I’m very excited that I’ve been selected to be a mentor in the eighth round of Author Mentor Match, which is a program that pairs aspiring writers with more experienced industry professionals. I was a mentee in round 6 of AMM, and truly think this is an amazing resource, and now I get to pay it forward and do for another writer what my mentor did for me.

Selected mentees in AMM get a skilled person to critique their manuscript, which is amazing and helped me level up my writing, but they also get access to a whole community to answer questions about this very opaque industry.

I’m specifically mentoring middle-grade books, and you can find my wishlist on the AMM website HERE. The submission window is January 11-14, and instructions on how enter are on the AMM site.


So… I’m not going to reach my 100 rejections goal in 2020.  I’m quitting at 71 because I signed with a literary agent.  I’m thrilled to announce I am now represented by Quressa Robinson of Nelson Literary. Having such a brilliant agent help me bring my stubborn, brave heroine to the world is a dream come true.

This still does not feel quite real, but all the paperwork is signed and filed so I think it must be.   THE SEA WITCH’S DAUGHTER is one step closer to having a home.

Thank you to everyone who has been so, so supportive as I walk along this very rocky trad publishing path which, frankly, has way too many prickle bushes and not nearly enough cake vendors.