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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Science and Love: The Ones We Choose

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

It is with massive excitement that I finally have the chance to review fellow Deb Julie Clark’s debut novel, The Ones We Choose. Julie is the last of us to publish, and having her book on my shelf alongside the others feel like a family reunion … which is a great segue into what her story is about. The great love of Paige Robson’s life is her son, Miles, whom…

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THE ONES WE CHOOSE: Smart Family Drama

Monday, May 7, 2018

I feel like Julie’s book and Lara’s both drove home a similar message for me: You do not owe toxic people a place in your life. It really pleases me to see more fiction preaching that, even as it acknowledges how hard making that choice can be. The Ones We Choose is such a smart family drama. Julie has brilliantly balanced her characters’ emotions with fascinating scientific details. Her main…

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The Dreaded Self-Promotion

Thursday, May 3, 2018

  I don’t know any writer, anywhere, who wakes up in the morning thrilled with the prospect of a day filled with self-promotion. As a group, we tend to prefer dark rooms, pajamas, and oversized coffee mugs filled with wine.   And yet, part of our job is to put on a happy face (and pants) and promote our books. Publishers expect it. Editors and agents demand it. And yet…so…

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Julie’s MFA Program in Books (Favorites in Parentheses)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

  I don’t have an MFA. I have a masters….in education administration. Occasionally, I will wonder if I shouldn’t do some kind of low-residency program, just to see what-all I don’t know. But that sounds depressing, not to mention time-consuming. How many Raymond Carver short stories can a person read in one lifetime? Probably a lot.   As far as I know, they don’t offer MFA degrees in upmarket women’s…

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