Wikimedia+Libraries Convention in Maynooth, Ireland

Last month I was invited to speak at the Wikimedia + Libraries Convention in Maynooth, Ireland, a thirty minute train ride outside of Dublin. I hosted a short presentation about my experiences creating Wikipedia-based content on TikTok, as well as how library studies should be researching and utilizing short-form video as an accessible avenue for……

“Growing Up Magical” at the 2022 Nebula Conference

Last month, I was invited to speak at the virtual 2022 Nebula Conference. The Nebula Conference is hosted every year by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), one of my favorite professional organizations. I spoke on the “Growing Up Magical” panel alongside the amazing authors Darcie Little Badger, Elisa A. Bonnin, Leslie Vedder,……

Author Visits in the Time of Remote Learning

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Back in October, I wrote an article about virtual author visits for the Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators blog, Kite Tales. In that article, I offer some new models for authors engage with schools, libraries, and bookstores virtually. With COVID cases rising, adapting to virtual technologies is more important than ever. While traditional……

How I Built My TikTok Platform

As a writer, I’ve spent years trying to build a “platform.” You hear it time and again: if you want publishers to invest in you, they need to know that you can build and maintain an audience. They want to publish books by authors with a built-in fan base. Follower counts on Instagram and Twitter……

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How I Found My Agent

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When I wrote my post about being on submission, I realized I’ve never shared the story of how I got my agent. You’ve probably heard that there are a lot of different paths to getting an agent or getting published. The most common is to send agents query letters until you find one who connects……

The Wall of Fear

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Whenever anyone asks how I started writing, I think back to the beginning. My answer usually has something to do with fanfiction, or with sitting at my computer screen with one of Meg Cabot’s books propped open in my lap to use as a model. Sometimes I talk about the hours I spent roleplaying on……

Capitalism and Individualism in Magic Systems

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Why is magic so focused on the individual? This article was featured in The Aramchek Dispatch, a zine put together by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Club and Creative Writing Club at Cal State Fullerton. Unfortunately, the block quotes around quoted material were omitted in that edition. Please note……