All By My Shelf

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Welcome to All By My Shelf, a blog & podcast about reading & writing middle grade & young adult literature.

Upcoming Interview with Jessica Vitalis

September 10, 2021 @ 2 pm EST
Jessica Vitalis is going to be a guest on my podcast, you know the routine. Ask about the book, ask about the craft of writing, ask her what her favorite food to eat is, just leave it in the comments on my Buy Me a Coffee and I will add it to my interview.

Upcoming Interview with Michelle Mason

August 30, 2021 @ 1pm EST
Michelle Mason, the author of Your Life Has Been Delayed, will be stopping by to talk craft, her book, and play a few games. Ask her and other guests a question by becoming a supporter or member on my Buy Me a Coffee.

Analysis of Five Midnights by Ann Davila Cardinal

Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.

If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer, they’ll have to step into the shadows to see what’s lurking there–murderer, or monster?

Writing Through Your Lack of Motivation All By My Shelf

This episode is also available as a blog post: — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
  1. Writing Through Your Lack of Motivation
  2. Finding Your KidLit Voice
  3. An Interview with Brandie June
  4. The Writer’s Journey
  5. Hello from All By My Shelf

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Writing Advice

100% Awful Writing Advice

Because of my search history I get a lot of links with a lot of the same advice. And quite frankly, I hate most of it. Not every writer is the same, not every manuscript can be written the same way.

Self Care for Writers

It honestly doesn’t matter if you’re a writer or not, self care is important. There are some myths about it being self-indulgent, a waste of time, and expensive. Not to mention the idea that all artists are supposed to suffer (queue my eye roll here).


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Craft Analysis & Reviews


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From the blog


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About Me

Hi, I’m Jess! I’m a neurodivergent writer with a big education. I’ve earned a BA in Writing Arts with specializations in Creative Writing and New Media Writing & Publication and a concentration in New Media Production, an MA in Writing, and an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults. Read more

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