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As a teacher, what I loved most was the interaction with the students and finding ways to get them excited about learning new things. As a parent, I love watching my kids discover something for the first time or figure out a way to do something that might require out-of-the-box thinking.

And as an author, one of my favorite things is talking with kids (and teachers & librarians!) and seeing them so enthusiastic about reading and writing. I LOVE IT.

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Which is why some author friends and I started AUTHOR SKYPE CLUB. Smile Classes or clubs can Skype with an author for a FREE 20-minute Q&A session. Ask about the writing process, publishing, or even book recommendations. (We also love to hear your book recs!) Or if you’ve read the author’s book, go ahead and ask about the inside secrets or share your thoughts. Of course, there’s limited availability, but there’s a whole bunch of us who are happy to set up a time with you. Teachers, librarians, scout leaders, book clubs . . . check it out at!


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Happy Birthday to THE BFF BUCKET LIST!


I can’t believe it’s been a year since my first book hit the shelves. IMG_0260

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(Okay, so this was actually a few days before release, but it was the first time I saw it in the store—right next to Harry Potter! ---->)

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Query.Sign.Submit.Debut! with Wendy McLeod MacKnight

Wendy McLeod MacKnight Author It's a Mystery Pig Face

Wendy is a middle grade author and her debut, It’s a Mystery, Pig Face!, is now  available from Sky Pony Press! She is represented by LKG Agency.

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What advice would you give to querying writers?

This one is painful for me because it’s something I did, but here goes: are you sure you’re ready to query? Is your book as good as it can be, your query as tight as it can be, your first ten pages or three chapters the best they can be? For so many of us, despite the research we do in advance of querying, we aren’t quite ready. I’d say that at least the first ten agents I queried have lost minutes off their lives that they can never get back! And honestly, if you’d asked me the question point blank, I would have said “Well, it could be better, anything can be better, right?” If you have that thought in your head, do not hit send! Work some more, get another pair of eyes on it until you can honestly say “This is the best I can do at this point.” Once you can do that, hit send.

How did you keep track of your queries?

With my trusty excel spreadsheet. Every now and then I go back and look at it, so I can remain grateful and humble.

What was your method for querying? Small batches? Query widely? Wait for feedback?

I think I did five to ten at a time. If I received feedback with my rejection, I was giddy. It felt like I’d met a traveller on the road who’d whispered “You might want to try this.” Then I’d revise, and try again. Finally, by the last batch of ten I knew I had hit the sweet spot, I think almost all of them wanted to see the full manuscript.

What do you wish you’d known back when you were in the query trenches?

That I was always an author, even then. Unpublished mind you, but still an author. And it only takes one yes to change everything.


Are there any specific questions you’d suggest writers ask an offering agent during “The Call”?

Mostly I wanted to know was why they loved the book, what changes they thought were required before submission, and whether or not they were an editorial agent.

What was the week surrounding your offer(s) of representation like for you?

Kind of surreal. I was now in the forties in terms of agents I’d submitted to, and suddenly forty-six, forty-seven and forty-nine were interested. I share those numbers because I want your readers to know that some of us soar, some of us slog. I was in the latter camp, but it doesn’t matter so long as you get there in the end!

How did you know your agent was the right one for you?

This isn’t my first rodeo. I knew the work would be hard and potentially heartbreaking and potentially thrilling. I wanted someone who not only liked the book, but who was funny and interesting and wise. I got all three with my agent Lauren Galit of LKG Agency. When we drifted off-topic and began discussing the Marvel Universe I knew she was for me.

Once a writer has signed with an agent, what’s the next step?

That’s when the work really begins. She loved the book but had all kinds of suggestions about how we could make it better. So I rolled up my sleeves and got to work!

At what point do you share new story ideas with your agent?

Nowadays, as soon as I think of them! I find it a lot easier to write a synopsis and debate and then send a few sample chapters after. I didn’t on a project I worked on last year, and I think I could have saved myself a lot of time and heartache if I had!


What is a typical first round like once a writer goes on submission?

