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Why Comp Titles Are Important

I love books. I love food. I love books about food—reading them, writing them, and, it turns out, writing about them. One of the fun things about striving for publication is researching and reading comparable titles for an understanding of the marketplace. In my case, that means “foodie fiction,” books in which the characters or […]

February 15, 2015

What I Learned While Writing a Novel, Writing

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A Gift Well Received: Why We Write

For Christmas last year, a close friend gave me a copy of Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do edited by Meredith Maran. I just finished it, and I’m so grateful my friend Alex put it in my hands. It’s inspirational, encouraging, challenging, honest, and relatable. A […]

May 1, 2014

Published Books, What I Learned While Writing a Novel

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Reading Recs + a Writing Exercise

There are tons of things you can do in order to learn to write a novel, but two are paramount: 1. Write. (Duh.) 2. Read. Last week I had two requests for new reads from friends in different situations—one for a church book club, and the other about to travel for a month for work. […]

November 26, 2013

What I Learned While Writing a Novel, Writing

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