Category Archives: Young Adult Books

Subtext: Two Plus Two Equals A Reader Connection

Eons ago, at my first SCBWI Prairie Writer’s Day Conference, I heard the popular writing tip “show, don’t tell.” That catch phrase should be writing advice to live by, except this wide-eyed newbie didn’t understand how to “show.” I jumped … Continue reading

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Query Time

My YA manuscript about a teenage con artist who lives the same year over and over to pull off perfect crimes has been completed and copyedited for weeks, but I’ve hesitated to actually submit it. Creating a story is a … Continue reading

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WRITING FIRST LOVE

During this weekend of love, I’ve been pondering how to write first love. My young adult manuscript was sent off to the freelance editor to add extra polish before querying agents. The nugget of inspiration for a new story idea … Continue reading

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Prairie Writer’s Day 2014

Last weekend my critique partner and I trekked to Chicago for the annual SCBWI Prairie Writer’s Day to glean wisdom from a group of awesome editors and agents. Each year we come home feeling we learned less than the year … Continue reading

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Am Writing

Yes, Jennifer is still alive. No, her manuscript is not quite ready for the Baker’s Dozen Auction yet. But it will be! Meanwhile, the Baker’s Dozen logline critique rounds have begun. Check them out here to provide aspiring authors with … Continue reading

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Name the Genre

Miss Snark’s First Victim recently hosted an awesome Name the Genre contest. If you’re not familiar with this blog, give it a try. Authoress hosts an encouraging community for writers aspiring to be published, both in children and adult literature. … Continue reading

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Summer Beach Reads

It’s been a crazy spring in our household, with four big events occurring at the same time: Girl Scout Bridging! Daughter Birthday Week!  Wait, didn’t this used to be a one day event? Last Day of School! Sister Bridal Shower! … Continue reading

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Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down Links

THUMBS UP for all the awesome retro sibling photos on Facebook for National Sibling Day.  You can check mine out here.  Hugs and Kisses to my awesome little sisters. THUMBS DOWN for our less than awesome 80’s fashion sense.  I … Continue reading

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The Unpopular Ending

Despite all my endeavors to become a published author, I will always be a book fan-girl first and a writer second.  No question. The recent release of the final book in the Divergent Trilogy, Allegiant, generated much gleeful jumping on … Continue reading

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Graduation in September

This week marks the end of an era.  On Tuesday, the Gallagher Girls graduated from spy-girl high school.  It was a momentous occasion, equally exhilarating and tear-jerking.  The perfect ending to a spectacular adventure.  For the past six years I’ve … Continue reading

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