Social Media Tips for Authors: Graphic Resources

Last month, I kicked off this series sharing how I’m using social media to promote my debut book by talking about my social media calendar. I originally envisioned the next post would be about how I use a particular platform, but I realized there’s another important factor to cover first: In this very visual world,…

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My Advance Reading Copies Are Here!

Last weekend, a very exciting milestone occurred: my Advance Reading Copies arrived! If you subscribe to my newsletter (link to do so here!), my February issue included a preview of my unboxing video. I’m so excited to share the completed video here now! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Advance Reading Copies, these…

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TAKE BACK THE BLOCK and a Few Other Books You Should Read

It’s been a while since I jumped into MMGM–and to be fair, not all of these books are middle grade–but the first two are, and I wanted to share them with the marvelous middle grade crowd. You just get a few bonus young adult books as well 😀. TAKE BACK THE BLOCK by Chrystal D. Giles…

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6 Months to Release: All About Research!

It’s Feb. 24, which means today marks six months until the release of YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED! I’ve been counting down the months leading up to release with behind-the-scenes information about the book. In case you missed any of the previous features, they included: 9 Months to Release: Playlist 8 Months to Release: The…

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YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED in 30 Seconds

Hi everyone! A few months ago, my publisher asked me to put together a video describing my book in 30 seconds. It took a few takes, but I was able to get my summary down to just under 40, which anyone who has met me in real life understands is quite a feat. (I sure…

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Social Media Tips for Authors: Make a Social Media Calendar

On my last release countdown post, I asked if anyone had specific behind-the-scenes questions leading up to publication, and I received a question about how I’m using social media to promote my book (thanks for asking, Natalie!). Since I feel like this question is too big for a single post, I’m going to tackle it…

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DRAGONFLY GIRL and A Few Other YA Books You Should Read

I can’t believe it’s already February and I haven’t yet shared a review roundup here on the blog! However, I’ve been reading quite a few ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) for fellow #the21ders, and I plan to feature those books closer to when they release so you can actually get the books and/or request them from…

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7 Months to Release: Your Life Has Been Delayed Watch List

It’s Jan. 24, which means YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED releases in just seven months! Also, in case you missed it, my cover was revealed last week. Actually, even if you didn’t miss it, I just really love looking at it, so I’m going to drop it here again anyway 😍. At nine months out,…

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Interview at Just Another Teen Reading Books!

Today, I’m honored to be included among the 2021 Debut Author Interviews at Just Another Teen Reading Books! Jessica asked me some fun questions about YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED, including my inspiration for writing the book, as well as other fun tidbits like my favorite romantic comedy and anticipated upcoming 2021 releases. You can check…

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YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED Cover Reveal!!

Happy New Year, friends! I’m so thrilled to finally reveal the cover of YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED! The amazing Bloomsbury design team has been hard at work on this cover for a while, and I am so in love with it. 😍😍😍 Thank you to cover artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell and designer Danielle Ceccolini for…

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What I Read in 2020

I read 99 books in 2020. With my own book coming out in 2021, I made a concerted effort to seek out and support 2020 debuts. Some of these were also fellow 2017 PitchWars mentees–bonus! And later in the year, I added another goal: I sought out books by Black authors for both myself and my kids….

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My Favorite Reads of 2020

I read so many fantastic books in 2020, it’s really hard to narrow down favorites. As I was reading back through my reviews from the year to decide, one of my major determining factors was the book’s unputtdownable factor (I guess that’s not a word, but oh well). So you’ll see how quickly I read…

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