September in (Reading) Review

September in (Reading) Review

So it's been...ridiculously busy. After six months in Australia and a month in my hometown, the Australian and I finally landed back in Boston, where we'll be for the next foreseeable while. We touched down after a red-eye flight on the morning of September 1st, and I immediately started a six-day work streak, and things pretty much went from there. We took a few days off to drive to Michigan for the very last Booktopia (more on this later), but other than that, it's been nonstop EVERYTHING settling back into our apartment, working my butt off, and generally running around like a headless chicken. Things look like they'll continue this way for a while, but in the meantime, here's all the good stuff I read in September! (Hold onto your hats, folks. This one's a long one.)

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Pitch Wars: So You Didn't Get Picked

Pitch Wars: So You Didn't Get Picked

So you didn't get into Pitch Wars. Now what?

I'll let you in on a little-known secret: I applied to Pitch Wars last year. And...I didn't get in. I didn't even get any requests. (I did get a lovely email from Evelyn Skye a few weeks later telling me that I was basically query-ready. I appreciated it. It still hurt.)

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Pitch Wars! I Want You!

Pitch Wars! I Want You!

I'm a huge fan of Brenda Drake and the internet-things she accomplishes on a daily basis, so I was thrilled to be invited to be a mentor for the 2015 edition of Pitch Wars! I'm a little bit of a dark horse, so I don't blame you if you have no idea who I am! Read on to find out a little about what I'm looking for and why you should pitch ME your manuscript:

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June & July in (Reading) Review

June & July in (Reading) Review

Well, it's nearly the end of July...and I'm back in the United States after six months in Australia! The last few months have been hectic and stressful to say the least, but I'm in California for the moment and loving the summer after the Australian winter. Sadly, my reading life hasn't been great. Still, there have been brief spots of shining greatness (starting when I realized that I could check out e-copies of graphic novels - that was marvelous). Without further ado, here are the best of June and July.

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The Short Story Long - Part Three

The Short Story Long - Part Three

Welcome to the third installment of The Short Story Long (Or, How I Signed With a Literary Agent). If you're joining for the first time, you can catch up here and here.

So I was in Australia. I had just flown out of a winter snowstorm, right into...summer. My luggage was missing (it was stuck in New York), but I was here! In Australia! And in possession of a book that needed finishing.

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May in (Reading) Review

May in (Reading) Review

Another month gone! My reading month started off strong and devolved. Right now I'm in the middle of a teeth-gnashingly annoying reading slump. Hopefully this will be resolved over the course of the next month, but for the meantime, here are my favorites from May! There are some AMAZING books in here, guys...

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Uprooted (Naomi Novik)

Uprooted (Naomi Novik)

I...don't even know how to start talking about Uprooted. Okay, let's start here: I started reading this book. Then I finished reading this book. Then I immediately thumbed back a few chapters so that I could read the climax through the end one more time, because it was just so delicious. But it's not just the end of the book that was delicious. It's the whole. freaking. thing.

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The Short Story Long - Part Two

The Short Story Long - Part Two

Welcome to the second installment of The Short Story Long (Or, How I Signed With a Literary Agent). If you're joining for the first time, you can catch up here.

In 2012, I moved to Boston to start an MFA in Writing for Children at Simmons College (chosen specifically for its focus on children's literature)...and sent out the first queries for the book I'd just completed. (Guess which one scared me more? Okay, that was actually just dramatic - moving cross-country was WAYYY more terrifying.) Several months, over 100 queries, and only 5 agent requests later, I shelved the book.

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