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What I learned from my book promotion events: advice for the new young adult author

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My first novel came out in March.  With excellent trade reviews and a timely “hook” (immigration) it was easier for me to book appearances than it is for the average new author.  So book I did.  I did twenty or so appearances in the span of less than three months.  This is what I learned: […]

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Top WordPress Plugins for your Author Website

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So you want to build your author site.  Congratulations!  It’s a great treat to put your writing out in the world and have others respond.  But if you’re like a lot of writers, the thought of having to do “all the technical stuff” makes you break into a sweat a little.  But fear not.  It’s […]

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

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One of my favorite parts about being a debut author is being initiated into the world of working writers.  I have uncovered a realm beyond my imagination, where fellow authors hang out in chat rooms and talk about all things writerly and in which experienced, successful writers generously share their information and contacts.  Probably my […]

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What I learned from my first Goodreads giveaway for my YA novel

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As I learn how to get the word out about The Secret Side of Empty I grow more and more grateful for Goodreads, the social networking site for readers. Imagine a website full of people who love the very thing you hope to popularize (and which you also love)… books. Amazing, right? The trick about […]

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How to be a real writer

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I am a Real Writer.  All caps like that.  Not too long ago, I realized I’d been one since I wrote in my diary, at twelve years old, “Most of all, I want to be a writer.”  My book deal wouldn’t come until decades later, but that’s not what made me a Real Writer. It […]

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