My agent shares who she’s submitting to and why, and then we see who’s interested. My experience is that a bunch of people drop out quickly and the rest wait until the very last minute, usually waiting until someone else has expressed some interest!

Do you see the feedback from editors?

My agent shares all of the feedback, which is awesomely painful

What do you suggest a writer does while out on submission?

Write, although I don’t always follow that advice. I don’t write every day; often I am doing research or plotting. And sometimes you will catch me doing a major houseclean after neglecting the house for so long!

How much contact do you have with your agent when you are out on submission?

Um, I TRY not to bug her. Really, I do try. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Can you check in with your agent if there hasn’t been any news in a while?

Absolutely! My agent is the most responsive person I know! She is remarkable that way.

Did you know there was interest in the book before you got an offer or was it a surprise?

No – my agent always keeps me in the loop!

How did you celebrate when you got the news about your book deal?

Champagne – always!


What is the best thing about being a debut author?

Besides getting to know other debut authors, which has been a joy, the best thing is the newness. I kind of feel like Bambi right now; I don’t know what I don’t know. I will no doubt regret that later, but sometimes I just revel in the newness of it all! I have yet to become jaded and hope I never will be!

What else are you working on along with all the promotion?

I’ve recently sold another book, so I’ll start editing that soon, and am working on some ideas so I can start writing book #3.

What special things do you get to be a part of as a 2016 debut author?

The Sweet 16 debut group (and the Swanky Seventeens as my pub date is now Feb 7th, 2017) which is a group of authors debuting MG and YA books this year.

What other 2016 debut books have you gotten to read? Did you get to read them early?

I’ve read a bunch early, but I’ll focus on MG lit: Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin, Fenway and Hattie by Victoria Coe, My 7th Grade in Tights by Brooks Benjamin, a certain BFF Bucket List novel, An Adventurers Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White, Monsterville by Sarah S. Reida. Oh I’m just hitting the tip of the iceberg! I can’t name them all but truly, they were all wonderful!

Is there a lot of support among debut authors?

People are amazing, whether it’s answering questions or just being emotionally supportive!

Have you done any conferences, book festivals, or events as an author? What was it like?

I presented at the Canadian Writer’s Summit in June and it was so much fun to talk about the book!

What was it like to see your cover?

Amazing. Honestly, it was exactly like I pictured it! My editor Alison Weiss did an amazing job!

What advice would you give to writers who are working hard to get to their own debut year?

Keep at it. If you work hard, are tenacious, and read the best books written in your genre, you’ll get there, too!

Thank you, Wendy!

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A Picture Book List for International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, here are some great picture books about strong and brave girls and women. Thank you doesn’t seem like enough to say to them, but here it is anyway . . .  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your bravery, and for fighting against injustice.                                                        

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist Hardcover

by Cynthia Levinson


Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

by Michelle Markel



Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote

by Dean Robbins

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote

by Tanya Lee Stone

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles

by Mara Rockliff

Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

by Dean Robbins

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

by Debbie Levy

How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln: The Story Behind the Nation's First Woman Detective

by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk


You guys, I absolutely ADORE this cover.

My middle grade novel, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, comes out August 29, 2017 from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster.

Meet Kenzie Rhines . . .

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About the book:

Kenzie Rhines doesn’t have a home—she has too many. Her dad’s job keeps them flying around the country, which means “home” is whatever fancy hotel they’re currently staying in and “school” takes place 30,000 miles in the air. And since it’s just the two of them, she has no choice but to be his travel partner. Kenzie loves the constant adventures, but she wouldn’t mind planting her feet in one place for longer than two seconds, having her own bed, and maybe even finding a best friend she can talk to.

When Kenzie’s dad surprises her with the news that they’ll be in Las Vegas for an extended business trip, she’s thrilled he wants to enroll her in a local middle school while they’re there. And even though it's the longest she’s been in one place in years, Kenzie knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s on the move yet again. So, for the first time in her life, she decides to take some risks: why not let the cutest boy in school know she’s got a bit of a crush on him, give it a shot and audition for the school musical--The Wizard of Oz (her all-time favorite movie), and run for VP of her class?

