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Hey! This is where you can see me this fall! Oregon Association of School Librarians Conference October 9-12 Portland, OR Details TBD Rochester Teen Read Week October 12-17 Rochester, NY Details here Sunday, October 13, 2:00-3:30 pm Greece Public Library 2 Vince Tofany Blvd., Rochester, NY...
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You guys, Red Room blog formatter messes up my HTML so much, I'm just going to post a link to this one. I hope you don't mind. http://www.as-king.info/2013/01/the-writer-middle-finger-part-seven.html
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  My middle finger is sore. I am pretty sure I am developing arthritis and that’s the first place it hit. My middle finger. On my right hand. It’s sore every single morning when I wake up. What a timely metaphor for this post! What better way to start off the Writer’s Middle Finger Part...
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Yesterday was a great day. It started with a phone call from Sara J. Henry (author of forthcoming (Feb 22) Learning to Swim--read this book, please. It's awesome.) who was out of breath. "Amy! You were nominated for an Edgar Award!" she said. "Do you know what this means?" I...
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You know, I'm still speechless, but considering I did my best to say something over on my regular blog, I'll link you.
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I was never a huge fan of book trailers, so when I released my first book, a good friend offered to make me something he guarenteed would knock my socks off. And he was right. This time around, for my novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz, I asked him to make me another one, and I am thrilled to share it...
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The Writer’s Middle Finger: Part Five (Middle Finger Deathmatch: Maintaining Control vs. Going Completely Insane)   I used to think: When I finally become a published writer, I will be mellow. I didn’t want to freak out or be stressed. I took my trusty writer’s middle finger and flipped off the...
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Earlier this year, it occurred to me that my past life as a rare poultry breeder helps me through the business of writing and publishing. I said as much on Twitter, and people demanded a blog, so here we are. Now, I'm a little strange compared to a lot of people. I was self-sufficient once, so...
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You don’t have to be an unpublished writer to lose hope. It happens all the time to all sorts of writers. Maybe you’ve just received your 50th agent rejection letter, and no matter how many times you read the “I really liked the writing and the premise” part, all you can see is YOU SUCK AND I HATE...
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By now, you know how I feel about writing advice. If you don’t, here’s the gist: what works for others may not work for you. What works for you may not work for others. In many ways this mirrors the kind of thinking you will need to get through the business side of this journey, as well. But I want...
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So, you’re ready to write what you want to write. You’re ready to ignore dumb advice and name your characters Saffron or Millicent and have them drive obscure cars named after small South American mammals. You’re ready to hoist those middle fingers and say, “Screw you world! I’m gonna write...
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Do Not Disturb
It’s been twenty days. I’ve been working every day and night I can. I haven’t gone outside much. Maybe three times? Last night was the first time I drove in two weeks. I took a walk on Monday, and stared at my feet, mostly, even though the scenery here is beautiful. I think I’ve talked to two...
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Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese. - Billie Burke Let me start by telling you: I am 38. I have no problem at all with being 38. I don’t think it’s too old or too young to write novels....
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One of the things I used to daydream about, during my years of writing novels with no sales was how I would thank my husband, Topher, in my dedication when I finally sold a book. I would read the part in On Writing by Stephen King about how he smiles when he sees authors thank their spouses and I'd...
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Last winter, I hit a bump. A big bump. I forgot why I write. Here’s the relevant backstory. I wrote seven novels over twelve years before I found an agent. It was nearly fourteen years before I eventually sold a book. What I want to write about today is what I possess, and what many of you possess...
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