|Speaking at KidlitCon 2013|
Today marks the 10th Anniversary of Cynsations!
The blog launched on Nov. 12, 2004; and featured children’s author Chris Barton, talking about consolidation and marketing.
There was no introductory post and no images–until Blogger introduced that option.
Thanks so much to each of you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
This is a condensed excerpt from a keynote I delivered at the 2013 KidLitCon in Austin:
I embraced the earliest days of the kidlitosphere for two reasons:
First—with all the optimism of a 20-something but not a word on the page—I quit my law job in downtown Chicago to write children’s-YA books full time.
A favorite book from childhood.
For me, children’s-YA literature had been a great blessing, and I committed my life to it.
I take my own writing to heart (and sometimes to play), but my plan was bigger than that.
It included the community. It included you.
It included everyone who plays a role in the connection of books to kids.
I got busy, writing and reaching out—by mentoring, teaching, advocating in person and online.
I began in part by, in 1998, establishing a substantive children’s literature resource site and launching a monthly e-newsletter that went out to a little over a thousand people and featured two author interviews along with a handful of recommended links.
My blog, Cynsations, launched in 2004. It likewise casts a broad net, emphasizing the craft of writing, the business of publishing and the writer’s life.
Wanting to offer something positive to children’s-YA lit lovers, to the big wide world, that was my reason one.
My first book.
American Indians are vastly underrepresented in the body of literature for young readers and in the industry more broadly.
When I entered the field, the literary depictions of Indians were almost uniformly historic, New Age-y, and/or inaccurate.
It was time to help change perceptions or I’d never be able to publish many of the stories I wanted to write.
By putting myself out there via tech, I was able to send the message that Native people are multidimensional. And that we have a past, a present and a future.
With that in mind, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cynsations, I’m giving away a copy of Jingle Dancer (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2000). Author sponsored. Eligibility: international.