Thanks to her plan, Kenzie discovers a courage she didn’t know she had—and finally feels like she belongs somewhere. But when things start to get complicated, Kenzie discovers that she’ll have to face the consequences of everything she’s done since her arrival--and that maybe home isn't necessarily a place on a map, but where your heart is.

Ten Tips for Write on Con 2017

Write On Con

Write on Con is an online writing conference and it’s INCREDIBLE. You won’t believe the resources, insider tips, and feedback available for writers. Here are ten tips to help you get started.

*(If you're not registered yet, there's still time!

To get the most out of the conference . . .

1.  Follow on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for the forums. You should do this before the conference even begins. You can even start posting in the forums ahead of time. Facebook ( Twitter (

2. Set up your profile. Once you're in the forums, go to "Profile" at the top and "Edit Profile" on the right. Fill in as much as you want, and upload a photo under "Avatar" if you want more than the generic avatar. (More below on what to put in "Signature" box under "Personal")

3. There are threads in the forum to post your query, first 250 words, and first 5 pages. This is a great chance to get feedback on your work.  If you choose to, you can edit based on comments and get additional feedback on the new versions. *If it’s not a complete ms, you can mark it as a WIP so agents/editors know. It does not have to be complete.

4. Read the "PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE POSTING" post at the top of the category. It will tell you how to format your subject line and post, and gives you some general rules.

5.  You can add links in your signature and you should. That means people can find all of your work, whether it’s your own post or when you comment on someone else’s. Because, let’s face it, when you read a great query or sample, you want to read more! You can also add your title and pitch if you’d like, or your social media links.

Here’s how- (option 1)

Once you have your posts up, copy the urls and paste them on Notepad or in Word. Go to Profile, then Edit Profile. Under Personal, add the links in the signature box. Here’s a sample signature line (obviously there would be different urls).

MG Query:
MG First 250:

Type whatever you want linked, and put the url next to it.

Here's how - (option 2)

If you want things listed so people can simply click on them, you can embed the link in your text. For example,

YA Query ~ YA First 250 ~ YA First 5 pages 


Query ~ First 250 ~ First 5 pages 

Once you have your posts up, copy the urls and paste them on Notepad or in Word. Go to Profile, then Edit Profile. Under Personal, use the code below and replace YOUR URL HERE with your link and YOUR TEXT HERE with the text you want to link. (Adjust for however many links you need.)

[url=http://YOUR URL HERE/]YOUR TEXT HERE[/url] ~ [url=http://YOUR URL HERE//]YOUR TEXT HERE[/url] ~ [url=https:YOUR URL HERE/]YOUR TEXT HERE[/url]

Whenever you post or make a comment, your signature will appear below your post.

6. Comment in the forums and make friends! It’s so much fun to read everyone’s work and you get to help out other writers at the same time. Again, make sure you link to to your query, first 250 words, first 5 pages, and website/blog/twitter handle so people can find you and return the favor.

If you want to follow someone, click on his/her name and click "Follow" over on the right on the profile page.

7. Find a critique partner. There's a place in the forums called "Critique Partner Connection." Post your own info or respond to other posts to connect. Or if there's a query or sample you love that you'd like to read more of, you can always message that person and ask if he/she is looking for a critique partner. (Keep in mind that some people are all set with critique partners, so don't be offended if they say no thank you.)

8. Check the schedule. There are so many great things that go on on during this conference.  Seriously. In the past they’ve had live chats, where you can ask questions or simply lurk, informative blog posts, and plenty of chances to learn.

If you signed up for the extended registration, it'll all still be available later if you can’t be there for it.

9.  Take a few notes. This is a great opportunity to get that personal first line when you send out your query letter. Look for those tidbits from agents during chats and forum posts and let them know you learned a lot from them at Write On Con! It’s also a good way to help you find agents that might be interested in your work.

10.  Have fun!

You’ll find me over there as Dee. Come say hello. :)

Query.Sign.Submit.Debut. with Lisa Koosis!

