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Measuring Up as a Writer

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Measuring Up as a Writer

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt I heard this recently and found myself nodding vigorously in agreement. I was remembering back before I got published when I subscribed to Publisher’s Lunch, where I would receive in my In Box news of new acquisitions along with the type of deal it was (using ranges for the size of the advance). I’d also hear about which books had sold tons of foreign rights, film rights, etc. Every time I read of a new deal, I felt that much more inadequate. It didn’t...

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Eyes on the Prize…Always

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Eyes on the Prize…Always

October is royalty month for some publishers (along with April). When my first book was published and had earned out its advance before it was even released due to sub-rights sales, I loved royalty month. It meant getting a check for which I’d already done the work. How cool was that? But after other books were published and sales were only okay, those months became an exercise in feeling bad. I dreaded opening the big envelope from my agent. I’d feel a knot in my stomach as I looked at the numbers and have thoughts like...

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Karaoke and Creativity

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 1 comment

Karaoke and Creativity

Last Saturday night I went out to celebrate my baby sister’s birthday. Because she’s 17 years younger than me (hence, the “baby” in “baby sister”), the festivities started at 8 (remember those days, any of you who are 45+? College parties started at 9 or later. Whoa.). We met at El Charrito Bar in downtown Denver, known for some serious karaoke and then they were going to another bar for dancing (I had to pass on part 2, much as I love to shake my bootie.) I had been out late the night before at a Tom...

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2014 SCBWI LA Conf – Fantasy Tips

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

2014 SCBWI LA Conf – Fantasy Tips

I wrote a little bit about the conference on my critique group’s blog–the wild writers. There I focused mostly on YA and New Adult. Here I’d like to share some thoughts from the two intensives I attended. The morning session was with Executive Editor Krista Marino (Delacorte Press/Random House) on world building. She asked us to send a brief paragraph about our world and any rules of magic which I had to come up with on the spot since I only had five pages written  :-). First we went through 10 elements to know about our...

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Feedback Feast: Notes from my Agent

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Feedback Feast: Notes from my Agent

As promised, this week I want to share some thoughts after a conversation with my agent regarding those 24 pages of comments on my young adult novel, FADE AWAY. I’ll highlight a few things here and will offer additional, more general tips through my Blab-o-Tips Novels e-newsletter. Breaking Out, Setting Free One of the things that continues to amaze and amuse me is how I become so used to a particular story angle that it doesn’t occur to me to change it, even when I find myself writing around it and forcing things to work because...

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