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Buzzfeed asked YA authors to sort their characters into Hogwarts houses.

Here’s my draft:

Mia: Gryffindor

Adam: Gryffindor

Kim: Ravenclaw

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Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress [Sponsor]

Now, we’re not saying that that last one is Miss Peregrine, but….

Well, this is a little creepy. But awesome.

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I like my coffee, black like my soul. #TrueStory

20 Amazing Writing Residencies You Should Apply for This Year

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Querying Tip: Start With A Name


Names are really important in your query letter. There are three names that should be made clear in your query before sending your email (or owl if you’re attending Hogwarts): the agent’s name, the name of your manuscript, and the writer’s name (that’s you).

Always, always, always address an…

Querying Tip: Know Your Genre


While ‘know your genre’ may seem like a really basic piece of advice, I read a lot of queries that either forget to mention or mix up the genre of the manuscript. The genre of your book should hopefully be established before you begin writing (or at least become obvious once you’ve started the…

Fall 2014 Manuscript Wish List


The actual first day of autumn may still be almost a month away, but it’s definitely now September—which means the fall season of publishing is upon us. As things get busier and more people start querying, there are some stories I would love to see in the query inbox over the next few months….

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.

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"Books are a plane and the train and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home" ~ Anna Quindlen.

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This is so true. “The scariest moment is always just before you start.

Meet My Character!

Meet My Character! — I was tagged by @BethEllynSummer in this fun meme.

So I got tagged on this Writerly Meme by my agent sister, Beth Ellyn Summer. I’m bad at doing memes when I get tagged, but this one is quick and fun so I thought, why not! I’m going to do it for my current WIP, Pandemonium.

1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Pandemonium has two main characters: Kaiden and Aimi, both fictional.

2. When and where is the…

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Manifesto (via Natasha Lester Author of If I Should Lose You and What is Left Over, After | A Writer’s Manifesto - Natasha Lester Author of If I Should Lose You and What is Left Over, After)

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"Every writer I know has trouble writing" ~ Joseph Heller

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What’s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday: Wild Things, Writing, and More

What’s Up Wednesday is hosted by Jaime Morrow Erin L Funk.

What I’m Reading:

I’m reading Coming Closer by Sara Gran.

If everything in Amanda’s life is so perfect, then why the mood swings, the obscene thoughts, the urge to harm the people she loves? What are those tapping sounds in the walls? And who’s that woman following her? The mystery behind what’s happening to Amanda in Come Closer is so…

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