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July 30, 2019

Welcome to Cover Collection, my (mostly) weekly blog series in which I talk about book covers that I absolutely love, and break down what I love about them. This week, we're going to take a look at the positively luminous cover of Ali Benjamin's middle grade novel, THE...

July 26, 2019

I get this question a lot.

It's totally understandable. Nobody has ever seen my name before, and it's not pronounced phonetically in English-speaking countries, and when most people come across it they don't know what to do. Maybe you're one of those people? It's OKAY....

July 25, 2019

This is the third post in Go Pro, a new blogging series for writers that talks about craft and dispenses industry advice.

Someone said on twitter that they had been told that characters referring to each other by name in dialogue was "not authentic," and they wanted tho...

July 24, 2019

Welcome to Cover Collection, my (mostly) weekly blog series in which I talk about book covers I love and why I love them. This week, I'm posting a couple days late (sorry! But I birthed a book into the world a few weeks ago, and things are kinda busier than I expected...

July 19, 2019

Small World has been out in the world for two and a half weeks, and friends have been sharing pictures of their kids reading and loving it, and people I only know online have been sharing pictures of it and saying nice things about it, and people I don't know at all ha...

July 18, 2019

Go Pro is a blog series in which I talk about the craft and business of writing books for kids. Last week, I talked about query letters, and posted a template for you to follow. This week, I want to get a little bit into one of the nitty gritty aspects of query letters...

July 16, 2019

Welcome to Cover Collection, my (mostly) weekly blog series in which I talk about book covers I love and break down what makes them work. This week, we're doing something special: Mia Wenjen, co-founder of Multicultural Children's Book Day and blogger about diverse chi...

July 12, 2019

It's Friday! T.G.I.F. amirite?

I was noodling around on Spotify a few weeks ago, looking for music to keep me going through the last long stretch of the week, and I realized: Nanda, the girl in Small World, would be inspired by a lot of this. And then I started looking...

July 11, 2019

Once upon a time, before I had this website, I had a blog on blogger. I haven’t updated it since I started blogging here, but there’s a lot of good stuff on it, and rather than migrate the whole thing over here, I thought I’d identify the best posts and pull them throu...

July 8, 2019

Welcome to Cover Collection, my mostly weekly blog series in which I talk about book covers I love and why I love them. This week, we're looking at the cover of LOLA SHAPES THE SKY, written by Wendy Greenley, illustrated by Paolo Domeniconi and designed by Rita Marshal...

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I get this question a lot.

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