How I Got My Agent, I Guess?

Well. Here we are. I literally never thought I'd be making this post because I just assumed this goal would forever be unattainable. I tend to write weird things. Things that could be marketable, yes, but you might have to squint at them a bit. I 'm most inspired by anime and video games and… Continue reading How I Got My Agent, I Guess?

Clean Drafting and Why Your First Drafts Don’t Have to Suck

I'm going to let you in on a little secret, dear readers: I don't think my first drafts suck. I don't think other writers should think their first drafts suck. I think that line of thinking (how many times can I write the word "think") can be incredibly unproductive and we should do away with… Continue reading Clean Drafting and Why Your First Drafts Don’t Have to Suck

It’s Dead, Jim: Querying in a “Dead” Genre

I don't even consider myself a Trekkie but I love a good meme. Anyway, today I wanted to talk about something that's been on my mind lately. Something that I've been experiencing myself as of late: Querying a book in a supposedly "dead" genre. For me, that genre has been YA sci-fi. Now, if you're… Continue reading It’s Dead, Jim: Querying in a “Dead” Genre

“But I Can’t Sell This!”: Marketability and Marginalization in Publishing

Before we begin, let me just say something: I am not a publishing professional. I am an aspiring novelist who is on the hunt for an agent. Might this blog post hurt my chances? I sure hope not! But if it does, oh well, because I'm writing it anyway. Anyway, let's talk about marginalization and… Continue reading “But I Can’t Sell This!”: Marketability and Marginalization in Publishing

Finding Creativity (Again), or How I’m Doing After Burning Out

Creative types like myself (and perhaps like you, dear reader) thrive off ideas. We also have it drilled into our heads that if we're not writing/creating/whatever every day that we're failures. I've felt this way since finishing my revisions for NEON TIGER. It's not been great! In fact, I've been struggling so much with it… Continue reading Finding Creativity (Again), or How I’m Doing After Burning Out

On Writing, Ableism, and Self-Worth

To begin this post bluntly: My life has not been easy. I'm fairly transparent about the various traumas I've faced, from living with an extremely abusive parent for 25 years to dealing with surgery and chronic illness. On top of that, I also have a learning disability and a stutter that makes it difficult for… Continue reading On Writing, Ableism, and Self-Worth

Wait, I Have to Do This Again?: Post-AMM Writing Fatigue

As many of you already know, I was chosen for Round 7 of Author Mentor Match this past March. It's been a completely wild experience and I've loved every second with my wonderful mentor and all my mentee-peers. While I have no complaints about AMM and I am certainly grateful for the opportunity, there is… Continue reading Wait, I Have to Do This Again?: Post-AMM Writing Fatigue

Query Hell (Again): Author Mentor Match Edition

You may be looking at this post like, hey, I thought you'd already queried before? What's going on? Yes, dear reader. I┬áhave queried NEON TIGER before. Decently, I might add. I queried about 30 agents during my first round (about a year ago at this point!) and garnered four full requests (3 of which were… Continue reading Query Hell (Again): Author Mentor Match Edition