Cynsational News & Giveaways

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Sneak Peek for 2013 by Sylvia Vardell from Poetry for Children. Peek: “…here is my stab at my annual ‘sneak peek’ list of the poetry titles that
are scheduled to be published in 2013, thus far. Of course this is
subject to change with additional titles likely as the year rolls along.”

Thoughts on Agents by Varian Johnson from Quirk and Quill. Peek: “There is no such things as a ‘dream’ agent.”

Balance is Overrated by Tara Lazar from Emu’s Debuts. Peek: “I’m writing this blog post unshowered, still in my jammies.”

Diversity 101: the Transgender Perspective by Cris Beam from CBC Diversity. Peek: “…there aren’t just two genders—there are many shades of expression and identity and the earlier we can support kids who experience this, the better. And they do experience it early.”

Young Adult Author Corina Vacco: new official author site features biography, bibliography blog, links, contest(s). Vacco is the debut author of My Chemical Mountain (Random House, 2013) which won the Delacorte Prize.

Congratulations to Valiska Gregory, winner of the Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant, from SCBWI.

I Want to Write a Novel: Where Do I Start? by Robyn Vavati from Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing. Peek: “A strong concept suggests a story. It suggests character, plot and theme.”

Cover Design 101: The Cover of The Awakening from Lee & Low Books. Peek: “…a couple looked too modern-day urban or romance genre (didn’t quite set
themselves apart as futuristic science fiction); another didn’t get the
full message of the book across in a way I felt the other concepts did…”

Green Earth Book Award Winners Announced from The Nature Generation. Peek: “…given to authors and illustrators whose books best inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment.”

Debunking Literary Love by P.J. Hoover from Roots in Myth. Peek: “Step back away from yourself and your perfect relationship for just a second. What are the odds that this guy is the one?”

Review of Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs & the Shaping of American Children’s Literature by Leonard Marcus (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008) from Harold Underdown at The Purple Crayon. Peek: “…the story of children’s book publishing in the United States from Colonial times to the mid-1990s. It’s the only book available on the subject, and it’s excellent.”

A Path to Publishing: interactive online video chat workshops with editors, agents and authors from literary agent Jill Corcoran.

Celebrate Black History Month

The Brown Bookshelf: 28 Days Later:

This Week at Cynsations

Note: check back tomorrow for an interview with author-illustrator-designer Emma J. Virjan and giveaway of signed Feral Nights bookmarks.

Cynsational Giveaways

Enter to win book & a signed doodle by the author-illustrator
Now in paperback!

See also New YA in Stores, 2/16-2/22, plus giveaway of The Canticle of Whispers by David Whitley from Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing.

More Personally 

Happy Launch Week!

Don’t miss this preview!
Interview with Cyn on FN

We’re celebrating the release of my latest books, Feral Nights (Book 1 in the Feral series), Eternal: Zachary’s Story (a graphic novel illustrated by Ming Doyle) and the paperback edition of Diabolical (Book 4 in the Tantalize series), all published by Candlewick Press. 

Feral Nights also is available as an e-book. Vendors that sell Candlewick Press e-books include Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and the Sony Reader Store.

Want to see something really amazing? Take a peek at the art inside Eternal: Zachary’s Story at Ming’s tumblr and Previewsworld.

In additional last weekend, I served as critique faculty for the Austin SCBWI Regional Conference; see my photo report as well as Joy Preble’s and Cory Putnam Oakes’.

With Michigan author Shutta Crum & our husbands at Maudie’s, Too in Austin

Personal Links

From Greg Leitich Smith

Cynsational Events–San Antonio, Chicago, Madison, Montpelier

Come see me in San Antonio!

Join Cynthia Leitich Smith, Jennifer Ziegler and more at Library Palooza 2013: That Author Thing! will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Brandeis High School in San Antonio.

Teens! Join Cynthia Leitich Smith at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Curt’s Cafe in Evanston, Illinois.

Join Cynthia Leitich Smith at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at The Book Stall (811 Elm Street) in Winnetka, Illinois/Chicagoland.

Join Cynthia Leitich Smith and YA debut author E.M. Kokie at “An Evening with Cynthia Leitich Smith” from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 at Alicia Ashman Library (733 N. Highpoint Road), open to the public and sponsored by SCBWI-Wisconsin. Event will include refreshments and giveaways! See more information.

2013 Novel Writing Retreat for Middle Grade and Young Adult Writers will be March 15 to March 17 at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Peek: “This year’s retreat will feature faculty Cynthia Leitich Smith, Lauren Myracle, and Candlewick editor Andrea Tompa.”  

2 thoughts on “Cynsational News & Giveaways

  1. Thanks for posting the links, Cynthia. Awesome you got to hang out with Shutta. She's from Ann Arbor and I know her. She's a great person and in fact did the library reading times when my daughter was younger.

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