Last Thursday, I wrote a guest post for a wonderful site called Project Mayhem about the importance of "gray area" novels: upper middle grade books that appeal to sixth to eighth graders and that people in the publishing world have sometimes been wary of, because they're a bit too old for traditional middle grade but a bit … Continue reading Upper MG Books for Older Middle School Readers…and My New Book Deal!
“Finish what you’re working on.” If you want to be a writer, that’s one of the most common pieces of advice you’ll hear, and it makes a lot of sense. It’s fun to start a book, but it can be really hard to wade through the murky middle and make it to the other side. … Continue reading When “Finish What You’re Working On” Isn’t the Best Advice
Almost three years ago, I got an agent. An agent I’d heard great things about, who requested my full manuscript seconds after I queried and then read my book in less than 24 hours. I’d worked on that book for two years, throughout the second year of my MFA program at Vermont College of Fine … Continue reading Shiny, Happy News: My First Book Deal!
I’ve been neglecting this blog for a long time now because even during the summer, when I have glorious stretches of writing time, there are only so many words I can crank out in a day, and I’ve been hoarding them all for the manuscripts I’m writing. Since I last posted, I finished and revised … Continue reading On Writing and the Struggle to Keep Control
The first quarter of my school year ended recently, so I’ve been talking to my seventh grade advisees about how things are going so far in their classes: what they’re proud of so far this year; how they learn and work best; and what strategies they might try out in this next quarter to improve … Continue reading What Works…and What Doesn’t
I've been challenged by fellow VCFA alum (and Philadelphia area resident) Nicole Valentine to participate in the 777 Challenge. I'm supposed to share 7 lines of text, 7 lines down, on the 7th page of my work-in-progress. Here's the link to Nicole's post, where she shared seven lines from a smart and poignant middle-grade time-travel … Continue reading 777 Challenge
Back in 2010, Mary Kole, who was then a literary agent, wrote a post called “Is it MG or YA?” on her excellent site kidlit.com. I should note that the publishing market has changed between 2010 and 2014, so I can’t say whether this post would be the same if Kole had written it today. … Continue reading The Gray Area Between Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction