What 2019 Taught Me About Being a Writer

Hi everyone!

2019 is almost drawing to a close, and SO much has happened for me this year. As this blog is largely a place for me to reflect and give advice on writing, this year-in-review will also be focused on that.

I was in the query trenches for a good portion of 2019 and I wrote and revised several books this year. Follow me below as I reflect on some of the things I learned this year…

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Author Interview: Sonora Reyes

Happy Holidays, everyone! This week, I’m interviewing Sonora Reyes, the creator of #QPOCChat, who is also an author represented by Alexandra Levick of Writers House. Read on to see what inspired Sonora to write their novel, how they coped with rejection along the way, and some tips for self-care while you’re in the query trenches yourself.

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Author Interview: Alyssa Zaczek

Hi everyone! This week, I interviewed my friend and 2020 MG debut author,Alyssa Zaczek! She is represented by Jessica Mileo of Inkwell Management, and Alyssa’s debut novel, MARTIN MCLEAN, MIDDLE SCHOOL QUEEN is out January 7, 2020 from Sterling Children’s!

I’m so excited to grab a copy of her book. Let’s go behind the scenes with her about her querying journey for this novel and about who her dream book blurb would be from!

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Author Interview: Jonny Garza Villa

Hi everyone! Today you’ll hear from Jonny Garza Villa, an amazing author who just signed with Claire Draper at the Bent Agency! Jonny’s Twitter pitch made me GASP and insta-follow. Read on to learn about what drew him to write his book and learn more about the books and movies that have shaped Jonny as a writer!

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Author Interview: Ashley Schumacher

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Today I’ve interviewed my friend and upcoming debut author, Ashley Schumacher! Her YA Contemporary, AMELIA UNABRIDGED, will be published by Wednesday Books in winter 2021, and I cannot WAIT!

Read on to see Ashley’s thoughts on querying, little moments of magic in life, and what it would be like if dogs were at Hogwarts.

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Author Interview: Megan Lynch

I was delighted when my dear friend (and query support group aka Llamasquad member) Megan Lynch recently found her agent, Moe Ferrara of BookEnds! As she was fresh from the query trenches, I wanted to reflect on her time there. Below, you’ll find some great insight on her querying experience as well as her time being printed by a small press. Read on and meet my friend Megan!!

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Author Interview: Shelby Mahurin

I was SUPER lucky to have interviewed Shelby Mahurin, author of upcoming YA Fantasy (and the 2019 book I’m MOST excited about!) SERPENT & DOVE, out September 3, 2019! If you’d like to learn about her publishing journey, advice for querying authors, and the importance of taking time to celebrate your victories, check out the interview below!

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