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January 31, 2020

The quickest way to draw aspiring authors in your circles out of the woodwork is to become a published author yourself. The second your book hits the shelves (or even before), the questions from friends, relatives, and that guy who sat behind you in Pre-Algebra who wan...

January 27, 2020

Today is the day! It's AWARDS day! And WHAT A DAY!

The American Library Association announced the Youth Media Awards today to much fanfare, and let me tell you, it was so thrilling to see books that I have read and loved being recognized for their excellence. I shouted...

January 25, 2020

 Nothing says "Lucky Author" like a conference badge.

ALA Midwinter is happening NOW and extends through this weekend into Monday, and a ton of my friends will be there--many for the first time! And OLA (which is essentially Canadian ALA) is NEXT WEEK! And a ton of my f...

January 20, 2020

Welcome to Cover Collection, my not-really-weekly-but-I-keep-trying blog series about the book covers I love and what makes them work. Today is Martin Luther King Day, and while there are a number of books with great covers about Martin Luther King Jr., I wanted to tak...

January 2, 2020

 Sunrise over My Backyard, Dec 22, 2019

It's January 2nd, 2020, and my social media feed is full of my friends and acquaintances collectively reflecting upon their year, their lives over the last decade, what they've accomplished, what they hoped to accomplish that they...

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I get this question a lot.

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