Julie’s Five Minutes of Zen

Thursday, July 19, 2018

I am the queen of low expectations. Especially in publishing. But I’m also a believer in setting your intentions, because the universe is listening to what you put into it, and is ready to give it back to you.   Did I expect my book to hit the New York Times bestseller list? No. I knew early on The Ones We Choose wasn’t going to get the kind of push…

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Hidden Gems in The Ones We Choose

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I don’t have very many hidden Easter eggs in my book…aside from locations that Angelinos might recognize — Pitfire Pizza is a real restaurant on Venice Blvd, Annesley College where Paige works is located where Pepperdine University resides, although I completely rewrote the architecture and overall vibe to match my own University of the Pacific in Stockton (Pepperdine architecture is much more modern than the brick and ivy buildings I…

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Women Get the Job Done

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The other day I sent the following text to a good friend: I have to write a post about publishing as a woman and I really don’t know what to say that hasn’t been said a thousand times already. “Fewer review opportunities” blah blah “80 cents to the dollar” blah blah. Truth is…I’m surrounded by incredible women in publishing. My agent is a woman. My editor, marketing team, and publicist…all…

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Interview with Editorial Assistant Sara Quaranta

Thursday, June 28, 2018

I’m so excited to introduce you to the amazing Sara Quaranta, who is the editorial assistant to my editor, the indomitable Lauren McKenna. In case you don’t already know this…editorial assistants are the ones who literally keep the publishing world running smoothly. Sara is a magician when it comes to editing, but she’s also got her hand in everything else, from coordinating with the art department and sales and marketing…

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Making Friends With Failure

Thursday, June 14, 2018

This week we’re talking about failure. Any writer will tell you that this career is filled with it. We all have hundreds of rejections- from publications that don’t want our short stories, from agents who don’t want to represent us, from editors who don’t want to buy our books, from readers who didn’t like our book. Each one feels like a sharp stick to the gut. That flash of adrenaline…

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The Benefits of Being a Deb

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Graphic By: Lara Lillibridge My cohorts have already stolen all my answers for why being a Deb is such a great experience. Ah, the drawbacks for posting on Thursdays or Fridays. But I will push forward nonetheless.   Reasons Why You Want to Apply for the 2019 Deb Class:   -You will push yourself to write every week. Now, in the “discipline” category, I’ve never really struggled. I write every…

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Upcoming Authors I Can’t Wait to Tell You About

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Instead of raving about already-established authors, I thought I’d use this platform to promote some of my favorite upcoming and aspiring authors. People I’ve met along the way who have a wicked talent that hasn’t yet hit the bookshelves.   First up is Amy Mason Doan, who is also my partner at a couple book events this summer (here and here). Her debut, THE SUMMER LIST, is a gorgeous book…

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Google is a Writer’s Best Friend

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I love tech-y things. I love my iPhone, adore my iPad, and absolutely love my Macbook. Can you tell that I’m an iPerson? I’ve been one since I was a kid, when my dad bought my brother and sisters a few shares of stock in this new company called “Apple”. Haha, isn’t that a clever name?   Anyways. Aside from my heavy reliance on Scrivener, I’d actually say the biggest…

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Reviews: No Lifeguard on Duty, Read at Your Own Risk

Thursday, May 17, 2018

As soon as your book goes up on NetGalley, as soon as your publicist starts mailing out ARCs, you begin thinking about reader reviews. Will people love it? Hate it? Ignore it completely? Online author’s groups have multiple posts per day discussing reader reviews…celebrating the good ones, bemoaning the bad or unfair ones. But does any of it actually impact a book’s success? I decided to ask my editor what…

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The Ones We Choose: Available NOW

Thursday, May 10, 2018

So, I don’t really know what to write this week, other than to say my release day was a perfect culmination of many years of hard work. I was able to interact with a lot of readers across many different platforms. The response to The Ones We Choose has been overwhelmingly positive, which, as a debut author, gives me confidence to push forward and keep writing. My editor sent me…

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