Rae Chang and I were just chatting on twitter about what phrases in queries are giant red flags for us. Some of these may seem obvious, but I guarantee anyone who has read slush has seen them more than a few times. If you find yourself writing any of these phrases into your query, it may be a … Continue reading 15 things to leave out of your query
In case you didn't know, I write for Book Riot. You can see all of my articles here, but below is a list of articles since my last post here in February.Inbox/Outbox 3-3-17Full Length Trailer for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 3-15-178 Middle Grade Authors Share Their Fairy Tale Escape Fantasies 3-24-17If It Doesn't … Continue reading More Articles at Book Riot
This is my sixth year mentoring Pitch Wars and I'm so excited to be back! (If you don't know what Pitch Wars is, it's a mentoring/pitch contest combo for MG, YA, NA, and Adult fiction authors looking for a literary agent. More info here.) The Pitch Wars 2017 submission window is open August 2 (12:01AM) … Continue reading Pitch Wars Wishlist
You've booked an author signing event. Congratulations! Now what? In my dayjob as a library event planner, I host at least four Local Author Festivals every year, featuring at least ten authors per event. I deal with a lot of authors who are doing their first signing ever and am frequently asked questions like, "What … Continue reading How to Prepare for an Author Signing Event
Our topic this month is "Kill Your Darlings" so I'm here to talk about social media practices you should murder and leave in a ditch somewhere! 1) Twitter auto-DMs when someone follows you I follow someone on Twitter because I think they're fun/nice/entertaining/informative. Within minutes, I have a private message from them. Which seems nice, … Continue reading Authors: Kill These Bad Social Media Habits
Hey everybody! I'm still regularly contributing to Book Riot and I wanted to give you a little update on my posts since my last update in August:Romance is Trashy, and Other Things You Need to Stop Saying - 8-19-16 Cookbooks that Started as Food Blogs - 8-24-16 Bygone Badass Broads: Historical Women About Whom I Need All … Continue reading My Articles at Book Riot
It's the Book Birthday to Keeping Her Secret!!!! I love this book and hope y'all will check it out!All’s fair in love and summertime prank warsThe last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, … Continue reading Keeping Her Secret is out Today!