5 Reasons non-YA is getting published as YA

There's a growing trend in Young Adult books, and it has to stop. I'm not the first to notice or call this out, but an awful lot of "young adult" books--particularly in genre fiction like fantasy--feature "teen" characters that think and act more like 30-year-olds. Or they contain content that can be inappropriate for the …

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The 5 Best Decisions I’ve Made On My Writing Journey

After the last Friday 5 post, I’d like to switch things up by swapping out the negativity for some positives. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I’ve also made a few decisions that completely changed my writing life for the better.  1. Participating in NaNoWriMo. For those who aren’t familiar, NaNoWriMo is National Novel …

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The 5 Worst Mistakes I’ve Made On My Writing Journey

We all make mistakes. And learning from the errors of others can certainly be much easier than experiencing the sting of your own. In that spirit, here are a few of my most cringe-worthy choices in my writing journey, and what I learned from each one. 1. Editing before revising. So your manuscript is complete! …

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My 5 Repeat Offenses in Writing

We all have those crutches and quirks that weaken our writing, and I am no exception. As it's generally good advice to be aware of your own weaknesses, I'm pointing out mine.I don’t even worry about these vices during the drafting phase, but I’ve learned to have a keen eye for them in revision. 1. …

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