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New York Trip Part Two: Book Expo America (with lots of pics!)

Since my return from New York, I have of course been way behind on everything, but I am belatedly getting to one of my favorite events there–Book Expo America (BEA). Let’s be clear–I have never been to a book event of this magnitude before. It’s thousands of square feet at Javits of … BOOKS. Yes,… Continue reading New York Trip Part Two: Book Expo America (with lots of pics!)

The After Girls · Writing

How my writing process completely changed, a new piece for Distraction 99

Yesterday, I did a post on Nova Ren Suma’s blog, Distraction 99. Nova is an inspiring YA author who I met several years ago in New York, and I was excited to have a chance to guest post for her. As part of her regular series, she asked me to talk about my “turning point”… Continue reading How my writing process completely changed, a new piece for Distraction 99

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The After Girls is officially out! A little on how it all began

So The After Girls is out today. I could talk about how nervous I am, but I already did that to excess yesterday. So I thought I’d share a little on how I got from an idea to a book that’s out in the world and that I really hope you all love. Around three… Continue reading The After Girls is officially out! A little on how it all began

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The day before my first book release, as told through GIFs

The After Girls is comes out tomorrow. When I think about how lucky I am to be able to share my work with the world… When I read a good review… When I read a bad review … When I think about book sales and exposure and all those other measures of writer “success” …… Continue reading The day before my first book release, as told through GIFs

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My advice for up-and-coming writers in Sadie magazine

Happy Saturday! I’m excited to share a little piece I did for Sadie magazine, a very cool online pub for young women. Sadie asked me to share tips and tricks for breaking into writing/publishing, culled from my experiences getting my first book published. Here are a few: 1. Stop stressing about how to get published… Continue reading My advice for up-and-coming writers in Sadie magazine

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Author copies of The After Girls are here!

They’re here! Delivered in two big boxes! With my name all over! It’s definitely all very surreal. And when I open one up, it looks and feels like a real book. And it is. I don’t really have much to say except for, wahoo! Oh, and I have a lot. So expect a giveaway in… Continue reading Author copies of The After Girls are here!

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Getting that first bit of press for your novel

So about a week ago, I got two mentions in Publisher’s Weekly (a clip from one of which is above). One was just an announcement of upcoming titles from different publishers and the other more of an in-depth feature about Merit Press, the new imprint of Adams Media that is publishing THE AFTER GIRLS (headed… Continue reading Getting that first bit of press for your novel

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Parking spots and book deals

I was parking on Friday in my neighborhood and marveled at how I always seem to get a spot without much searching. And yet on the street where I park there is almost always only one spot left. Do I just have good parking luck? I don’t think so. It’s just that when I park… Continue reading Parking spots and book deals