Achievement Unlocked! (Book Deal Announcement)

It's official! Razorbill will publish my YA novel, These Witches Don't Burn, in 2019!

Here's the official announcement: 

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I am beyond thrilled to be working with Julie and the team at Razorbill, and I cannot thank my wonderful agent, Kathleen, enough for being such an amazing champion. Summer 2019 feels so far away, but it'll be here before we know it. I can't wait for everyone to meet Hannah and the rest of the These Witches Don't Burn cast.

SOME BOOK FACTS FOR READERS

  • There are three feuding witch clans in this world: Elementals, Casters, and Blood Witches
  • Non-witches are known as "Regs" 
  • The MC (Hannah)'s boss is a Wiccan high priestess who runs a magic shop 
  • There's both lesbian and bisexual rep in the book (the relationship subplots are both f/f)
  • Hannah has been out to her family for about a year at the start of the book
  • Publication is scheduled for summer 2019, with the exact date TBD

SOME BOOK FACTS FOR FELLOW WRITERS

  • THESE WITCHES DON'T BURN is my fourth novel
  • This was my #DVpit pitch back in April 2016
  • I finished the first draft on a retreat in Wales in 2015 
  • After a couple false-starts of revision, I decided to do a near 100% rewrite at the beginning of 2016 (the initial draft didn't even have the witch clans)
  • Hannah's name was Claire in the first draft, but it never felt quite right

If you haven't already, add These Witches Don't Burn on Goodreads! 

Have questions about the story, the writing process, or something else? Leave me a comment below!

-Isabel

Pay Yourself First

There's this philosophy in the world of personal finance/budgeting that says your best chance of saving money is to "pay yourself first." In other words, when you're putting together your monthly budget, you start by setting aside the money you'll put in savings (to make sure you actually save some!).

Much like money, time also benefits from a budget.

We Got a Puppy!

The fiancee and I are delighted to introduce you to our new puppy, Lily! 

She's adorable, and we're totally smitten with her. Blogs may be a bit sparse as I adjust to puppy parenthood. More soon!

2017 Goals

It's that time of year! I love goal setting and making plans, so the beginning of the year is always a fun time for me. There's so much possibility at the beginning of the year, and so much energy to go after your dreams.

This year feels a little different. I know I'm not the only one dreading the upcoming inauguration. I worry about what will happen to the rights and safety of so many marginalized communities, and I'm prepared to do my part to resist whatever horrific policies come our way.

While I don't think we should normalize what's happening in politics (because it is NOT normal, and it is NOT okay), I do think finding some normalcy--especially if you're part of a marginalized community--is a good thing. So to that end, I'm embracing my usual, optimistic, goal writing self today.