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What I learned from Pitch Wars last year even though I wasn’t picked as a mentee.

Pitch wars is such an awesome contest! Last year I learned so much from it and I didn’t even make it in. How? Lots of ways. First, I received a few query and/or first page critiques from former mentors and mentees who were offering them on the Pitch Wars feed. The Twitter writing community is so […]

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book recommendations

A shout out to two soon-to-be-released middle grade reads.

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall – Set in the 1960’s, this story dives into the life of Arthur T. Owens, a boy who picks up a brick and throws it at an old trash picker. Instead of sending Arthur to juvie, the judge sentences him to do 120 hours of community service […]

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book recommendations

A Few Great Middle Grade Books for Your TBR List

After I finished patting myself on the back for reaching my 2015 reading goal in June in this post, it occurred to me that a few of my recent reads weren’t getting the “air time” they deserve. So while really enjoyed Cinder by Marissa Meyer and The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater, you don’t need […]

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writer's life

How I Hit My 2015 Reading Goal in June.

2015 was the first year I had a goal for the number of books I wanted to read. In previous years, I read books, but not as many as I would have liked. There were always books that came up in writerly discussions that I felt I should have read, but hadn’t gotten to. I […]

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writer's life

Why Writing Podcasts Are Better Than Broccoli

It’s a happy day when I can curl up in an armchair and get lost in the story of a kick-butt heroine or the little guy taking on the forces of evil. But while I cringe to admit it, I am awful about setting aside precious reading time for books on craft. They are the […]