What Do We Want? Success! When Do We Want It? Now!

Friday, July 20, 2018

I had the great good fortune to meet a group of wonderful veteran YA authors about a year before my book came out, and their greatest advice to me was to manage my expectations. Very few people hit the NYT list, and those that do get there because of publisher buy-in and enormous marketing campaigns, a thing The Diminished was never going to have. My friends told me to set reasonable goals,…


Breadcrumbs in The Diminished

Friday, July 13, 2018

I didn’t think much about Easter eggs when I was writing The Diminished. So much of my focus was on making something new, something fresh, that everything I did, every choice I made, was in pursuit of writing something that no one had seen before. That said, when I went back and edited the book, I wanted to leave a few things behind. Though it doesn’t exist on the page, there…


Taking Up Space

I am, by nature, a people pleaser. I think it’s a trait that a lot of women struggle with, whether they learned it or, like me, came with it. Being a people pleaser wasn’t taught to me. In fact, my parents actively discouraged this trait, and yet, at my core, my driving force is to please others. It’s a trait that makes it harder to be a woman in publishing, and…

Friday, July 6, 2018

Interview with Ashley Poston, author of Geekarella and Heart of Iron

Today I’m thrilled to bring you one of my dearest friends and favorite authors, the absolutely fabulous Ashley Poston. I fell deeply in love with Ashley’s writing while reading GEEKERELLA, and when we ended up sharing a hotel room with some mutual friends at a conference last fall, we fell into insta-BFF status. I love this interview with her, and I know you’ll love her books. Buy her two most…

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Interview with Bookseller Nicole Brinkley

Friday, June 29, 2018

Today we are so excited to bring you all an interview with bookseller and extraordinary human, Nicole Brinkley.     Nicole Brinkley has short hair and loves dragons. The rest changes without notice. She is an independent bookseller and the founder of YA Interrobang. Follow her on Twitter: @nebrinkley. Learn from her on Patreon.           1. What trends/tropes/genres are you and your colleagues most excited to see right…


Grimdark Perfection

Friday, June 22, 2018

Since November 6, 2016, I’ve been vibing with Cassandra of Troy. I remember sitting outside on my parents’ porch with my mom and my sister around Christmas after the election and telling them that I felt like we had entered the darkest timeline. I remember telling them that I was afraid for the future of human rights, of the country as a whole, and that I was afraid that we…


Failure and Self Worth

I got fired last week. I keep writing and saying that sentence, trying to make it feel more… something. Real, I guess? I’ve never been fired before, and I’ve certainly never felt less than extremely valued at a job that I was demonstrably (numbers don’t lie, y’all) good at. I guess I’m lucky that this is the first time? Either way, it sucks to be fired, and failure has its…

Friday, June 15, 2018

Interview with Nisha Sharma, author of MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Nisha Sharma grew up immersed in Bollywood movies, ’80s pop culture, and romance novels, so it is no surprise that her first novel, My So-Called Bollywood Life, features all three. Nisha lives in New Jersey with her cat, Lizzie Bennett, and her dog, Nancey Drew. You can find her online at nisha-sharma.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @nishawrites.             Winnie Mehta was never really…


Practice Makes Perfect

Friday, June 8, 2018

I felt and hoped for a lot of the same things that the other debs have talked about this week when considering applying to be a Deb. I wanted community and kinship and a small group of people to whom I could turn when publishing got hard. And also, I wanted to commit to a practice. I have always kind of hated blogging, to be honest, but I love writing,…


YA Fangirl Alert

This week the Debs and I are talking about authors we fangirl over. I’d like to highlight some of my favorite YA authors, some folks you may or may not have heard of.   Julia Ember, author of Unicorn Tracks, The Seafarer’s Kiss, and The Tiger’s Watch. I love jumping into Julia’s worlds. They are so fully imagined and diverse and infinitely swoony. Highly recommend. I am absolutely in love with Ersel from The…

Friday, June 1, 2018