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EGO is not for editing

I’ve seen a lot of authors struggle for years to get their books out into the world, and something that many of them have in common, is the unwillingness to accept critiques. There are a million reasons under the sun to keep something in your story the way you want to keep it, but when […]
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Mad Drafting Skillz: Part I – Pre Writing, Characters

So, at the Storymakers Conference last year (link here), I taught a (packed) class on MAD DRAFTING SKILLZ, because I’m a dork who can’t even give her official class a normal name. It was a LOT of information to digest in an hour long class, so I’m going to break it down here for funsies […]
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Learn. Propel.

(This is a re-post from http://www.jolenebperry.com) I use LEARN and PROPEL a LOT – especially when I’m revising. After working through agent notes on one MS, and my first beta reader notes on another, I find myself going back to the basics. When a writer shifts something near the beginning of their MS, especially when […]
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Introduction of THE FEAR LIST

Because this is release week, I feel okay about flooding my blog a bit 😉 *language warning for you tender-eyed souls* This is the scene where the fear list is brought up. Hailey has just puked on Kyle’s shoes, and he’s giving her a ride home… “Your voice is nice,” Hailey said. “Low but not […]
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#CharactersWelcome – author Courtney Stevens

HOW WE MET: I met Courtney before either of us were agented – 2010? 2011? We’d both entered in a one-sentence pitch contest, and I begged her to let me read her submission. It was fab. (ME AND COURT AT SCBWI 2012 – SHE NO LONGER HAS THAT HAIR, AND I NO LONGER HAVE THAT EXTRA […]
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The Year in Books and Writing and STUFFS

READING, WRITING, INSPIRATION, LIFE: Reading I read some seriously amazing books this past year, and because I joined a local book club filled with smart women who read smart books, I expanded outside of YA more than I have in a while. GO ME! FAV READS OF 2015 (you should read these books): Speculative YA: Bone […]
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ALLLLL me

I wonder how many of my posts should start with, “I was having this conversation with (INSERT NAME HERE) the other day, which got me to thinking… And most times, the same few names would be inserted. So, anyway. I was having this conversation about novels with a friend, and Has to be Love came up. I really alienated […]
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OCTOBER!!

First thing: Tonight (October 28th) I’ll be teaching at the Eagle River/Chugiak Public LIbrary – It’s really a class on HOW I GET THE WORDS DOWN. How to start, work on, and FINISH, a book. Starts at 6:30! So. I spent a chunk of time over several days setting up a newsletter, offering a big promo […]
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5 Things – HAS TO BE LOVE

I’m more nervous for HAS TO BE LOVE to be out in the world than I’ve been for a book release in a long while. This is for a few reasons, the first of which, is that I put a lot of myself into this book, and I’m not something everyone is going to understand… So. […]
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BRANDING AND SELF PROMOTION (which I will always suck at)

I’m a huge lover of Instagram. I’d be surprised if it led to book sales, but yanno. I love it. Just like if all of my twitter followers bought my books, I’d be on the NYT, lol. (OK, maybe not, but I’d be closer). I just read this interesting article on how to make sure […]
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