Cynsational News & Giveaways

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Writing While Black/Writing While Indigenous: Two Voices Speak on Literature, Representation & Justice from Zetta Elliott. Peek: “I am an Aboriginal woman who comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. I write YA novels and picture books, and I teach law at a university. I’m often told that being a writer and a law academic is a strange combination,

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Writer Links: Children’s-YA Writing Craft and Contests

Backstory

Why Backstory is the Bomb from Denise Jaden. PEEK: “Just because we don’t want that backstory up front, doesn’t mean we don’t need it at all. It doesn’t mean that we can vaguely imagine a few scenarios of what could have been the history of our characters. We have to know. And for that, in most cases, we have to write it.”

Character

A Case for Villains by Danyelle from QueryTracker.net Blog.

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Writer Links: Children’s-YA Book Promotion

Promote Your Book Like a Pro — Cynthia Leitich Smith — Top 6 1/2 List from Donna Gephart at Wild About Words. PEEK: “Give yourself deadlines, and do what you can before the release date. Put together your readers’ guide and media kit. Order bling. Hire a web designer or publicist. Contact bloggers. Plan the launch party. Work now to make it easier on yourself later.”

Marketing Task Recap from Robin LaFevers at Shrinking Violet Promotions.

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Cynsational News & Giveaways

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Six Picture Book Biographies Show the Joy of Longer Lives by Lindsey McDivitt from A Is for Aging. Peek: “…these picture book bios offer huge benefits to kids—showing them adventure, creativity, and enjoyment, not only over the course of an evolving life, but well into old age.”

Outlining: Why I Made the Switch and Tips for Trying It by Elizabeth S.

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Cynsational News & Giveaways

Compiled by Cynthia Leitich Smith

On Neutral Characters and Relating to the Specific by Shannon Hale from squeetus blog. Peek: “Why can’t someone like Maisie be worthy of a story too? I’ve encountered similar opinions over the years and began to come to an uncomfortable understanding, one that others before me have also discovered.”

On Diversity Within Diversity by Ava Jae from Writability.

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Cynsational Holiday, News & Giveaways

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Check out the cover of Camp Boyfriend by Cynsations YA reporter Karen Rock (under her partnership writing name J.K. Rock)(Spencer Hill, 2013).

Nine Tips for Finishing That Novel from Anna Staniszewski. Peek: “If you’ve never written ‘The End’ before, it can feel like a daunting task. And if you’ve done it once, you might start to doubt that you’ll be able to do it again.

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Find out Allen’s fictional dream date.

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Author Insight: Fictional Matchmaking
from Wastepaper Prose. Peek: “If your character was best friends or in a
romantic relationship with a character from another book, who would it
be?”

Stonecoast MFA from Megan Frazer Blakemore. Peek: “If you are considering an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults,

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Cynsational News & Giveaways

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

C.K. Kelly Martin on Reconnecting with Your Lost Love of Writing from Adventures in YA and Children’s Publishing. Peek: “…no matter how much we love to write, rejection can take a heavy toll, riddling us with doubt and draining our creative energy.”

Just Begin It by Brian Yansky by Brian’s Blog: Diary of a Writer. Peek: “You have to start a manuscript to finish one.”

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Cynsational News & Giveaways

Compiled by Cynthia Leitich Smith

The Ongoing Problem of Race in Young Adult Literature by Jen Doll from The Atlantic Wire. Peek: “Coe Booth…hated reading until she discovered Judy Blume. ‘Those made me into a reader,’ she said, ‘because the books we were forced to read that had black people in them, I didn’t relate to them. As a little black girl growing up in the Bronx,

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Dead Girl Walking (Book #1 in the Dead Girl series) by Linda Joy Singleton Price Drop for Nook Readers: now available for $2.51. Note: you can also order a paperback copy from Indiebound. Read a Cynsations interview with Linda Joy Singleton about Dead Girl Walking.

Things I’ve Learned from Beverly Cleary by Caroline Starr Rose from Project Mayhem: The Manic Minds of Middle Grade Writers.

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