A Little Help From Our Friends

Sorry for the short post this week, y’all, but I’ve got the flu and my main support systems right now are Tamiflu, NyQuil, and an abundance of water and sleep.

But in all seriousness, one of the best things I did in the year before my debut was to get out into the world and get to know people who’ve been doing this job for a while. I watched seasoned writers and their responses to the ups and downs of publishing and got to know what was normal and what wasn’t. Which things I should freak out about and which things were beyond my control (most of it).

This job is so solitary and without a community of people who know what they’re about, it’s really easy to get inside your head with every twist and turn of the endless road of surprises that is publishing. So, to that end, my best advice when looking for support, is to find yourself a community of genuine friends who know more than you know and watch how they move through their careers.

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Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson grew up with her nose in a book outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After completing her M.F.A., she moved to South Korea, where she taught English and started writing her debut novel. THE DIMINISHED will be published by HarlequinTEEN in April 2018, followed by its sequel in 2019. When she's not staring off into space and trying to untangle some particularly troublesome plot point, she can be found in her kitchen, perfecting the most difficult recipe she can find; or at the barn, where she rides and trains dressage horses; or with her husband, spoiling their sweet rescue dogs.

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