Get It Published: An Author Discussion Panel

My awesome local library hosted an author discussion panel this month – and my new super amazing writer friend Janet Sumner Johnson asked me to be on it.

How cool is that?

I got to meet the super fantastic Laura Shovan and the three of us talked about our wacky weird journeys from writer to published author. We covered everything from writing the first draft to getting a publishing deal – and all the joys and frustrations in between.

It was fun. Fun to be part of – and extra fun to hear Janet and Laura present. As Sweet Sixteeners, they are pros at this – so in addition to getting to sit at the table with them, I got to watch how they do this whole author presentation thing. And I learned a lot.

Win. Win.

Janet Sumner Johnson and Laura Shovan
If you’re looking for some wonderful middle grade reads, check out their books, THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY and THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY.


Extra big thanks to the Klamath County Library for hosting the event – and to Janet and Laura for inviting me to be part of it. You’ve just gotta love the middle grade writing community.





My Much Anticipated Edit Letter

My edit letter arrived today! I’m super excited, a little scared, and about to¬† burst with the desire to dig in and make this the best book I can.


I printed the whole thing out (sorry trees – I’m planting two of you guys in the spring, I promise), highlighted, sticky-noted, and am now ready to cut, trim, clarify, and rethink. The best thing is that my editor, Kristin, is totally in sync with my vision. Her questions are great, her suggestions are spot on, and I am so excited to tear into this book again.

(The second best thing is that after reading the whole novel again, I still like it – phew).

If you need me, I’ll be at my desk. Send chocolates and coffee, good thoughts, and maybe a glass of wine or two. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.