Book Review: #famous

A summary of my reactions to #famous I honestly believe that readers who appreciate Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins would be hard-pressed not to love #famous, and here’s why: Rachel and Kyle are equally adorable yet distinct people. It’s incredibly difficult to write dual POV that feels nuanced, but the MCs in #famous both have […]

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Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See

I have finally finished this! Hallelujah! In all seriousness, I am completely embarrassed by how long it took me to complete ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE (*cough, cough* four months). I’ll compare it to a really rich chocolate cake – you love it, but you can only handle several bites at a time. The […]

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Book 2 Diary, #1

Ah, the fearsome Book 2—striking panic in authors since the beginning of time. This may be the first of many Book 2 posts… or not. I haven’t quite decided yet, but I knew that I needed to get some thoughts on paper (or on the Internet, in this case). Even before I got my book […]

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Book Deal!

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen some very exciting news. I HAVE A BOOK DEAL! The fact that I can even type that sentence is a miracle. I keep reminding myself: This is actually happening. Holy crap, it’s happening! The first book is called If Birds Fly Back, and I’m […]

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Things I’m Loving in June

Reading: I finished reading One Day for the second time, and despite the rather unfortunate (that’s putting it lightly!) ending, I’m still just as obsessed with this will-they-won’t-they book as I was before. It reminded me why I love funny books – and why I want to write them as well. Summer Days & Summer Nights, […]

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Editing! Yay!

So, I’m just going to come out and admit that I like editing more than the early creative stages of writing. There’s just something ridiculously satisfying about taking a lump of words (because, let’s be honest, no one’s first drafts are that stellar) and turning them into something shiny and glorious. I get pretty excited by it. […]

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Writing + Music

During drafting, if I hit on a song I like – something that really works with the tone, message, or plot of my book – I listen to it on repeat. Sometimes all day. I’ve heard of writers who loop one song for the entire writing process. I’m not sure if I’ll ever love a […]

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Query Tips

So you’ve completed your book. Congratulations! This is a humongous achievement, and you should give yourself a pat on the back for even making it this far. Well done, you. I get asked a lot about tips for approaching literary agents – the oh-so-scary query process – so I thought I’d compile some useful things here. […]

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On Writing and Anxiety

Last month, I was inspired by the ultra-talented Harriet Reuter Hapgood, whose super fabulous debut The Square Root of Summer comes out May 5th (I promise I’ll review it soon!). She wrote an article for Stylist about the very real anxiety of writing a debut novel, and if you haven’t read the article, you should here. It […]

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My Actual Query Letter

When I was querying (oh, I’m biting my nails just thinking about it!), I was maniacally trolling the boards of websites like AgentQuery Connect, looking for any inspiration I could find for how to craft my query letter. In that spirit, I’m including my full query letter to Claire Wilson (my now-agent) here – minus a few […]

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