Lessons from Harry


J.K. Rowling provides her tips on how to write as well as the ups and downs of being a writer in this article. One topic she emphasizes is that you should write the way you want and to toss all the advice on writing what the market currently wants. This I found to be particularly similar to Natalie Goldberg’s view in her book, Writing Down the Bones, where she said to write without the influence of your ego. This article seems to highlight that the most important thing to do is to write your truth. This idea creates an inspiration in all writers that their work is worth it.

CLICK HERE for the article.




A Trip into the Kingdom of Maas

Sarah J. Maas’s inspiring story of how Throne of Glass came to be is detailed in this interview on the UK’s Writers & Artists site. It’s an older piece, but Maas is a master, so it’s always timely. This article is a great read to know what her process of writing is like as well as find out the inspiration for her morally grey but highly lovable female assassin Celaena Sardothien.


Interview with Sarah J. Maas (from Writers & Artists)

In an interview with Sarah J Maas, YA author of The Throne of Glass books, she discusses writing fantasy, what inspires her to write & building up a huge online fan base – before getting a publishing deal.

What inspires you to write? Are there any books or writers that have influenced your work?

Music—especially movie scores and classical music—is usually my main source of inspiration. But I’m also inspired by art (I adore Pinterest), movies/tv, traveling, and history. As for writers/books that inspired me… Well, there are two books that I read when I was younger that really kindled my love for reading fantasy and my desire to write it: Garth Nix’s Sabriel and Robin McKinley’s The Hero and the Crown. Both of them are set in wonderful fantasy worlds and feature strong, clever heroines. And then there’s Robert Munsch’s delightful children’s book, The Paper Bag Princess, which pretty much shaped who I am as a human being from the get-go (and which I made my parents read to me a bajillion times when I was a kid) . . . Read more at Writers & Artists UK by clicking HERE.

Girl Power Evolution


This quick opinion piece I found on THE CONVERSATION looks at the progression of female protagonists in young adult fiction as well as how much further they need to change. This really made me think of the importance in having female protagonists that are not the majority and how they can help readers feel more represented. Perhaps reading more protagonists that are different from ourselves can help us understand how others experience the world and apply it into our own lives.

For a great list of diverse-voice female heroine books, check out BIRACIAL BOOKWORMS LLC! Goodreads also has some huge lists of diverse books in many categories, so make sure you check them out. Happy Reading!

How female protagonists have changed – and stayed the same – in young adult fiction

Strong female protagonists in young adult fiction are nothing new. From Nancy Drew to Annemarie Johansen – Lois Lowry’s selfless heroine in Holocaust-era “Number the Stars” – to a plucky young Lucy Pevensie in “The Chronicles of Narnia,” young adult fiction has always enjoyed a healthy share of women ready to figure it all out, enlighten, and sometimes literally save the day.

But the female protagonists who star in this decade’s crop of young adult fiction show three interesting shifts . . . Continue reading on THE CONVERSATION by clicking HERE.

Welcome our new Contributing Blogger!

It’s no secret that I juggle WAY too many things at once. I blame it on a type-A personality and a brain that runs in overdrive. Which is why my blog has suffered (BAD ME) and is also why I reached out to my key audience, young adults, and asked, “HEY! Wanna be a contributing blogger??”

That act of begging immediately intrigued writer / college gal Kristen Gregg, who I have known for several years now. She’s a kick-butt writer in her own right and has been to several of my writing workshops. This powerhouse young woman is going places and the fact that she wants to be a literary agent when she graduates college makes her even cooler.

So, without further blathering, here is the 411 on Kristen! Her posts will appear here on Cape Cod Scribe along with her tagline so you know when it’s her content, versus my mindless rambling.


KRISTEN GREGG, Contributing Blogger

My name is Kristen Gregg and I am a Writing for Film, TV, and Emerging Media major at Ithaca College. I love fantasy and sci-fi novels and a slight fanatic of self-help books. My dream job is to become a literary agent where I can help writers achieve their dreams of seeing their name on the shelves of bookstores, which is a dream I am in the process of as well.






I finally caved and admitted I am juggling way too many things to keep up with my social media . . . which is where YOU come in. Details are below, but basically I need a mini-me. And because I get many kids asking me if they can volunteer to do XYZ for school credits or Honor Society hours, I figured this would be a good way to help one another.

Are you game?

The contact form is below!

DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 15, 2019


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Win one PECULIAR Writing Workshop!

Art by Natasha Fenik @Deviant Art


Calling all young writers and book-obsessed weirdos! Ransom Riggs is giving away a school visit! The catch? You gotta throw down like the Hunger Games to win the visit!

Get busy and get on it! Deets below!




HI, I’M RANSOM, and I like to tell stories. Sometimes I tell them with words, sometimes with pictures, often with both. I grew up on a farm on the Eastern shore of Maryland and also in a little house by the beach in Englewood, Florida. I started writing stories when I was young, on an old typewriter that jammed and longhand on legal pads. When I was a little older I got a camera for Christmas and became obsessed with photography, and when I was a little older still my friends and I came into possession of a half-broken video camera and began to make our own movies, starring ourselves, using our bedrooms and backyards for sets. I have loved writing stories and taking photographs and making movies ever since, and have endeavored to do all three, in some form or another. These days I make my home in Los Angeles with my wife, fellow novelist Tahereh Mafi.

My work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writer’s House, LLC.
For all media inquiries, please contact my publicist, Elyse Marshall.





Girls Kick Ass giveaway

Undertow is part of the massive Girls Kick Ass ebook giveaway (because Eila Walker never backs down) – dozens of girl power books, all downloadable for free on BOOKFUNNEL. Check it out here: https://books.bookfunnel.com/girlskickass/f1fhh4u370 and load up your Kindle!!





Createspace and KDP to merge


Well . . . Frak.

Createspace is getting eaten by KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).


Technically this shouldn’t be a big deal, and hopefully everything goes smoothly. In the mean time, you can do a few things to make sure the process doesn’t turn into a Frat house on a 5-day bender:


  1. Create a KDP account. Even if you ONLY currently have your book in print (say, if you’re a picture book author) still create the account. The link is here: https://kdp.amazon.com


  1. Once you have an account, and the cosmic shift begins to happen, you’ll see that your KDP account will start having new buttons and what not – one of them will allow you to bring over your Createspace account into your KDP account. For the LOVE OF GOD, WRITE DOWN YOUR KDP ACCOUNT #. If I was you, I’d take a screen shot of your dashboard page in Createspace NOW.


  1. Understand the differences in moo-lah: KDP’s payment schedule and threshold is longer and higher than Createspace. Royalties are paid 60 days after the close of a month and the pay-minimum is $100 (so you won’t get any royalties until you hit the $100 mark and then the money will deposit). For many of us marketing maniacs, this is a non-issue.


  1. Final thoughts: I’m not so sure how this merge is going to work out, BUT make sure you have your Createspace account ID and have a KDP account set up (like, yesterday). What I hate about this particular circus? You can’t CALL KDP – finding their phone number is like tracking down a cross bred unicorn that can drive a semi-truck. I’ve looked EVERYWHERE and can’t find it. Createspace IS available by phone and I will miss that option so it BETTER APPEAR on KDP. Createspace’s phone number is 866-356-2153


  1. As always, I am for hire as a graphic designer – I help people take a manuscript and turn it into a stunning book and cover as well as ebook and get it up on the right distribution channels. For more information on my graphic art, go to wickedwhalepublishing.com


More info on all this insanity can be found here: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/GSJULX3WGP36HQ3R


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