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 →

Top 18 of ’18

Long time, no see! We're on the home stretch of 2018, which means it's the perfect time to reflect on books we loved this year (and say a prayer for all the booksellers trying to send them home with readers this holiday season.) There were a lot to choose from, but I have narrowed it... Continue Reading →

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