Friday Q&A: Back to School Edition


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This month’s question:

What is one thing the debut process has taught you?

That there is a limit to the amount of stress and/or celebration cupcakes my pants size will tolerate.
—Heidi Schulz, HOOK’S REVENGE

There is nothing more important than working on the next book, not just because it’s “responsible” but because it’s truly the best distraction.

That the absolute best thing about becoming a published author is finding my writing soulmates.
—Mary Elizabeth Summer, TRUST ME, I’M LYING

Patience is a virtue… I don’t have. *clicks refresh*

My lesson is a confession: I stole every last drop of patience laurenmagaziner had…and spent it all in one month. The lesson is that is obviously to steal more wisely.
—Natalie C Parker, BEWARE THE WILD

That which is “beyond my control” actually IS beyond my control and I can RELAX ALREADY, or I can explode into little bits of Kate-shrapnel. And I’m a tidy sort and the latter is too messy.
—Kate A Boorman, WINTERKILL

Some people will love your book. Some will not. Surround yourself with people who love YOU.
—Louise Galveston, BY THE GRACE OF TODD

It’s true that writing the book is the easy part – the part we do out of love. Submissions. Revisions. Marketing. Sales. That’s where it feels like “work”.

Focus on why you started writing in the first place. Because you love it.
—Christina Farley, GILDED

Putting a book out in the world is a good thing. Meeting all the amazing people who come your way when you put a book out in the world is an even better thing. Having someone love your book like you do — Wow! The best!
—Mary Crockett, DREAM BOY

Meeting young writers at school visits is the best thing about being an author. Also, writers of all ages are the best, nicest people to hang out with. 🙂
—Veronica Bartles TWELVE STEPS

That it’s important to remember to celebrate. It’s easy to get buried in stress and forget that this is an exciting, awesome time. So, cheers! *clink!*
—AdriAnne Strickland, WORDLESS

You never know how your book may affect a reader and give them hope.

It’s probably never going to stop be surprising that it worked–that there’s a book out there with my name on it.
—Lisa Maxwell, SWEET UNREST

Fellow writers are awesome and really help through the craziness of the debut year. Get yourself a writing tribe, stat! They will definitely keep you sane.

That gratitude and generosity are the keys to happiness!
—Edith Cohn, SPIRIT’S KEY

Letting go. That’s impossibly hard for me. I’m used to running my own business and managing people. Having the whole S&S/Pulse team of editorial, publicity, marketing, design, sales, and educational experts behind the book is fantastic, and more than any other publisher I’ve run across, they are very collaborative and engaged. But all those areas are not my job, and I don’t always have to know the whole picture. Similarly, once the book is out there, who reads it and how it is received is completely out of our control. That’s all hard for a control freak. : )
—Martina Boone, COMPULSION

Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, HOOK’S REVENGE, will be published by Disney•Hyperion on September 16, 2014. A sequel, HOOK’S REVENGE: THE PIRATE CODE will follow in September, 2015. Bloomsbury Kids will publish her picture book debut, GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING, in spring of 2016. She lives in Oregon with her husband, their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. Connect with Heidi on her websiteTwitter, and Facebook.


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