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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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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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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Guest Post: Yona Zeldis McDonough on Staying True to Yourself

Yona Zeldis McDonough

by Yona Zeldis McDonough

I hate weapons, especially firearms. Always have, and always will. Even the sight of a legally sanctioned gun—police office, hunter—makes me recoil and I literally take a step back.

Along with hating weapons, I hate war and though I concede that some wars have been necessary, I fail to see warfare as heroic or noble.

So when Scholastic tapped me to write a book about the evacuation at Dunkirk [of World War II.],

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Guest Post: Shutta Crum on A New Life for an Out-of-Print Book

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By Shutta Crum

So you’re zipping along—doing your thing—and below the radar one, or more, of your books goes silently out of print.

When a book goes out of print, it always hurts—it’s a death in the family. You’ve spent a significant portion of your life living with it, writing it, and cheering it on. Now, it’s no longer available.

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