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Lisa is a young adult author and her debut, Resurrecting Sunshine, is now available from Albert Whitman & Co./AW Teen! She is represented by Brianne Johnson of Writers House.cover92821-medium

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What resources and websites did you use when querying?

For researching agents, I used both QueryTracker and AgentQuery. But I didn’t use those exclusively. I think it’s also important to visit each agent’s website before querying, for specific guidelines on submissions and what they’re looking for, as well as to make sure that they’re currently accepting submissions. I also never submitted without checking Preditors and Editors, which is a great resource to make sure you’re submitting to legitimate agents and agencies. And don’t miss Manuscript Wishlist, which is an amazing resource for finding potential agent matches for your manuscript. Also, I can’t recommend Twitter enough for querying writers. It’s a great place to interact with agents and other publishing professionals in an informal environment. You can get a solid idea of agent likes and dislikes, as well as a taste of their personalities before you query them formally. (Just please don’t query on Twitter!) By following the right people, you can also get news about pitch/query contests, as well as some excellent advice on querying from agented writers.

Had you queried other books before the one that got you your agent?

Yes. RESURRECTING SUNSHINE was the fourth manuscript I’d queried, but my first YA manuscript. In fact, after over seven years of querying I’d collected nearly 200 rejections. So don’t stop!

Are there any conferences you attended that really helped you move forward as a writer during this stage?

Yes! At the time our local SCBWI chapter announced their upcoming conference, I’d just embarked on something like the billionth round of revisions on RESURRECTING SUNSHINE. I was frustrated and exhausted and so close to calling it quits for good. I really wanted to attend the conference, hoping for a little pick-me-up, but couldn’t afford the registration fee, so my significant other made me a deal. If I got through at least three chapters of my revision by the registration deadline, he’d pay not only for me to attend the conference, but for a critique as well. So I did, and he upheld his end of the bargain. I ended up getting critiqued by a wonderful editor who told me, “You can write” and that she loved my beginning and wanted to see the whole manuscript. I emailed it off to her, making sure she understood that revisions were in progress. We subsequently exchanged several emails, wherein she rejected my manuscript but said she hoped to see it again post-revision, that she thought I was on the right track. So with renewed enthusiasm I continued with the revisions. Those revisions ultimately led to signing with an agent, and the editor in question did indeed get to see the manuscript again, this time when it was formally on submission. And while she ultimately rejected it as not right for her imprint, I have her to thank for giving me the motivation to continue on at a time when I wasn’t sure I had it in me.


What was the week surrounding your offer(s) of representation like for you?

Nobody else was home when “The Call” came. My family was away on vacation. My significant other was at work and unreachable. So I shot off a text message to my significant other, then an email to my critique partner with about a zillion exclamation points in the subject field, and then I danced with my dog. Yes, seriously, I danced with my dog and then fed her way too many biscuits. (She didn’t complain either about the dancing or about the biscuits.) The rest of the week was a blur, though I do have a vague memory of a celebration dinner with my significant other. In some ways, I found myself filled with more uncontainable excitement over signing with my agent than I did when I actually sold my book. I think it was because I’d spent so many years querying, whereas submission was a matter of months.

How did you know your agent was the right one for you?

I’d just returned from walking my dog that Friday to find an email with the subject heading: time to talk this afternoon? It was from the agent I’d been corresponding with over the last few days. In the email she said she was headed to Book Expo America for meetings shortly, but that if I got the email within the next hour to please give her a call. So without any time to prep (or to get myself too worked up), I dialed her number. Now I’m not much of a phone person, but I felt an instant click with Bri. Her enthusiasm for my book was incredible, and so were her ideas for revision, but more than that, it was how easy the conversation was for me. I felt instantly that we were on the same wavelength, and I pretty much knew right away that she was the agent for me. I had other offers of representation that week, from other terrific agents, and I gave them serious consideration…but I knew deep down that Bri was the one.

How editorial is your agent? Is it what you expected?

My agent is very editorial. Right after signing we went through a major revision/expansion of the book. I don’t know that I had any specific expectations since I’d understood that some agents were editorial and others weren’t. Personally, I like having an agent who is so editorial because I feel that the manuscript eventually going out on submission is by far a stronger manuscript than I could have put together alone. But I do think for a relationship with an editorial agent to work, you really need to trust her skill and her judgment, which I do, 100%.


