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Jun.30.2013
The Moment I Loved A Cover: When asked for my input on the cover for Secrets of My Suburban Life, the book whose title I still have trouble remembering myself, I said I’d like something with a house on the cover and that it should have a surreal aspect to it. I got my house, a yellow house that...
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Jun.29.2013
  The Moment I Got An Idea On Broadway: I was in New York for a few days, having meetings with two of my publishers. I’d brought my family with me, which I do whenever I possibly can. In the evenings, we went to see Broadway shows. One of the ones we saw was Beauty and the Beast. This was not...
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Jun.28.2013
The Moment I Took A Meeting: I went into the city to meet with the editors of Secrets of My Suburban Life and Me, In Between. After lunch with the editor of Me, I had a meeting with the editor of Secrets and the whole team behind it. They all raved about the book and debated their favorite parts,...
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Jun.27.2013
  The Moment I Discovered One Editor Was Better Than Two: The editor who had acquired Angel’s Choice, the book now called Secrets of My Suburban Life and the book now called Me, In Between departed to become the Paperback Publishing Director at another publishing house. She was my dream editor...
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Jun.26.2013
  The Moment A Title Changed Yet Again: Simon & Schuster decided that How Harry Potter Killed My Mother was unfeasible as a title, due to concerns that we might get sued. So the decision was made to change it. The new title? Secrets of My Suburban Life. The problem with that title? To this...
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Jun.25.2013
The Moment Another Title Changed: Simon & Schuster decided that Stacked was not a good title for my middle-grade novel about a 12-year-old who’s conflicted about her breasts. They thought this because there was another book with that title, but also because they felt it was too suggestive. So...
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Jun.24.2013
I spent three years trying to write a book proposal for Writing as a Sacred Path. The book was in good shape. I was proud of it. I felt I had something of value, and I longed to share it with the world. From September through May, when I teach, I would fiddle with it every chance I got. Then...
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Jun.24.2013
  The Moment Big Breasts Came In Handy: Having gone through puberty early myself, and having been invited by my editor at Simon & Schuster to submit a proposal for a book for a new middle-grade line they were starting there, I came up with a story about a well-endowed 12-year-old who feels...
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Jun.23.2013
  The Moment An Idea In One Book Became An Idea For Another Book: In one of my earlier unsold adult novels, eight of ten characters die in spectacular ways, one of which is a novelist getting crushed to death by a stack of her own books when the freight elevator on a truck malfunctions during...
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Jun.22.2013
The Moment I Realized It All Mattered: I received two letters – not emails, but actual real-world letters – from two teens. Both concerned Angel’s Choice. One single-spaced, full-page letter contained the following: “One lesson that this book taught me is that I need to make the right thing the...