Charlotte’s Web Has Become a Glass Half Full

The first novel we ever read to our boys, who where four years old at the time, was Charlotte’s Web. They loved it, we bought each boy a copy of the book to save to read to their own children, and we’ve gone on to read so may amazing stories together. Now, five years later, those same boys groan at […]

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The Fun in Taking Your Book Launch Virtual

Way back in the Dark Ages before social media gave us Facebook, Twitter, and the ability to blog, writers would celebrate their book publications with big signings or launch parties involving food and libations. We can still do that—and often do—but thanks to the current state of social media we can party in a bigger way… a virtual way. I’m […]

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Happy Pub Day!

My crazy/busy/fun summer hit’s its zenith today: Writing New Adult Fiction officially releases today! I’m always urging writers to celebrate their milestones, and now I’m taking my own advice. Tomorrow, a night out—probably involving root beer floats—with my four fellas. For everyone else, a week of “Free Partial Edit” giveaways and a grand finale “Free Full Manuscript Edit” giveaway during […]

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It’s a book!

I came home from the SCBWI summer conference to find advance copies of my new book, Writing New Adult Fiction. It’s a book! Huzzah! It’s a couple of weeks yet till the official pub date of August 21, but some people have already contacted me to say they’ve pre-ordered it. Exciting! Now that the conference is over, I’m finalizing the […]

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Busy Summer

The next few months offer several opportunities to hone your writing with me, should you be so inclined. There are a couple still in the works; I’ll post those details when they’re finalized. Hope to see you! Aug 1-4, Los Angeles – SCBWI 43rd Annual Summer Conference “Market Report” Keynote 1-hr breakout “New Adult Fiction for the Young Adult Writer” […]

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Little Girls Dreaming Big

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a nice person, always have been. But as a girl growing up in the 1970s, the insides of this nice girl churned with anger. I was very conscious of the limitations society put on me as a girl, as I was also conscious of the struggle for gender equality raging around me. […]

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The Power of Audio

I forgot to put my three nine-year-olds to bed tonight. They were listening quietly to the audiobook version of Rick Riordan’s The Son of Neptune after dinner, and I’d seized the break in household chaos to do some work. I knew they’d continue being very quiet while listening, as they are easily mesmerized by audiobooks, and Riordan’s various mythology-based series […]

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Review Week 2014 – Great stories, great advice

Every spring on my writer’s advice website DearEditor.com, I host prolific authors for a week of revision tips, insights, and stories from the trenches. I call it Revision Week, and it’s truly a labor of love. Last week was the third annual installment. You can read those interviews (as well as past years’) here. There are so many great insights, […]

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A New Interview!

“Saying NA fiction is just YA with sex is akin to saying YA fiction is just stories of high school romance.” I get talk New Adult fiction as well as Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction this week in an interview with Lee Wind. As SCBWI’s blogger extraordinaire, Lee is posting a series of interviews with faculty members of the […]

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A Good Kind of Busy

Launching a book can take as much time and effort as writing it. This can easily frustrate or overwhelm a writer. I understand that reaction, but because of my long time in this business, I’ve come to view that work as a gift. You see, when I got my first job in children’s book publishing in 1995, the internet was […]

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Growing Up: Hard on the Teeth But Good for the Heart

Growing up isn’t always what we expect it’ll be. One of my dear nine-year-olds got his first dental appliance (a retainer) yesterday and came fully undone. The poor thing is going to starve to death because he can’t eat, he’ll have to talk in sign language because he can’t speak…. I get it. There’s this THING in his mouth, mucking […]

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Picture Books to the Rescue

My nine-year-old son feels he can’t draw well enough for book reports, so he’s been using PowerPoint to create the visuals for them. He’s so proud, sitting there with that final report in his hand and big grin on his face. His teacher has been wonderfully supportive about his seeking an avenue of artistic expression that empowers him rather than […]

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Raising a Loving Heart

The day I found out that I was going to have three sons, my friend found out she was going to have a son, too. She looked at me with such an awed expression, pointing out that we were getting our chance to raise men who could be amazing husbands and fathers. I’ve carried that sentiment around with me consciously […]

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Wizardry Is a Hazardous Endeavor

Last night there was a fierce battle in our home. My young Harry Potter versus a throng of invisible Death Eaters. It was grand, and there would be injuries on both sides. In the process of casting one mighty spell, young Harry wanded himself in the eye. Lacking quick access to Madam Pomfrey and also suffering the ancillary injury of […]

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Dress Like Your Fav Book Character Day

Two photos from Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day at school. With two Harrys and a Neville, it looks like a scene from The Deathly Hallows, doesn’t it? Have a happy Friday!  

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