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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My Author Copies Are Here! Plus new interviews

Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to share that my author copies have arrived! My editor sent a single copy to me, all wrapped up with a special note last Thursday, and then the full box arrived on Friday. I can’t wait for you all to read the book. It’s available for pre-order now at all…

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EVERYWHERE BLUE and a Few Other MG Books You Should Read

Hey, it’s time for another marvelous middle grade roundup! I thought August would never get here, and now it’s really flying by! My book finally comes out next month (yay!), and I’m in the midst of revising my 2022 book (more on that soon!). But here are a few great books I enjoyed over the…

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1 Month to YLHBD Release: Places in the Book

Happy August! In particular, Aug. 7, which is now officially one month until the release of YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED! I hope you’re as excited to read the book as I am to share it with you. Today’s countdown feature is an inside look at some of the places inside the book. YOUR LIFE…

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