Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day, all! Roberta at Offbeat YA reminded me recently that it’s been a few months since my last Road to Publication update, so here we go. Edits for THE ART OF ESCAPING are officially done, which is kind of terrifying and liberating at the same time. At some point, you have to […]
Like most of you, I’m still reeling from what happened in Charlottesville over the weekend, even though anyone who’s been paying any sort of attention saw this coming. I’m not going to talk about Charlottesville because I’m not sure there’s anything I can say that hasn’t already said better by someone else (in fact, you […]
Time for a Road to Publication update. I just turned in my first round of edits for THE ART OF ESCAPING. For most books, the first and possibly second and third rounds revolve around developmental edits (also sometimes called content edits). Developmental edits address global issues with the plot or characters. Even though you may have to […]
There are few things more delicious than being in a midst of a novel you love working on. You know where you’re going, you’re reasonably confident about where you’ve been, and your characters are starting to feel like old friends. And then there’s the moment you start a new novel, when all you have is […]
Right around the time I sold THE ART OF ESCAPING, I decided to finally let my mom read it. She loved it (because of course—she’s my mom), but her reaction had some interesting layers. First, there was the sad and hilarious I had no idea you were so miserable in high school layer (my response: […]
I didn’t write a post last month because I’ve been saving a delicious little tidbit of news. After much ado, handwringing, and more rounds of revisions than I care to count…MY BOOK SOLD! Cue wide-eyed expression of awe. Now that it’s officially official, I’m so thrilled to announce that my rockstar agent Jennifer Chen Tran […]
Happy New Year, writer-peeps! Let us all do a dance of raucous joy for two reasons. 1) The shitstorm that was 2016 is behind us. 2) I have successfully completed a first draft of my angry, political, not-so-alternate near-future novel. It’s messy as hell right now but I feel pretty confident that it doesn’t suck.