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Lana Wood Johnson

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Lana Wood Johnson was born and raised in Iowa in the time before the internet but has spent the rest of her life making up for that. After years working in wireless communication for companies of all sizes, she now works doing the same for a local youth shelter. Lana lives in Minnesota with her husband and their English bulldog.

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Lana Wood Johnson I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't think about anything other than traditional publishing until I wrote and FULLY queried three different…moreI made a deal with myself that I wouldn't think about anything other than traditional publishing until I wrote and FULLY queried three different manuscripts. I made sure to focus on getting better at all the pieces each time.

I told myself after three I'd decide if I wanted to go farther or self-pub. TYSI was my third MS. My second one got close, so close each rejection hurt. TYSI got so much closer, but it wasn't till I was about done querying that I got my offer.

The farther you push the harder it gets. But I learned how to turn rejection into proof I was trying. It's okay to stop every once in a while and reevaluate what is important to you, but never think it's over. There's a lot about pursuing publishing that's business, don't take rejection as anything other than a business decision, not a critique of your skill.(less)
Lana Wood Johnson My road to being an author is very long and twisty. Until about 10 years ago I would have called myself a reader instead of a writer, and then I had…moreMy road to being an author is very long and twisty. Until about 10 years ago I would have called myself a reader instead of a writer, and then I had some stuff happen that made me a lot more intentional about how I was living my life.

When I had the chance to stop for a bit and decide what I wanted to do with my life, writing my own books was the thing that made me feel more excited and lighter. It was a dream I was letting myself have for the very first time. So, I guess, in a weird way, I inspired myself? But there were definitely a thousand authors who sparked my love of books in the first place.(less)
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Technically, You Started It

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"A fast fun read in the style of a text conversation between two actually likeable (and to me, very resonant) teen characters. The silences are as important as the words, and Lana manages both really well. Awesome #ownvoices representation for part..." Read more of this review »
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The book that inspired this story was "Daddy-Long-Legs" by Jean Webster published in 1912. If you're looking for more contemporary sweet reads check out Anna and the French Kiss.

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