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My book launch party is at Berkeley Central Library at 6:30 PM on Saturday, August 6th

Well, we’re in the final week before my book debuts, which just means it’s gonna be all Enter Title Here all the time for at least a few weeks. Actually, that’s not true. Even I can’t maintain focus for that long. But it’s going to be at least 30% my-book related. Today is a little PSA […]

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Running a giveaway for my book!

Hey, so for the last year all my friends have been asking me, “Hey, so I can get an advance copy of your book?” And the answer has always been NO. I was even reluctant to give my mom a copy (though I sort of had to). However now my book’s launch is only a […]

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Got the page proofs of my book! They are absolutely gorgeous

I just got the page proofs of my book. They’re absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never seen anything like them. Huge kudos to the book designer on this one! The handling of text messages is like nothing else I’ve ever seen: they actually look like text conversations (with little bubbles that are on either the left or […]

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Sometimes I still can’t believe I sold a book

I’m feeling a distinct torpor, but I’m trying to shake it off. Not sure what’s happening. Maybe just that my novel’s text got finalized, but it still has another year to come out. It really feels like right now, at this moment, no one wants anything from me. I definitely have the space to just […]

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Gonna try to kick it into a higher gear

I haven’t exactly been unproductive for the last nine months, but, well, no…since finishing my MG novel last summer, I’ve only completed six short stories, and I’ve done two revisions of Enter Title Here (soon to have a name change, according to what my publisher is telling me) and one revision on my MG novel (as well as […]

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It shouldn’t be a surprise to me, but the YA publishing industry has done a really good job of improving my book’s love plot

When I was writing this book, I knew it had to have a love story in it, because I knew that its main character, Reshma, was obsessed with being the best, and part of being the best in high school is being able to elicit romantic interest from the opposite sex. But I, like my protagonist, […]

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You just put one letter in front of another and eventually it’s done

Now that I’m getting close(r) to the end, it’s interesting to ponder this whole novel-revision experience. In many ways, it’s been emotionally similar to writing the novel in the first place. At the beginning, it felt very overwhelming. I had to make so many fine little changes and untangle so many little things. I’d spend […]

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Bit shocking how different my novel is becoming

I am in my final two weeks of revisions on Enter Title Here. And even though I knew that I was going to be making some fairly in-depth (maybe moderate depth) changes to the book, I hadn’t imagined what it would feel like to write those changes. Like, there are new scenes and new chapters. […]

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More than halfway through these revisions

Ooof, revising is some kind of process, I’ll tell you what. Today, I sat down and made a list of the scenes that I thought I’d need to insert into the novel between where I am (the halfway point) and the 2/3rds point. Adding scenes to a mostly-complete novel is an amazing feeling. On the […]

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Getting back into revision mode

Doing major revisions on this book for the first time in about a year. It’s a little weird, because the voice in the book is, to me, so distinct. But, to a large extent, it was written about two years ago, in January of 2013. Which means that the voice and most of the language […]

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