Do Your Research & Trust Your Gut: The Call

Friday, March 16, 2018

This week on the blog we’re talking about the infamous call. When I first started querying, I went down the rabbit hole with stories of The Call. I’m a researcher by nature, and I wanted to be as informed as possible if/when the phone ever rang. I’ve now spoken to three different agents about my work (one for an R&R and two offers), and I’m here to tell you that…


Establishing a Relationship with Your Local Bookstore with 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.             One of the things that authors daydream about most when it comes to their book is seeing it on the shelf of a bookstore. But bookstores can be unknown, scary beasts…

Saturday, March 10, 2018

My Deadline Is My BFF

Friday, March 9, 2018

I am nothing without a deadline. As a person who’s highly motivated by winning (particularly winning the un-winnable– I’m looking at you, Sims Franchise), I will do just about anything to meet a deadline, except turning in an inferior product. Back when I first started writing novels, before I had an agent; before I had a book deal; before I really knew anything at all about the industry, I gave…


The Dreaded Edit Letter

Friday, March 2, 2018

I remember the first time that I got beta reader feedback for The Diminished I was absolutely gutted. I had given this reader the absolute best story I could manage and they poked it full of holes. But then someone told me something that’s really stuck with me. The moment you send your book out into the world, it is no longer yours. It belongs to the reader. And as such, the…


A Little Help From Our Friends

Friday, February 23, 2018

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…


The Queen of Hearts is HERE!!!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

First of all, can we talk about this cover? I love it with my whole heart. *wink* I have always been a huge fan of medical dramas both on screen and on the page, so THE QUEEN OF HEARTS was an easy sell for me. Sharp, funny, and charming, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS is everything that I wanted and more! Zadie and Emma are the kinds of characters we can…


On Demands and Self-Care

Friday, February 9, 2018

I’ve written a little bit about my… erhm… contentious relationship with my body and health over the last two years, but I haven’t talked a lot about how the pain I deal with has had a positive impact on my life. I have never been one to slow down. I am ambitious to my very marrow, and if I set my mind to doing something by a certain day or…


Kaitlyn Loved Querying

Friday, February 2, 2018

Look, I never said I was normal, okay? But I LOVED the querying process. Not writing my query letter, mind you, but the process of querying. Since the other debutantes have done such a good job covering the how-tos and the whys of the query process, I thought I might dive in and tell you how I learned to love it. First up, you have to believe in your book….


On Listening

This isn’t about me. As I’ve considered all the ways I can approach this week’s discussion topic and the ethics of writing marginalized characters I’ve found that my instinct is to frame my post around myself: my experience, my marginalizations, my book. Me, me, me. And that’s one of the ways I’m part of the problem. Publishing, like so many industries, is dominated by white people. And as people are…

Friday, January 26, 2018

Interview + Giveaway with Sarah Cannon, Author of Oddity

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Kaitlyn has had the great privilege of getting to know Sarah over the last year and is absolutely enamored with her wonderful middle grade novel, Oddity. Sarah Cannon has lived all over the U.S., but right now she calls Indiana home. She has a husband, three kids and a misguided dog. Sarah holds a B.S. in Education. She’s a nerdy knitting gardener who drinks a lot of coffee, and eats a lot of raspberries. She is probably…