Stuff worth reading (YALSA interview edition)

Uh oh, I just found the best rabbit hole. Great interview series w/ #YAlit authors over at @yalsa: http://t.co/X3MLv7qCQJ Goodbye, morning! — Kristan Hoffman (@kristanhoffman) September 10, 2014 Today I stumbled upon a treasure trove: the “One Thing Leads to Another” interview series at YALSA ....more

Do you really think anyone wants to read that?

“How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner’s Advice” via NPR Books Sometimes we’ll be in the store and we’ll see a kid looking at a little stack of books — maybe we’ve recommended those books to them. They might’ve chosen a book with a kid on the cover who has a different race than their own. And the parent kind of unconsciously steers the kid away from the book ....more

Rethinking failure

In a recent...more

A place for rough drafts

The other day I hand-wrote a letter to my friend Angie — something I haven’t done in far too long — because I was craving that mental-motor connection, and because when I write to her, it’s very free-form. Whatever I’m thinking and feeling gets laid out on the page. It does not get evaluated ....more

LIKE NO OTHER by Una LaMarche

Please note: My “Reading Reflections” are not reviews. They are simply my thoughts in response to certain passages. As part of We Heart YA, I recently joined a diversity-focused YA book club, with the goal of putting my...more

Reminder to self

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Jennifer Weiner on writing, feminism, and her daughters

Last month, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go see Jennifer Weiner at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. I needed a little pick-me-up, and there’s something so inspiring about watching an author interact with her fans. Especially when the author is as smart, funny, and genuine as Jennifer ....more

Stuff worth reading

“A Letter to Aspiring-Writer-Me from Debut-Novelist-Me” by Natalia Sylvester Looking back, the moments you’re most proud of won’t be your big successes; they’ll be your biggest failures, and the fact that you kept going in spite of them. Your book may be your whole world, but to the whole world it is a book. “On Marriage :: A Year Later” by Lisa Congdon I will do everything in my power to protect this person from pain, comfort this person in her grief, love this person with every bone of my body, honor this person in every way possible, and to be absolutely truthful to this person ....more