When Your Surprise Ending Is Not A Surprise

Recently, I received feedback from one of my beta readers about a YA short story of mine, and they pointed out that I had set the reader up for a surprise ending but hadn’t delivered. And of course, they’re right. In this draft, the narrator tells the...

Air Frames in “Home of the Brave”

Earlier this week, Founder and Publisher of Tu Books Stacy Whitman collected a list of children’s books about the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. It reminded me of Allen Say’s Home of the Brave, and the work I had done as part of my graduate...

How I Edit

“Somehow, great editors ask the right questions or pose things to you that get you to write better. It’s a dance between you, your characters, and your editor.” – Patricia MacLachlan I’ve been thinking about how I like to be edited, which made...

Boo! It’s a ghost(writer)

Recently, I was asked for advice concerning ghostwriting. I’ve ghost-written non-fiction book proposals, and while I was at the agency there were several authors that ghostwrote fiction and non-fiction. Generally, the publisher signs a contract with the author,...

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