How I Finished My First Few Books

By the time I graduated from college, I had completed three novels. One was a political fairytale (I live in D.C., okay?); one was a modern retelling of the Arthur myth in high school (this was before Camelot High came out), and one was a modern retelling of the love story of Dante Gabriel Rossetti…

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What I Wish You Knew (Part One)

A surprising question that I hear a lot at parties (besides the D.C.-standard "What do you do?) is what do you wish writers knew? In an effort to answer this question once and for all so I can spend more time eating chocolate cupcakes at parties, I am doing a five-part series on what I…

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Writing Lesson from Spider-Man: Far from Home

A few weeks ago, I saw¬†Spider-Man: Far From Home, and I absolutely loved it.I mean, I am thinking about going back to the theater and watching it again.I rarely have this feeling about a movie.Why did I love it so much?Was it because of the awesome European locations? The juicy teen drama (something I am…

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Why You Should Write Your Book Now

In graduate school, I met one of the most magical professors. Not only was he a great teacher, but he was a wonderful human. When I took his manuscript class, he was so patient with me as I was nearly in tears as I tackled the challenging of not only translating text from Old English,…

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Behind the Scenes of Life as an Editor

Okay, so being an editor is pretty much the best job ever, but there are a few quirky things about living as one. I decided to share a few tidbits of my life in this business for your entertainment. Because who didn't love Making the Video?  1. I think about your book. All the time. Seriously,…

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A Writing Lesson from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Right now I am seriously obsessed. As in listen to "Be My Baby" on repeat and write our names together in a notebook. What has brought on these feelings? A person?  No! A Corgi? Not this time. It's a show called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. (Yes, I know I am late to the party. But…

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A Special Invitation

What: A virtual writing retreat! You will have time to write your book and ask me any questions you have. Writer's block doesn't have a chance. I might even give you a few pop culture recommendations if we have time. Who: You (a writer) and me (a writing coach whose clients have been in talks with Netflix and…

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How I Got My Book Idea

Whenever I go to an author talk, someone in the audience inevitably asks, "How did you get your idea for your book?" Well, I don't claim to be cool as Neil Gaiman or Tamora Pierce, but I am going to answer that question anyway. I was walking along a beach in the Hamptons (I understand…

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Self-Care for Writers

Okay, if you have been online for more than five seconds, I am sure you have heard about self-care. I am sure you associate it with taking a break from your office job or parenting (okay, you can stop laughing now). Bubbles baths and scented candles are probably mentioned. I say forget that. Sure, I…

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A Writing Lesson from Avengers: Endgame

Okay, there are spoilers ahead. So click away from this email and listen to "Hooked on a Feeling." Because that song is amazing. You also might want to head on over to your local movie theater to actually see the film because despite what I am about to say here, it is actually an awesome movie.  Okay,…

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