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My 2020 Year in Review

First off, I’m relieved to finally draw the curtains on 2020 and head into brighter days in the new year. For being aesthetically pleasing with its numerical symmetry, 2020 has proved anything but pleasant. What a dumpster-fire of a year this has been, but I’m optimistic for what 2021 holds!

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My 2018 Year in Review

We’re a few months in to 2019, but I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the year behind us and plan for the months that remain in the year ahead. I usually like to make this post in January, but sometimes life has other ideas. Good thing there’s never a bad time for reflection and self-improvement! 😉

Notable Reads:

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Teachers, Simplify Your Lesson Plan: The Story Behind My Educator Guide

This summer, I placed the finishing touches on my website’s new Education tab. It focuses on assisting teachers, both as an author and public speaker.

Are you an English, history, biology, or art teacher? I have created an educational supplement to facilitate learning in your classroom!

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Author Event on the Historic Woodstock Square July 23

Hi, friends!

Mark your calendars! I have some exciting news to share.

I’m going to be speaking at a quaint independent bookstore in Woodstock on Saturday, July 23rd at noon. I’ll share how I navigated the publishing industry at a young age with a presentation at Continue reading

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An Author Walks into a Bookstore: How I Got My Book into Barnes & Noble

I strolled along the shore of the Michigan peninsula – Mackinaw City, to be exact – waiting to board the boat to Mackinac Island for the first time since I was an infant. I had just bitten into the juiciest burger when my phone buzzed.

It was the manager of Barnes & Noble in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

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12 Simple Steps to Design a Killer Trailer for Your Novel

1. Make it Lively

Although video would be ideal, sometimes it’s not possible to provide funding for actors, costumes, and sets. For me, it just wasn’t feasible to outfit actors with medieval attire – nor to set up a bubonic plague street scene Continue reading