Bits and Pieces

I haven’t done this in awhile, but I’m always collecting! Here is a collection of news bits about my career and writing-related links from around the web. Check them out!

My work

My bio and information about the Keys & Guardians series is up on my publisher’s website.

My article “Reject” was published! To subscribe to The Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine and get a year’s worth of writing advice, click here.

I guest blogged about genre confusion over at Charles O’Keefe’s blog, about why we we as writers should tear down each others choices over at Liza O’Connor’s blog, and about how I tweeted my way to a publishing contract at All The Way YA.

I also worked on a piece of fanfiction, my first in years. If you’re a fan of Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series, lookie! If not, pretend you never saw this.

Friends of the Blog:

My husband, Ismael Manzano, just placed his second short story for publication! The first is due in July and this one should be coming out within the next two weeks. I will let you know when they are available for your viewing pleasure. I may be a bit biased, but he’s very talented.

Great Links


Speaking of fanfiction, which we’ve been doing a lot of lately, remember when I said I didn’t believe fanfiction should be published for profit? Well, this Washington Post article discusses why the publishing industry may just disagree with me.

And speaking of rejections like the ones I discussed in my article, check out this fun, interesting take on how to turn them into a positive. 

I’m always saying that magic can’t just be magic for it’s own sake – it has to follow an internal logic that makes the book make sense – it has to be a part of the world it is existing in. As such, I would like to show you to an excellent article on this discussion by fantasy writer Jamie Schultz.

As a writer, I find I do a lot of strange research for my books and even for my fanfic. For the link I posted above, I had to search “How long can someone survive being buried alive in a box?” This blog post by Mystery/Suspense writer Greg Levin wonders why his internet searches have never gotten him in trouble. I don’t know how the NSA isn’t looking for me either, Greg.

This is pretty much EXACTLY how I feel about writing sex scenes.

Looking for a literary agent? Check out these helpful tips from 12 industry insiders.

Books to Read

I just completed “Create Your Writing Platform” by Chuck Sambuchino and it provides essential tips for building your presence. This is definitely a book you need if you’re a writer.

Anyway, that’s all for me this time! Let me know what you guys think of the links in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Bits and Pieces

  1. The fan fiction thing is interesting. Steven Moffat, co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock, admits that he basically writes fan fiction for a living. He even goes so far as to say that since only the original stories by Conan Doyle are canon, all Sherlock adaptations are essentially fan fiction. Wicked is Wizard of Oz fan fiction. It ends up being quite murky, doesn’t it? I don’t really have any final answers–I just think the subject is interesting.

    1. Well, those are in the public domain, which makes them a little different. I think profiting off of someone else’s work while they can still be profiting off of it is what makes selling fanfiction a little more sketchy. And I’m pro-fanfic, as you know. 😉

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