Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jasmine Warga: An Introduction

Hi, everyone! I thought for my first post for Pub Hub I would simply introduce myself and hope that some of you would be lovely enough to leave feedback in the comments about what you’d like me to cover in future blog posts.
So to start, I’m a writer who lives and works in Cincinnati. I have a real penchant for iced coffee, avocados, Swedish fish (really any gummy candy), and kittens. My favorite YA author is probably Jandy Nelson, though I wouldn’t be writing YA if it weren’t for Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat. Other favorite books of mine are The Hours by Michael Cunningham, The Blind Assassin by Margret Atwood, and Diving Into The Wreck by Adrienne Rich. I probably watch too much TV, especially of the competitive cooking show variety. The last personal tidbit I will share about myself is that the two great loves of my life are my big grey cat, Salvador, and my rust-colored, overactive dog, Scout.
My first book MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES was released this February from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in the US and Canada, and as of right now, it will be published in 16 international territories. It took about 18 months from the sale of the book to the publication of said book, and I spent the vast majority of those 18 months learning how to adjust to my new life as not only a full-time writer, but a writer under a contract and a deadline. I’m thinking that most of my future blog posts will deal with what adjustments I made and things that I figured out, but for today, I’d like to ask you what things would you want me to blog about specifically. Finding an agent? Working with an editor? Balancing between marketing/publicity stuff and creative work? Coming up with ideas? Outlining versus winging it? The importance of finding a group of writer friends? What topics interest you the most? Please let me know in the comments.

Thanks in advance for your feedback and I promise that next month, I’ll tackle one of the above topics!


  1. Hello Jasmine! *waves* Your cat Salvador sounds like he'd be fun to snuggle! I have a large Bombay named Ryuu who loves curling up next to me while I write. I'm pretty sure he's my muse in bodily form.

    This may just be me, but I'd love to hear more tips on working with an agent and with editors, as well as notes about the craft: plotting, upping tension, deepening characters. Also general encouragement/stories/hilarity about this writer life thing :)

    Welcome to the Pub Hub!

  2. This is my very first response to a blogger. :) I've just about wrapped up my first book. Writing and editing has taken up a lot of time. I'm now beginning the journey to publication. You mentioned agents. Did you find the entire process easier because of said agent? How did you choose which type of editor was best for you?
    Love being able to ask questions.