I have a new video in which I read my first draft of Page One on the next book I’ll be writing: Bad Fairy Book 2. It doesn’t contain spoilers for Book 1. Feel free to tell me if you have opinions.
I get a lot of questions from aspiring writers about what kind of education they “need.” This is my answer, with a little bit of reflection about the purpose of a career. Maybe I’ll say something that speaks to you. 🙂
My new video covers five reasons why I recommend against creative speech tags used in place of “said” and “asked.” I make my case for why conversations between characters should stand on their own without the tags or adverbs combined with the tags competing for attention against the actual conversation.
Here’s a new video discussing a little bit about my process from getting my first offer of publication to signing a publishing contract. It’s brief, but I just give you an overview of what it was like to receive multiple offers, deal with negotiations, and sign with a publisher, and a little about what happens after that. Enjoy!
My nonfiction book SOLD!
I’m thrilled to announce that my nonfiction book SO YOU THINK YOU’RE ASEXUAL: An Introduction to the Invisible Orientation has sold to Skyhorse Publishing/Carrel Books!Please check out a more in-depth explanation of the process on my blog, and sign up for my newsletter if you want to be sure to get news on the book’s progress! Read more about the book here.
We’re expecting a Fall 2014 release date.
Feel free to watch my video about it:
Here’s me discussing different ways you can find literary agents to query. I give a lot of great tips on specific websites you can use to find people who might be interested in representing your work, as well as more traditional methods and some contest information.
Here’s me discussing the process of going on submission to publishers through my literary agent and sharing some perspectives on what it’s been like.
I was on a panel discussion on HuffPost Live this morning:
This half-hour news feature was hosted by Ricky Camilerri, and it included sex researcher Lori Brotto, journalist Dominique Mosbergen, and asexual activists David Jay, Micah R., and me. We discussed our personal experiences as asexual people, how intimacy works for asexual people, and how we fit under the queer umbrella.
It ended up really cool and it brought in a lot of attention, and it might be good for upping my publishing prospects for the nonfiction book, So You Think You’re Asexual. Stay tuned for good news!
Here’s me discussing how I got my nonfiction agent, with some explanations of what went into my book proposal and how nonfiction is different from fiction in this regard!
I didn’t really want to go all out on making a “how to write book proposals” video because I don’t really feel like I’m qualified to do that. I understood fiction querying very well but I haven’t had much training (or time put in) on book proposals so what worked for me probably won’t transfer easily to anyone else’s project unless they just follow the outline really vaguely and build upon it.
Here’s me on Mary Sues.
This video discusses the “Mary Sue” character—defines what it is, discusses how the term is sometimes misused, and teaches you how to write extraordinary characters without making them Sues.