New Cynsations Reporter Linda Joy Singleton

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Linda Joy Singlton joins the Cynsations team as an at-large reporter covering children’s-YA writing, illustration, publishing and other book news from the world of children’s literature.

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

Cynsations has been so supportive of my books over many years,

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Author-Bookseller Interview: Parker Peevyhouse, Will Walton & Len Vlahos on Making Connections with Young Readers

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

I am thrilled to facilitate this conversation between Parker Peevyhouse, Will Walton, and Len Vlahos. These three published authors are also booksellers. They have the unique position of listening to and guiding young readers as they write for them.

Let’s start with some basic introductions. Tell us about your publishing journey.

Parker: I signed with my agent after she discovered some short fiction on my website,

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Guest Post: Lara Herrington Watson on Analyze This: A Grammatical Breakdown of Favorite First Chapters

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By Lara Herrington Watson
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As I finished writing my second YA novel, I worried that my writing was getting stagnant.

What if I was learning bad habits that I would repeat through all of my future novels?

In order to glean some knowledge about my writing, I completed grammatical analyses on the first chapters of works by some of my favorite authors (Jane Austen,

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