Writing Category

Interview with Debut YA Author Shari Green + Book & Starbucks Giveaway

1. Your debut YA book—FOLLOWING CHELSEA—just debuted on October 17th. Can you tell us about your road from starting the story to getting it published? It was a long and winding road! (But that’s probably true of many stories.) I wrote FOLLOWING CHELSEA in 2008, signed with an agent and worked on revisions with her, […]

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5 Tips for Editing Your Own Writing

As a former magazine editor, I often spent my time editing other people’s work, which became a great learning tool when I edited my own work. Before becoming a magazine editor, I was very precious about my words like I CAN’T POSSIBLY CHANGE THAT SENTENCE. But as a freelance writer, my editor’s notes are king. […]

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7 Things Writers Wish You’d Stop Saying to Them

When I tell people I’m a writer, inevitably there comes some questions that are really hard to answer. Well-meaning people ask me questions that NO ONE WOULD ASK ANYBODY ELSE*. I thought my fellow writers could sympathize with this list, and the non-writers can understand why these types of questions bug us. Enjoy! 1. Have […]

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Five Tips for Getting a Personal Essay Published

In March 2013, I sent a personal essay to an editor at MARIE CLAIRE. She expressed interest in it and asked to see a draft. We went back and forth, and then she brought it to her executive editor. She and the executive editor found one sentence in my draft that they were interested in turning […]

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Building a Full-Time Freelance Writing Career

For almost a year now, I’ve been freelance writing and editing. When I worked full-time as a magazine editor, I often pitched and wrote freelance writing assignments because I’m obsessed with magazines. People often ask me how I land assignments so I wanted to share some ideas of what I do to keep working. 1. […]

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In the TV Writers Room: An Interview With Heather Flanders

My friend Darren Belitsky is a funny dude. He’s the head writer at the hilarious Comedy Central show @midnight, which if you haven’t seen, you need to right now. But really, I’ve been impressed with his fiancée Heather Flanders, a talented writer herself, who wrote on the new sitcom, Undateable. I’ll be honest. I’m very […]

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Why We Need Diverse Books

I’m proud to join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign because as an Asian American girl growing up in a mostly Caucasian suburb of New Jersey, I searched for characters who looked like me. Claudia Kishi, bless her, was my role model. She was creative, quirky, and stylish. I’m pretty sure every Asian girl in the 90s looked […]

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An Interview With Celena Cipriaso: Her Advice for TV Writing, Playwriting, & Writing Personal Stories

I first met Celena when we went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts together, studying dramatic writing. Truth be told, we totally bonded over our love of Sweet Valley High books. Once we discovered this, we headed to the Barnes & Noble on Astor Place (which I don’t think exists any more) and read […]

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Grab the October/November issue of Bust magazine!

I’m so excited to share that I wrote a feature for the October/November Home issue of Bust magazine, one of my favorite magazines. In July, I interviewed several women who live at the LA Eco-Village, a cohousing community with a focus on eco-friendly living. I was really impressed by their lifestyle, especially in the City […]

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Writing Middle-Grade Books with Author Liesl Shurtliff

One of the great joys about being represented by Michelle Andelman at Regal Literary is getting to know my fellow authors she represents. We are a wide range of writers of children’s books, middle grade, and young adult. Liesl Shurtliff’s debut book Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin was released in April 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf […]

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