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So yesterday, Publisher’s Weekly released this article about a YA debut that got picked up by a major publishing house at a striking six-figure price tag. But after reading the article, the YA author/reader community found the debut author’s commentary … Continue reading

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I was tagged in the Next Big Thing Tour by Emily Lloyd-Jones, author of ILLUSIVE, which is about a kick-ass group of high-class thieves with super powers embroiled in a deadly race against the government for the vaccine that gave … Continue reading

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I just wanted to give my loyal followers a quick heads-up that I’ll be moving a lot of stuff around on my site, switching to a new URL (mesummer.com), and generally just prettifying the joint. I am definitely not what … Continue reading

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Sound the trumpets! Ring the bells! Shout hallelujahs from the hilltops! I have a book deal. You read that right! Delacorte (an imprint of Random House) has offered me a contract on my first two YA novels: CATCH MY GRIFT, … Continue reading

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It’s official! My manuscript CATCH MY GRIFT is now out on submission. My agent sent it out earlier this week, and it’s currently perusing health magazines in the inboxes of twelve (twelve!) acquisitions editors. I am continually gobsmacked by this. … Continue reading

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It’s happened to me twice now. I’ve gone to a bookstore or some kind person on the Internet has informed me that there is another book with a premise exactly like mine that has ALREADY BEEN PUBLISHED. *Cue wailing, rending … Continue reading

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The adage goes, “if you write, then you’re a writer.” A seemingly simple message with a profound undercurrent. You don’t have to do anything special to be a writer, but you do have to write, and sometimes that can be … Continue reading

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I read in Writer’s Digest’s latest issue an interview with Sarah Dessen, YA author of—count ‘em—TEN books now. One of the interview questions that particularly piqued my interest was “why do you write YA?” My family has been asking me … Continue reading

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I work for a national health care company as a freelance instructional designer, and one of my department compatriots sent out a link to a fantastic infographic about the health risks of sitting all day. This, I’m sure, comes as … Continue reading

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If you’re anything like me, you have a devil of a time coming up with convincing bad guys. My writing-craft bookshelf is lined with books devoted to designing despicable antagonists. But none of them has explored and explained an archetype … Continue reading

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