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 Review: Love & Gelato

How cute is this book??? Answer: From the cover to the storyline, INCREDIBLY cute. Think Stephanie Perkins meets Jenny Han and set in Florence. Okay, so I sort of saw most of the plot twists coming, but that didn’t lessen my reading experience. Love & Gelato swallowed me up in Italian sunshine, and I got so, […]

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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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Book review: Summer Days & Summer Nights 

Short stories for a YA audience are something you don’t see every day, and perhaps that was why I was immediately attracted to Summer Days & Summer Nights (many thanks to Rachel Petty at Macmillan for providing me with this book!). The best thing about this reading experience was the exposure to new authors. Although […]

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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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