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Resources for Rejection

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Here is the simple truth: unless you write only for yourself, and have no interest in seeking publication in any form, you will experience rejection. In the life of a writer there are infinite opportunities for someone to not choose your work. You can be rejected by institutions that offer grants, fellowships, conferences, and MFA…
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News Flash–Writing and Reviewing Edition

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  Congratulations to Letty Blanchard, winner of ISLAND OF WORTHY BOYS by Connie Mayo! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway– From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller received her first Goodreads review! She is thrilled (and terrified) that her book is taking baby steps into the wider world in the form…
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News Flash–Snowmageddon Edition

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  Congratulations to Kate Pearson, winner of BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY BY Kate Racculia! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Heidi Durrow!   From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller turned in her final edits, along with her dedication and acknowledgments this week. There was celebration…
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When Not to Query

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A funny thing happens when you finish your manuscript and you are ready to begin your search for representation. Suddenly you are required to make the giant leap from artist to businessperson–someone who can write a sharp query letter and pitch their work with ease. When I entered this phase of my writing career, I…
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Interview with Kate Racculia, author of BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY + GIVEAWAY

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Kate Racculia is one of my favorite authors, teachers, mentors and friends. Her 2nd novel, BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY, is a 2015 ALA/YALSA Alex Award winner. Here is her description of the novel: My second book, Bellweather Rhapsody, is a genre-bendy mystery about teenagers and talent, music and murder, and a great big nostalgic love letter to Agatha…
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On Being Edited for the First Time

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After the thrill of selling your novel has died down, the next big step on your publishing path is receiving your editorial letter and manuscript notes. Here is what that experience was like for me. My letter and edited manuscript arrived via email when I was traveling, and they fedexed me a hardcopy overnight. We…
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Louise’s Writing Resolutions

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I love New Years resolutions. That time in between the rush of Christmas and the New Year is the perfect time to reflect and to make plans. 2015 was a thrilling year I won’t forget. I signed with my agent in January, sold THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (and a second book!) in…
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Louise’s Favorite Debuts of 2015

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This week we are sharing some of our favorite books that we have read over the past year. My top three have something in common—they are all debuts! I have a soft spot for author’s first novels, and always go out of my way to read them. These are the stories the writers couldn’t let…
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