Forever Thirteen

How to launch a book

A year ago, I was gearing up for the release of “A Symphony of Cicadas.” And the anticipation to actually publish the book was killing me. In fact, my patience was so thin, I published it a week before the date I announced it would be released. Here was my official announcement. Isn’t that newbie …

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Are you one of the lucky 7%?

Only about 7% of NaNoWriMo participants crossed the finish line with 50,000 or more words this year*. If you were one of the lucky few, you deserve a pat on the back and a million publishers** clamoring to get you to sign with them. (*Note: According to NaNoWriMo, 300,000 people signed up, and only 41,940 …

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Beta Readers, get ready!

Less than two weeks ago I had the great joy of printing out Forever Thirteen in rough draft form. For weeks I’d been editing the heck out of the raw draft, searching for overused words and weak sentences to bring it up to rough draft status. So to finally get to that point was kind …

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Do 13 year olds blog?

When I was 13, I used an actual paper diary. I have a bunch of old journals in my boxes from way back when, chronicling those awkward teenage years. But now? There are a ton of online alternatives for teenagers to record their innermost thoughts and feelings. This is something I had to mull over …

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