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Pitch Wars YA Mentor Wish List

If you’ve found yourself here, it’s probably because you’re considering applying to Pitch Wars. Welcome! I am so thrilled to be a YA mentor in Pitch Wars this year. I was a mentee in 2017, and PitchWars brought so much goodness to my life:…

Query for GHOST WOOD SONG

Over the three years I spent querying agents, I pored over a lot of sample queries, especially those of published books, looking for that magic pitch formula that would get me requests. I wrote and rewrote my queries, got lots of feedback, fine-tuned and…

How I Got My Agent

From the moment I sent my first query letter to a literary agent in February 2016, I starting looking forward to writing one of those “How I Got My Agent” posts—the ones that show aspiring authors there is light at the end of the…

Two Kinds of Fiction

  I’m thinking today about how our pasts find their way into our fictions—both the ones we write and the ones we hold inside ourselves. My book Ghost Wood Song was inspired by the places I grew up—a drafty, haunted house in a declining…