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Author: one that originates or creates; the writer of a literary work (as a book)

I mentioned in a previous post that I will be attending Yallwest this weekend. I’m super excited to see some of my favorite authors and be among book-loving people like me. The line-up is incredible–over 100 YA authors will be in attendance. Many of them have written some of my favorite books. I went through the list to make notes on which authors’…

Rejection: the dismissing or refusing of a proposal, idea, etc

Rejection: I knew it was coming. It was inevitable. And now that I’ve received my first rejection, I’m actually feeling okay about it. I’m not feeling dejected (sad and depressed; dispirited) and maybe that’s because I prepared myself for the high likelihood of rejection. Or perhaps I’m not too disappointed because I did get a full manuscript request on Saturday.…

Fine-tooth comb: an attitude or system of thorough searching or scrutinizing

I’m getting my manuscript ready for #DVPit next week. It’s a scheduled Twitter pitch session for books by and about diverse characters. Since my book features characters from various races and ethnicities in the melting pot of Hawaii, it seems like a perfect candidate for #DVPit. I’ve come up with some sample pitches that I will post throughout the day.…

Fangirl: an obsessive female fan (usually of movies, comic books, or science fiction)

I have a confession to make. I’m kind of a fangirl when it comes to my favorite books and authors. Not like the obsessive, camp-out for midnight book releases kind of fangirl (though, I will admit, I did go to the midnight release for Breaking Dawn). I don’t go to book signings or preorder entire series or send random gift packages…

Persona: the aspect of someone’s character that is presented to or perceived by others

If you’ve been following my past few entries, you’ll remember how I contrasted the process I had writing a memoir/novel and my current work in progress, “Book One.” (I promise, I’m almost settled on the title and I will reveal it soon!) Today I want to talk about my feelings regarding those characters and how I portrayed them. In the…

Creativity: the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

Today I want to talk about the different approaches I took between writing a book based on personal experiences and a book that was completely fictitious. The other day, I mentioned how in 2010, I began writing a YA book based on my own personal experience. It was about a summer romance I experienced when I was eighteen, with a gnarly…

Query: ask a question about something, especially in order to express one’s doubts about it

Since I’m patiently waiting for my beta readers, I have more time and incentive to blog. Hurray! So, let’s talk about querying. First of all, “query” is rather a “queer” word. And then you add the “ing” to the end and it’s super awkward to say. But alas, for writers, querying is necessary. While I did work for a stint at…