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EMU's Debuts · 4d ago

Thank You and Fare Well!

All sorts of words can be used to describe the purpose of this post. Goodbye. Farewell. Ta-ta. Later. Adios. Adieu. Ciao. See ya. But I most like “farewell” because my feelings about leaving...
EMU's Debuts · 1W ago

After the Ecstasy, the Editing

Everything editors, agents, and authors have told me at SCBWI conferences has turned out to be true, particularly the things I didn’t believe would be true for me. For example, I’ve been tol...
EMU's Debuts · 3W ago

Revision—To Quit or To Quilt?

I’m going to give it to you straight. Writing is challenging enough, but to revise a manuscript—to critically reconsider each element and rework it—takes next-level commitment. Everything ma...
EMU's Debuts · 1M ago

My Baby is Real!

As you can tell from a lot of our posts on Emu’s Debuts, the path to publication is a long one. It’s been over two years now since my debut picture book, WHOBERT WHOVER, OWL DETECTIVE, sold....
EMU's Debuts · 1M ago

Writing Through Doubt: How This Impossible Light was Born

My debut book’s path to publication was an unusual and lucky one. During my sophomore year of college, as part of the Wesleyan University slam poetry team, I performed my poem “Shrinking Wom...
EMU's Debuts · 1M ago

Answering the Question: “Why Did You Write This Story?”

Recently, I sat with my marketing team at HarperCollins and discussed different ideas for promoting my novel, The Poet X. People often ask me what my novel is about (which is a question I ha...
EMU's Debuts · 1M ago

I Need Space (and so do you!)

Ever feel so focused on the details of a manuscript that you actually lose sight of the entire work? Maybe you are working on the pacing or world building or hunting down ‘telling’ to replac...
EMU's Debuts · 2M ago

Writers Need Cats

Writers need cats. Not to say that other pets aren’t lovely, as well. In fact, I don’t consider myself a strictly cat person–more of an “everything” person (bring on the critters!). But when...
EMU's Debuts · 2M ago

There is Room for All of Us

My first real fiction writing was in college, when I wrote and performed in a sketch comedy group.  It’s been twenty years since I’ve seen or read anything we wrote back then, so I have no p...
EMU's Debuts · 2M ago

Let Nature Nurture You, and Wash Your Spirit Clean

Readers of Terry Pierce’s cozy MAMA LOVES YOU SO will encounter many poetic images of nature nurturing the young, reminding us that nature has room to nurture us at any age.  Terry will be g...