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Small Update

Pride Month is here! I really wish I could do a big blog post on favorite characters, or even writing LGBT characters, or anything like that, but fact is: I'm moving! Yay! And that's taking a LOT of my time. I've mostly been putting stuff into bags, packing my books, crying over how desorganized it… Continue reading Small Update

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Calling Out Problematic Books

From time to time, we see this come up in book twitter. A book is flagged as problematic, or has some content that we have an issue with. First of all, this is NORMAL. Not every book is going to be perfect. I dare say we are all problematic from time to time, and make… Continue reading Calling Out Problematic Books

personal, writing post

Discussing Identity, and when it’s not Enough

The other day I read a convo on twitter that made me really think about how we often see ourselves, and how we can hurt someone else when we are hurting. It revolved around the new Blade Runner trailer, and the fact that there are no visible POC on it. Often in sci-fi movies the… Continue reading Discussing Identity, and when it’s not Enough

writing post

The Sexualization of Teen characters in YA Romance (and why it needs to end)

Sit down because this is one reeeeeally long post. Recently I was talking to a friend about something that deeply bothered me in book blurbs - the use of the word "sexy". Often, I see it used in erotic books - which are totally fine! - but still feel weird. What troubles me is the… Continue reading The Sexualization of Teen characters in YA Romance (and why it needs to end)

writing post

Going Deep into POV

This is something all writers wonder at some point in our story. Choosing which POV will be used is something hard, especially because it's the lens through which we'll see the story pass. POV - short for point of view - is one of the most important elements within a story. Why? Because it shapes… Continue reading Going Deep into POV

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Staying in Your Lane (And Other Publishing Woes)

Authors of Color and often LGBT writers always talk about "staying in your lane" when it comes to other writers that don't share a marginalization with the character they are writing. More often than not, this is seen as a really restricting view on writing, as if POC are telling other writers NOT TO WRITE… Continue reading Staying in Your Lane (And Other Publishing Woes)

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The 2017 Guide to Behaving in Publishing when your book is called out

Hello friends! Due to the crazy amount of responses we've been seing on the internet regarding a push back against sensitivity readers (whaaaaaaaat?) and what not, I decided to write a guide on how to behave if your book gets called out. First of all, let's sort some things straight. SENSITIVITY READERS ARE NECESSARY. They're… Continue reading The 2017 Guide to Behaving in Publishing when your book is called out