Joy’s first full day at Brazos Bookstore
By Joy Preble
Last month, I became the new Children’s Specialist at Brazos Bookstore in Houston. I hadn’t planned on it, but when you stumble into your dream job, well, you take it!
It’s a balancing act: Selling books and buying books and merchandising and creating store events, while also writing and promoting my own novels. I’m not just an author anymore,
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By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Over the summer, the children’s-YA book community has continued discussing diversity, decolonization, authenticity and representation both throughout the body of literature and the industry. Here are highlights; look for more in quickly upcoming, additional update posts.
Mirrors? Windows? How about Prisms? from Uma Krishnaswami. Peek: “…cultural content in children’s books needs to be woven into the story so the authors intention is not stamped all over it.”
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By P.J. Hoover
OMG an author visit! It’s a huge, exciting time for students, teachers, and the author. We, the authors, are honored to be visiting your school.
Aside from the fact that it gives us an opportunity to get out of the house (and change out of our pajamas), there is nothing better than connecting with our target audience about a subject we love: books.
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By Linda Covella
Thinking of going indie?
Self-publishing can be a fun, exciting, and rewarding endeavor. But get ready for an eclectic collection of hats, because you’ll be wearing many. It’s important to realize you’re selling a product that should be of the highest quality.
Here are some tips and resources to help you through the process.
By the time you’re ready to publish,
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By David Lubar
I love it when people ask the title of my new book. I get to say, “Character, Driven.”
Then, if they nod knowingly, I add, “Character, comma, Driven.”
If they smile at that, I add, “It’s a plot-driven novel.”
I feel it’s a clever title. But a title has to be more than clever. It also has to be a good.
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On Twitter? Follow @MelissaGorzela.
By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Melissa Gorzelanczyk is the first-time author of Arrows (Delacorte, 2016). From the promotional copy:
People don’t understand love.
If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny.
No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her,
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By Gayleen Rabakukk
Eric Pinder is the author of four picture books and four adult nonfiction books. His most recent release is How to Share With a Bear, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015). From the promotional copy:
The perfect thing to do on a chilly day is to make a cave. But comfy caves never stay empty for long….
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By Elisabeth Norton
Brooks Sherman is an agent with The Bent Agency.
He represents picture books, fiction for young adult and middle-grade-readers, select literary and commercial adult fiction, and nonfiction in the areas of humor, pop culture, and narrative nonfiction.
He was interviewed by Elisabeth Norton for the SCBWI Europolitan Conference.
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By Lorie Ann Grover
In true form, I dreamt of my novel as a baby, prior to the release. I dreamt I arrived, great with child, at my baby shower, and everyone left. Seriously. It’s not hard to find the symbolism.
Thankfully, my baby shower has been attended!
My book Hit (Blink, 2014) has launched. In the midst of the #hitwithgratitude tour with Justina Chen,
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Melanie at Blue Willow Bookshop
By Melanie Chrismer
I love being a children’s author. The writing time, the “yes, we want to publish your book,” the camaraderie with other writers and the school visits.
Yep, I like them too, a lot.
School visits let me see the kiddos who want to read and do read my books. They giggle and “woe.” They open wide eyes and laugh as loud as they can.
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