First Draft Monthly Newsletter: March 2021
Latest episodes, upcoming events, a special deal for the weekly newsletter and more
👋 Hey friends! Welcome to the First Draft Monthly Newsletter for March 2021.
It’s been a strange few weeks. I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (vaccinations and a re-opened world in the U.S.), but there’s miles of tunnel left to go. I got notes back from my agent, which is wonderful and exciting. But I printed out my book and the weight of fixing up all those words is really real.
I’ve been so grateful to have First Draft. Through the podcast, I’m still connecting with creative people, even if it’s over Zoom. I hope it’s made you feel like a part of an ongoing conversation as all of us look around and wonder, “Does it feel like this for you, too?”
You’re not alone. Be gentle with all that you’re carrying. I’m going to try reminding myself of that, too.
Be well, be safe, and happy listening. ❤️
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This weekend is the North Texas Teen Book Festival, one of my favorite book events every year! It’s happening virtually on Saturday, March 6 and I am moderating the “Crazy Stupid Love” panel at 2 p.m. CT with: Maria E. Andreu, Elise Bryant, Sharon G. Flake, Diana Ma, Jennifer Niven, and Renée Watson!
🎧 Recent First Draft Episodes
#292: Mary H. K. Choi
Mary H. K. Choi, New York Times bestselling author of Emergency Contact and Permanent Record and her newest YA, Yolk, answers listener questions on revealing personal details in writing, finding your writing intuition, and naps!
#291: Anna Carey
Anna Carey is the author of This is Not The Jess Show. She’s also the author of The Eve Trilogy (Eve, Once, Rise) and the Blackbird series (Blackbird, Deadfall). We talked about the long publishing break wherein Anna quit on a book that wasn’t working and decided to leave her agent. Tons of great info & perspective on making that change.
#290: Loan Le
#289: Catie Disabato
Catie Disabato, author of The Ghost Network and the new adult contemporary novel U Up? Catie has an unusual publishing journey with a smaller press, and she has tons to say about the value of writing fast, fun books.
#288: Matt de la Peña
Matt de la Peña, author of seven critically acclaimed young adult novels including Mexican Whiteboy and Newbery Medal–winning author of Last Stop on Market Street talks about his newest collaboration with illustrator Christian Robinson, Milo Imagines the World. I loved hearing about his work with Christian, and how they are working to center kids of color and from disadvantaged circumstances to broaden empathy for all young readers.
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