are you thankful for this year? My debut group, #the21ders, held our monthly Twitter #debutauthorchat yesterday, and the topic was Gratitude. You can check out the chat here if you’d like to learn about some of the fantastic middle grade and young adult books that debuted in 2021 and what we…

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Publishing Behind the Scenes: Developmental Edits

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have seen my After the Book Deal posts back in 2019. As I have some new followers both here and for my newsletter (which is out today), I’m revisiting the topic of what happens behind the scenes when you’re working with a traditional publisher….

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How NaNoWriMo Shaped My Writing Process

One of the most common questions I receive from readers and at events is about my writing process. I don’t remember exactly when I started writing my first middle grade book, only that I started querying it in 2011. It could have been 2009 or even 2008. The reason I don’t know is that it…

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TOKYO EVER AFTER Plus A Few Other YA Books You Should Read

Happy last week of October! I can’t believe how quickly the month has flown by. I’ve been able to do some more reading lately, and it’s quite a variety. Today’s roundup includes young adult romance, fantasy, paranormal, and suspense. So hopefully something for every reader! TOKYO EVER AFTER by Emiko Jean is one of those…

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What’s Inside Your Life Has Been Delayed

Today marks one month since Your Life Has Been Delayed hit shelves. After the very long wait for the book to come out, I can’t believe how fast the time is passing! To celebrate the book’s one-month birthday, I’ve jumped on the “what’s inside the book” trend and created a graphic highlighting what to expect when you…

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YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED Is Out Today!

Today marks the culmination of a lifelong dream–my debut book is out in the world! There aren’t words to express how thrilled I am to share it with all of you. I have so many people to thank for making this book a reality, and I’m tempted to just paste my Acknowledgments into this blog…

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Your Life Has Been Delayed Launch Week Events!

It’s almost time to celebrate the launch of YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED, and I’m so excited to announce I’ll be in conversation with two amazing authors I greatly admire during launch week! Tuesday, Sept. 7 7 p.m. CDT (Release day!) Join me in person at The Novel Neighbor or on Facebook/YouTube for the official launch of…

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