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What I wish I could have told myself when I was hopeless about my writing prospects is that I should have defined artistic success in ways that weren’t shaped by forces beyond my control.” – Roxane Gay I highly recommend … Continue reading

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After the discussion exploded on Twitter and Facebook yesterday, I felt I would be remiss if I didn’t include a more in-depth analysis of the issue here. I think there are some who are misunderstanding the complaint of the YA … Continue reading

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I often get asked in interviews or on panels how I got an agent and a book deal. I think this is because of two reasons: 1) a lot of times, the people asking the questions are aspiring writers themselves, … Continue reading

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Agent Suzie Townsend (who represents NA superstar Cora Carmack, among others) recently did a Q&A with several editors and agents about the genre of New Adult. And, despite the best wishes of many aspiring writers and NA fans who wish … Continue reading

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Recently, there’s been a rash of cases where indie writers (a.k.a. self publishers), have been outed as plagiarists. A few months ago, NPR and Fast Company covered a breaking story about rampant plagiarism in the erotica section of the Amazon … Continue reading

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So the publishing world was abuzz yesterday at an announcement of a partnership between Amazon and Alloy Entertainment (packager of YA novels like Gossip Girl and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants) to publish and promote fanfiction. I skimmed the … Continue reading

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So I’ve been very quiet about what I’m up to, lately, and that is in large part because I’m not entirely sure what I’m up to, other than preparing for the release of ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA in October. In … Continue reading

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A few years ago, when the term first cropped up, I wrote a couple of posts about so-called “New Adult” books. At the time, it was a term coined by a couple of editors at St. Martin’s Press who were … Continue reading

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On the YALSA blog, there is a discussion of white washing on the cover of YA novels, and one of the novels mentioned is For Darkness Shows the Stars. There are many inaccuracies in this article (including stating that LIAR … Continue reading

Posted in biz, industry, mea culpa, Oceania, other writers, PAP, responses, SSG, star-swept, writing advice, writing industry, writing life, YA 11 Comments

Thing 1: Q (whose name is not actually Quinn, sorry) and I went to see Ally Condie speak at the Bethesda Library last night. She was remarkably well-behaved throughout Ally’s discussion (in which she TOTALLY name-dropped For Darkness Shows the … Continue reading

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