Publishing · The After Girls · Writing

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

Publishing · The After Girls · Writing

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

Publishing · The After Girls

Seeing Your Book for the First Time

So … these arrived. My official ARCs. I have never seen my name on/in a book before. Magazine, yes. Newspaper, yes. Book, no. It’s weird. The box came yesterday, and Thomas and I were trying to figure out what it was. “It must be one of your textbooks,” I said. “I already got all mine,”… Continue reading Seeing Your Book for the First Time

Publishing · The After Girls

Book Deal!!!

I’ve been meaning to announce this for awhile, but between being superstitious/paranoid about telling too early and the little matter of driving across the country, moving into a sublet, and setting to work finding a new apartment, I’ve been a little preoccupied. That said, the contracts are signed, the revisions (which I completed–I kid you… Continue reading Book Deal!!!

Writing

Can TV Watching Be Good for Your Writing?

It’s Saturday morning (pushing afternoon), and I’m sitting on the couch with coffee watching AMC’s Breaking Bad. I have three writing projects I should be currently working on–reworking an article for a news site, completing an edit test for a potential gig in SF, and finishing revisions on my novel–and I am sitting here watching… Continue reading Can TV Watching Be Good for Your Writing?

New York · Reading

Realistic Young Adult Fiction as a Genre

Last night, I headed with my friend to Greenpoint in Brooklyn for an event at Word bookstore as part of Brooklyn Book Festival. On the agenda: a discussion with authors Gayle Forman (If I Stay), Michael Northrop (Trapped), Matt de la Pena (Ball Don’t Lie), and E. Lockhart (Real Live Boyfriends) about writing realistic YA… Continue reading Realistic Young Adult Fiction as a Genre