New Cynsations Reporter Elisabeth Norton

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

We are thrilled that Elisabeth Norton is joining the Cynsations team covering the European market. The above photo shows The Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland. Hiking is one of the ways Elisabeth refills her creative well.

Welcome to Cynsations! Could you tell us about your vision for covering books related to the European market here at the blog? Why did you decide to take on this role in the conversation of books?

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Editor Interview: Angelella Editors on Freelance Editing

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Today we’re chatting with a few Angelella Editorial editors about what it’s like to be a freelance editor, along with tips for working with a freelance editor.

First, what makes Angelella Editorial different from other editorial companies?

Diane: We’re small enough to work as a team, but large enough to offer a range of perspectives and experiences to prospective clients.

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New Voices and Visions: Larissa & Keith Marantz on Succeeding as an Author & Illustrator Team

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Today I am so pleased to welcome the illustrator/author debut duo Larissa and Keith Marantz. From being inspired by their own children to working as a team, they’ll share their unique path to publication.

What first inspired you to write for young readers?

Keith: Well, we had young readers at home.  Our kids were our inspiration and first audience (and first critics).

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Interview: Elisa Boxer on Writing, Voting & the Importance of Each Voice

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

I am so pleased to welcome Elisa Boxer, author of The Voice That Won The Vote: How One Woman’s Words Made History, illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger (Sleeping Bear, 2020). Today Elisa shares her thoughts on writing for children and the importance of each voice.

What was your initial inspiration for writing this book?

As a journalist,

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Author Interview: Lisa Krok on Novels In Verse for Teens: A Guidebook with Activities for Teachers and Librarians

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Congratulations, Lisa on the release of Novels in Verse for Teens: A Guidebook with Activities for Teachers and Librarians (ABC-CLIO, 2020)! What is it about novels in verse that fascinates you?

Thank you so much, Cynthia! I think novels in verse first grabbed my attention when I attended an event a few years ago where author Kwame Alexander performed live rap-like performances for his poems from The Crossover (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,

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Updating & Re-Envisioning: Jingle Dancer, Indian Shoes, and Rain Is Not My Indian Name

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

What an honor it’s been to revisit my first few books and to re-envision them for today’s young readers:

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Native Voice: David A. Robertson on Worldbuilding & The Barren Grounds

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

David A. Roberton‘s latest release for young readers is The Barren Grounds (The Misewa Saga, #1)(Puffin, 2020). From the promotional copy:

Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson.

Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities,

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