Of course I forgot to post in the month of January, when the hairline fissures in our universe began to widen into dark gaping crevasses, and freedom started to look like a quickly fraying thread. And politics turned to much more than just politics as usual, turned to a question of basic human rights. The… Continue reading Life and fissures and revisions and training and AWP.
Taking a break from revisions to write up my annual end-of-year book post. This year I consciously went back and forth reading a book by an author of color for every book by a white author. This was a challenge I’d issued on Twitter at the start of the year to try to encourage people… Continue reading Favorite books of 2016.
2016 has been a truly shitty year. But when I actually think about it, it’s also been a pretty great year. I’m talking about like, other than the entire world falling apart. And I think it’s more important than ever that I make an effort to remember the good stuff. In the past I’ve called this annual entry my “personal reflections”, but… Continue reading 2016: Highlights
Well. November was a tough month. I’m so glad it’s December. I was on a roll with NaNoWriMo, totally in love with my new project, and averaging 2k to 3k words a day…until the election. I’ve never felt so incredibly, hopelessly dark. My productivity crashed to a halt. I really wish I could be the type of… Continue reading November postmortem.
A couple weeks ago I sent my first revision to my editor! Hooray! Now it’s just a matter of not melting into the earth as I wait for her to read it. I am excited to get some distance from the book so that I can tackle my next round with refreshed eyes and brain. So what am I doing now? I’ve started working… Continue reading Next up: NaNoWriMo.
I was so caught up in revising last month that I completely forgot to update after I got home from my research trip! Taiwan was amazing. I hadn’t visited since I was 15 years old, and it was so wonderful to walk around in the shoes of my characters and get some primary research done. I brought along my… Continue reading Wrapping up the first revision under contract.
What an up-and-down few weeks it’s been. A chronological-ish list of recent things: —— I bought an AlphaSmart to help me with more focused drafting. It is my new favorite thing and I’ve named it Lyra: —— I found out all of the AWP 2017 panels I was pitched for got accepted! But each participant is only… Continue reading Roller coaster month.
People keep asking me about this, so I thought it was worth making a blog post. This is not “How to write a query letter” — you’ll find plenty of those posts elsewhere. This is what comes before that. First: The most important thing is that you get your full manuscript into the best shape possible.… Continue reading How to research and prepare for querying literary agents.
I’ve been working on this first revision round for over a month now, and it’s been tough. Editing and rewriting is my favorite part of the process, but what I’m doing right now — trying to figure out how to braid all the pieces together in a new fashion — is really challenging. I’ve spent more time… Continue reading Revising from a new perspective.
I have some big news that I’ve been sitting on for the last few months! Now that it’s been formally announced I can finally share: My first two books will be published by Little, Brown!!!!!!!!!!! A screen grab of the announcement in Publishers Weekly: And the Goodreads page is already up here! I’m ecstatic and overwhelmed, to say the least. I… Continue reading AN ANNOUNCEMENT!!!