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Guest Post: Lindsey Lane on Reframing the Reality of Books Going Out of Print, Part 1: The Facts

By Lindsey Lane

When an author or an illustrator gets the news that their book is going out of print (OP) or out of stock (OS), it is a blow. A tragedy. It feels like a death in the family.

After all, a book is a creation, something that sprang from our imaginations, our hearts and our intellects.

Except…

Publishing is a business and a book going OP or OS is part its life cycle.

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Guest Post: Padma Venkatraman on Golden Silence, Gilded Words

By Padma Venkatraman

On the flight home after a recent conference, I read Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Hearts Unbroken (Candlewick, 2018). It struck a chord in part because, although I was elated that so many people had read advanced reader copies (ARCs) of my novel The Bridge Home (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2019) and loved it, I also realized I’d been suppressing a sense of hurt as a result of unintentional microaggressions I’d witnessed.

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Bookseller Interview: Carolyn Anderson & Anthony Ceballos of Birchbark Books

By Traci Sorell 

Today I have the pleasure of featuring Carolyn Anderson and Anthony Ceballos of Birchbark Books, one of three Native-owned independent bookstores in the United States.

Owned by award-winning Ojibwe author Louise Erdrich, Birchbark Books is located in southwest Minneapolis.

Welcome to Cynsations! Let’s jump right in to learn more about your work.

Given Birchbark Books’ proximity to the Mall of America,

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Survivors: Kerry Madden-Lunsford on Thriving as a Long-Time Actively Publishing Author

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

In children’s-YA writing, maintaining an active publishing career is arguably an even bigger challenge than breaking into the field. Reflecting on your personal journey (creatively, career-wise, and your writer’s heart), what bumps did you encounter and how have you managed to defy the odds to achieve continued success?

Bumps and defying the odds? Let’s see – where to begin? My first book, Offsides,

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Moving Day & Cynsations Returns

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Welcome to our new home, Cynsational Readers! We have moved from Blogger to WordPress.

Anyone who’s ever relocated from one place to another knows that it can be one of life’s most stressful events. And while we weren’t packing physical boxes and loading up a moving truck during the Cynsations winter hiatus, there was much to prepare for our transition.

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Cynsations New Home!

Welcome to Cynsations New Home!

We’ll be back February 11 with reflective conversations, publishing information, writer insights & inspiration, bookseller-librarian-teacher appreciation, children’s-YA literature news & author outreach…

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Cynsational Winter Hiatus

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Happy Holidays, Cynsational Readers!

Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm. I wish you the very best throughout this celebratory season and look forward to reconnecting in 2019.

Thanks to the many voices who contributed their insights to the blog over the past year. We were honored to feature you and your work.

And finally,

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Guest Post: Suzanne Crowley on Finding Inspiration Close to Home

Young Suzanne with her Grandfather Tio
in Uvalde, Texas

By Suzanne Crowley

As writers, we are frequently asked where we draw inspiration from. I think it’s true that everything we write is somewhat autobiographical.

I know I scatter a bit of myself in everything I write – that’s what gives it a soul and makes my stories “sing,” if you will.

In Finding Esme (Greenwillow,

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