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Claribel A. Ortega

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New York Times Bestselling and award-winning author, Claribel A. Ortega is a former reporter who writes middle-grade and young adult fantasy inspired by her Dominican heritage. When she's not busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic, and video games into books, she’s co-hosting her podcast Bad Author Book Club. Claribel is a Marvel contributor and has been featured on Buzzfeed, Bustle, Good Morning America and Deadline.

Claribel’s NYT Bestselling debut middle grade novel Ghost Squad is being made into a feature film. Her latest book Witchlings (Scholastic) was an Instant NYT and #1 Indie Bestseller. Her graphic novel Frizzy with Rose Bousamra is out now from First Second and was an Indie Bestseller. You can find her on Twi
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Claribel A. Ortega Yes! When I was a kid, I would catch fireflies with my older brother who passed from cancer a few years ago. In Dominican culture we say that family m…moreYes! When I was a kid, I would catch fireflies with my older brother who passed from cancer a few years ago. In Dominican culture we say that family members who pass away reincarnate as fireflies and watch over you. I wanted to write a book that not only had this beautiful folklore at the center but also payed tribute to my brother and our childhood. Ty for the question! <3 (less)
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The Query Letter That Landed Me an Agent

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Imagine working for years on a book, revising,  getting feedback, revising again and then finally sending out to agents only to get rejections, all because of one page. That’s what can happen when you don’t work on your query and I’ve found that seeing examples of queries that work can help, so today I’m sharing mine! I wrote a few versions of my query letter over the course of a

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“We learn things from our parents, who learn things from their parents, who learned that from their parents. It doesn't make those things okay to believe...”
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“If a dragon could come pick her up right now, that would be great. Perfect timing.”
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“I was the thing the monster from my dreams had warned about, the thing that crept on its clawed feet in the darkest night.”
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