If you know me at all, you know that I’m a fantasy nut. I can rattle off title after title I’ve enjoyed in speculative fiction. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings, The Dark is Rising, Donita K. Paul, Bryan Davis, Artemis Fowl, Redwall, and, most recently, Children of Blood and Bone… the list … Continue reading Stop Bashing Fantasy: Why YA Fantasy is Essential
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Twenty-two and Published: Interview with YA Author Hope Bolinger
Some people dream their entire life about becoming a published author. Twenty-two-year-old Hope Bolinger has actually done it. Hope received a contract for her YA novel Blaze during her junior year in college. The book will be coming out June 3, 2019, only a week from now and a few weeks after she walked across … Continue reading Twenty-two and Published: Interview with YA Author Hope Bolinger
9 Things I Wish People Knew About Invisible Illnesses
“You gonna stay in bed all day?” “When was the last time you went to the gym?” “Slowpoke.” “We’ll only be standing for a few hours.” You wouldn’t say these things to someone who uses a wheelchair, someone who has an obvious disability. So why is it okay to say these things to someone with … Continue reading 9 Things I Wish People Knew About Invisible Illnesses
5 Things that Need to Disappear from YA Forever
I love young adult fiction, but there are a few aspects that I don't love quite as much.
Five Places Not to Pitch Your Novel
In the quest to get published, here are a few places to avoid pitching your novel.
The Writing Goals Everyone Needs
The New Year's Resolutions you need to succeed! (And actual helpful information after the sarcasm.)
5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Writers
What sort of gifts should you get a writer for Christmas? Here are some suggestions!
Should You Become a Writer?
Why do I write? I’ve asked myself that question recently. Making it in writing is hard—some might say well-nigh impossible. Trying to build a platform is excruciating, grasping for those elusive social media followers. Then there’s the strategizing. Who should I submit to? Should I self-publish? (The answer is no, not unless you have no … Continue reading Should You Become a Writer?
When You Should and Shouldn’t Self-Publish
Self-publishing burst onto the scene like every writer's fairy godmother. But when should - and shouldn't - you use it?
Should White Writers Write Non-White Characters?
Publishers are looking for diversity. But are white writers qualified to write it?