By Traci Sorell
Today, we have two award-winning Epic Eighteen debut authors, Christy Mihaly, author of Hey, Hey, Hay: A Tale of Bales and the Machines that Make Them, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (Holiday House, 2018) and Jessie Oliveros, author of The Remember Balloons, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte (Simon & Schuster, 2018).
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Carmen signing her first book contract
By Carmen Oliver
You’ve inked your first book sale. Congratulations!
Now, you’re busy getting ready for your big launch date, and you’re beginning to think about doing school visits.
But before you can connect with your student audience, you first have to create a presentation.
If you’re like most authors, this is where you begin to listen to your IE (internal editor),
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Learn more about Lee Wind
By Lee Wind
There’s a saying that a work of art isn’t complete until it has been witnessed.
So the book I wrote that would have completely changed my life if I’d read it as a fifteen-year-old wasn’t complete. Not until it had readers.
Over six years, the manuscript for Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill had been written and re-written,
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By Gayleen Rabakukk
Laney Nielson is the debut author of Peppermint Cocoa Crushes (Skypony, 2017). From the promotional copy:
Sasha is so excited for her school’s Winter Variety Show! She and her best friends, twins Karly and Kevin, have been working on a song and dance routine for it, with super cute candy cane costumes.
Sasha is sure they’ll be the best.
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By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Sarah McGuire is the first-time author of Valiant (Egmont/Lerner, 2015). From the promotional copy:
Reggen still sings about the champion, the brave tailor. This is the story that is true.
Saville despises the velvets and silks that her father prizes far more than he’s ever loved her. Yet when he’s struck ill she’ll do anything to survive–even dressing as a boy and begging a commission to sew for the king.
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Teacher’s Guide & Excerpt
By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Tracy Holczer is the first-time author of The Secret Hum of a Daisy (Putnam, 2014). From the promotional copy:
Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. She thinks she’s found it with Mrs.
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