Do you see the feedback from editors?

Yes. At the time we went out on submission, my agent recommended that she save all feedback until we finished the first round of submissions. She said that this way we could look for common threads and make a more educated decision about possible revisions before we embarked on a second round. I actually enjoyed getting feedback from so many editors and found it overwhelmingly encouraging rather than discouraging.

What is the next step if an editor shows interest?

It varies. I had two editors interested in my book. One went straight to acquisitions. The other wanted to have a phone conversation with me first.

What do you suggest a writer does while out on submission?

This may sound like a strange suggestion but I’d say: enjoy it! I know a lot of writers find the submission phase to be stressful and unpleasant. But I think there’s another way to look at it. Personally, I look at it as a period of possibility and potential. Yes, there were days when paranoia would take over and I’d stress out over the waiting, or over the prospect that the book wouldn’t sell and my agent would abandon me and I’d be done before I even started. But more often I would wake up feeling like today could be the day…the day that my life changed forever. And I loved that feeling.

Did you know there was interest in the book before you got an offer or was it a surprise?

Yes. My agent sent me an email to tell me we had interest from an editor, and that my book was going to acquisitions. My agent also explained not to get too excited, that things can very easily fall apart during that stage. The next day, I got another email telling me we had a second house interested.


What is the best thing about being a debut author?

It’s hard to pick one thing. Mostly, it’s the realization that something I’ve worked towards my whole life is about to be a reality, that all my hard work has paid off. But it’s also seeing readers respond to my book, to my characters. It’s the moments when someone posts a review of my book that just says, “Wow.”

What do you wish you had known about being a debut author?

I wish I had known that as amazing as it could be, it would also be terrifying, that I would hit a point where just about everything I did would be out of my comfort zone. I wish I had known that there would be times when I’d give anything to make the whole thing stop…and that it was pretty normal to feel that way, and that it would eventually pass.

What advice would you give to writers who are working hard to get to their own debut year?

What we do…trying to get a book published…it can be brutal. At times it can seem impossible. You might feel like you’re never going to get there. You’ll receive criticism…sometimes harsh criticism. There will be people who will go flying past you. There will be frustration, disappointment, insecurity, jealousy. But there are also amazing moments. When you find a critique partner you click with. The very first time you query a newly polished manuscript. The first time you get personal feedback from an agent. The first time you get positive personal feedback an agent. Full manuscript requests. My advice is to embrace the good things. Enjoy those moments and let them fuel you to move forward. And don’t be afraid to step away if you need to. Just always come back.

Thank you, Lisa!

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Our New Cover! (And TWO giveaways!)

BestNightEver_cvr[2745]It started with the idea of writing a story based around one event, from multiple points of view, with seven middle grade authors. Some of us were already friends (we all are now!), but the main connection was that we all have books out with Aladdin/S&S. And on August 15, 2017 we’ll have a book out in the world together. Smile

We were thrilled when we saw the adorable cover, perfectly capturing each character’s personality. My character is Jade, in the upper right corner, and she’s ready to cause some trouble.

About the book: Love Actually meets Adventures in Babysitting in this hilarious novel written by seven authors about seven classmates who are preparing for a crazy night at their middle school dance.

Lynnfield Middle School is prepped and ready for a dance to remember, including an awesome performance from Heart Grenade, the all-girl band who recently won a Battle of the Bands contest. Seven classmates—Carmen, Genevieve, Tess, Ryan, Ellie, Ashlyn, and Jade—intend to make the most of the night…or at least the five of them who are able to attend do. The other two would sacrifice almost anything to be there.

One thing’s for sure—this entire crew is in for one epic night! Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, Jen Malone, Gail Nall, and Dee Romito have created a charming, hilarious, and relatable novel that’s perfect for anyone who can’t wait to dance the night away.

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Behind the Book with Bridget Hodder

 Behind The BookTell us about something about the making of a book that most people don't know.

