Top 19 Books of 2019

One of my 2020 resolution is to get more familiar with Instagram, and to that end, all of my end-of-year top book picks of 2019 are being posted there! Check out my page if you're looking for recommendations for a holiday gift or if you just want a bookseller's perspective on notable fantasy novels for... Continue Reading →

Writing Advice: Research

Welcome back to another month of tips, tricks, and trade insights from an experienced YA bookseller! Today we're discussing that double-edged sword of the writing process: research. For some, research is a daunting and difficult task. For others, it's an easy way to procrastinate. No one has straight answers about how much you should research,... Continue Reading →

Writing Advice: World-Building

Last month I debuted a new column in which I give advice for writing YA based on my experience as a YA bookseller. This month, I'd like to dive right in and talk about something vital to any story: world-building. Fantasy novels are the first thing that springs to mind when we talk about crafting... Continue Reading →

I Have A Patreon!

Today I have a quick update for you guys: I started a Patreon page! For a limited time (until August 13th, 2019) everyone who pledges at least $1 will get a critique of the first five pages of their manuscript. My Patreon is going to feature short stories, writing advice, book reviews, and more. All... Continue Reading →

The #WickedSpellbook

Earlier this year I started a project to make a prop spellbook based on the blood mage spellbooks from the novel Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. I decided to upload some of the photos of the completed pages here on my site for ease of access. You can find the whole Twitter thread at... Continue Reading →

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