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Before You Publish Your Book, Write Yourself A Bad Review

I don’t mean write a review to put up on Amazon or Goodreads. I mean sit down and really think about what other readers will not like in your story. If you read that last sentence and you’re thinking to … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal – BEEN THERE DONE THAT, coming 11/15 from Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap

Lots of writing news coming this year! First up, I am very excited to have my work included in a middle grade anthology, which I think will be great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents interested in encouraging their children’s creative … Continue reading

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Ten Things You Might Not Know about Camp David

When I decided to write WILDFIRE RUN, originally titled ESCAPE FROM CAMP DAVID, I didn’t realize quite how difficult it would be to find information about presidential retreat. While my book is fiction, I wanted enough accurate details to give … Continue reading

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To Do and To Don’t List for Middle Grade Debut Authors

There is no instruction manual for debut authors, and middle grade authors face some extra challenges. Our readers, 9 to 12-year-olds, are not getting their information about new books from authors themselves or from the internet, for the most part. … Continue reading

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If you have to hide a book, it must be valuable

THE WHALES, a picture book by Cynthia Rylant full of beautiful illustrations of whales, naturally, was the first book I was driven to hide. Now, I’m as fond of whales as the next person, and I’m fond of picture books. … Continue reading

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Why YA Dystopian Fiction is Important

Some of the most memorable books I read as a teen were dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories, what were categorized most often as adult science fiction back when I was reading them. I think most of my sixth grade class read EARTH ABIDES … Continue reading

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A Picky 11-Year-Old’s Book Choices for 2011

I thought I’d post a list of books that are recommended by an 11-year-old girl who is very picky about what books she reads. We literally have hundreds of middle grade books in the house at any particular time, between … Continue reading

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