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Meet Jessica Bayliss: BROKEN CHORDS, Palm Beach Peril and More

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I’ve benefited in so many amazing ways from being a part of the Pitch Wars community…and one of them has been the chance to meet my incredible critique partner, Jessica Bayliss. She’s got so many exciting projects going on right now, including the release of her very first YA novella and the fact that she just sat on her first authors’ panel with none other than the legendary R.L. Stine. So, of course, I invited her on the blog to share the love.

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A Bird’s-Eye View of Blue Crow Publishing

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Lauren Faulkenberry and Katie Rose Guest Pryal are authors and also the founders of Blue Crow Publishing, LLC, an independent press founded in 2016 with headquarters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Full disclosure—Katie and I were in the same writing seminar for an entire semester in college, yet somehow didn’t formally meet until many years later, at Wildacres Retreat in the North Carolina mountains.

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Becca Syme: Helping Fellow Authors Write Better, Faster

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I’m not calling anybody out here, but there were—ahem!—five years between the publication of my first novel, THE MEMORY THIEF, and my second one, THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER. In between, I wrote another book. I loved the storyline and my crazy, flawed characters—but alas, the plot didn’t quite coalesce, and so after over a year of writing and revisions, I had to scrap it and start a new project.

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Susan Bishop Crispell Dreams in Chocolate

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Susan Bishop Crispell’s second novel, DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE, hits bookshelves today as a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Winter 2018 Okra Pick. It’s gotten awesome reviews from Kirkus, RT Book Reviews, and PopSugar. But it almost didn’t see the light of day, despite the fact that she had a deadline and a contract with a publisher.

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A Bird’s-Eye View of Blue Crow Publishing

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Lauren Faulkenberry and Katie Rose Guest Pryal are authors and also the founders of Blue Crow Publishing, LLC, an independent press founded in 2016 with headquarters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Full disclosure—Katie and I were in the same writing seminar for an entire semester in college, yet somehow didn’t formally meet until many years later, at Wildacres Retreat in the North Carolina mountains.

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Becca Syme: Helping Fellow Authors Write Better, Faster

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I’m not calling anybody out here, but there were—ahem!—five years between the publication of my first novel, THE MEMORY THIEF, and my second one, THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER. In between, I wrote another book. I loved the storyline and my crazy, flawed characters—but alas, the plot didn’t quite coalesce, and so after over a year of writing and revisions, I had to scrap it and start a new project.

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Book Review: All the Missing Girls

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I have a confession to make. For the past six months—other than research for my upcoming novel—I’ve almost exclusively read young adult lit: Tahereh Mafi, Michelle Hodkin, Sally Green, Rick Yancey, Marie Lu, John Green, Cassandra Clare, Jandy Nelson, Julie Kagawa.

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My Second Novel is Coming Out Next Summer!

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I am thrilled beyond words to announce that Ballantine Books will publish my as-yet-untitled second novel in Summer 2017. Right now, the book is in the revision phase with my editor, and we’re going back and forth, tightening it down—for those of you who know me well, it will come as no surprise that I tend to overwrite—and making it as good as it can possibly be.

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