A new author has so much to learn. I confess that, despite reading, networking, and educating myself on the publishing process before I sold, most of the "behind the book" stuff on THE RAT PRINCE came as a complete surprise to me!

For example, I wasn't sure what to expect from copyedits...or how a book's cover and/or illustrations were created...or how many rounds of edits my manuscript might require...or how far in advance of release I might be hearing from the in-house publicist...and many more things.

On each and every one of those issues, I needed counsel directly from my editor, Margaret Ferguson, or my agent, Eric Myers.

At first, I couldn't help feeling kind of ashamed that I didn't know these things already. Why, after so much diligent study of the topic, was I so ignorant about it? I was embarrassed, in spite of my agent and editor's reassurances...until I finally realized something I want to share with you right now, to spare you the trouble of worrying:

You can never know all the ins and outs of your personal publishing journey beforehand, because the details of how a book gets from manuscript to finished product vary widely, not only between publishing houses, but between editors-- even at the same house.

Let's look at just a few concrete examples, so you can see what I mean. I gathered these from the collective experiences of my 2016 debut group, The Sweet Sixteens.

*Different publishing houses might refer to the same documents as "galleys" or as "first pass pages"; or they might refer to bound uncorrected proofs differently, as "ARCs" or as "Bound Galleys".

*Some editors use Word documents with "track changes" for revisions; others prefer to do it on paper, by hand, and will send you successive versions in package form.

*Some copyeditors use a light touch, correcting only grammar, alignment issues on the page, spelling, and factual details (such as your hero driving a car that wasn't manufactured until 10 years later than the setting of your book). Others take a broader editorial approach, and may return your manuscript with comments about theme or plot development!

*Some editors will ask for authors' input on cover art, and even incorporate some of the author's suggesions. But it's far more standard practice that authors are not involved in the cover design process.

*Some editors are involved in promotion and publicity, tweeting their authors' milestones and helping suggest and brainstorm marketing opportunities; but this is not part of their job description. It's a matter of personal style. So if your editor doesn't happen to do those things, it doesn't reflect a lack of commitment to, or enthusiasm for, your book!

This is just a smattering of the ways in which your book's creation can differ from anyone else's.

So it's worth repeating what these examples demonstrate: Each publishing house has its own internal culture. And within those separate cultures, each editor has her or his own way of getting things done.

Add to this the fact that like any business, publishing is subject to random change, and to the ebb, flow and crash of market forces. Editors move on to other presses. Publishing houses are acquired by larger conglomerates. The market for a certain genre could dry up overnight. So ultimately, no one at your publishing house can predict what will happen. Not your publicist, your editor, the head of your one. (Not without a crystal ball, anyway.)

What, then, is a newly sold author to do? Give up before s/he gets started? (You know the answer is "no", don't you?)

I'm certainly not an expert, but here are two things that really worked for me:

**Don't be afraid or ashamed to ask in a professional way about things you don't understand. Just follow ordinary business protocols, be considerate of your agent and editor's time, and respect any working parameters that have been set between you.

**Network and find author friends. Many of the shifting grey areas in publishing can be explored by a group of  caring, confidential connections. There are a variety of ways to build a network with other debut authors, but be sure to earn and verify two-way trust before you get to a deep level of sharing, particularly if you met these connections via social media. You'll want to be certain that you connect with folks you feel genuinely comfortable with... in terms of their core belief systems, as well as the things they write about, and how they write them. Proceed with caution in the beginning, and don't commit to supporting someone's work until you've read it. Once you've established a network you can feel sure of, make sure to be a contributor to, as well as a recipient of, support. Respect and reciprocity are the keys to any good networking relationship.

So, why does publishing seem somewhat mysterious to outsiders, and even to insiders? Because it is, in fact, somewhat mysterious.

Let's all embrace the mystery together.

Group hug!

Bridget Hodder

BridgetHodderHeadShotBridget Hodder was an archaeologist, then an autism specialist, before she became an author. She bakes triple layer cakes, makes vanilla pudding from scratch, and gives her home-made fudge and toffee as holiday gifts.

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