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By Barbara Dee
for Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations
About a year ago, on a NerdCamp panel called “Tough Topics in Middle Grade Fiction,” we were talking about how middle grade was evolving, growing up, tackling subjects that used to be considered taboo—for example, sexuality, terrorism, refugeeism, and drug use.
I asked the educators in the room which underrepresented topics they’d like to see on their bookshelves.
Continue Reading Guest Post: Barbara Dee on Keeping it Middle Grade: Handling Tough Topics in Fiction »
By Carol Coven Grannick
I am leaving my day job at an extraordinary early childhood center on June 30.
Plenty of people think I am “retiring.”
But if you’re reading this, you probably could guess that I’m not retiring at all. I’m beginning my full-time career as a writer.
I’ve written and taught about transitions much of my life as a clinical social worker and still struggle with how to convey these vulnerable,
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By Robin Galbraith
After years of writing you finally have your very first book deal! Now what? How do you promote your debut novel? I talked to four Maryland debut authors from the Electric Eighteens to get the inside scoop on how debut groups for young adult and middle grade authors work.
Deborah Schaumberg, J.H. Diehl, Lauren Abbey Greenberg, Continue Reading New Voices: Inside Scoop on Debut Author Groups with J.H. Diehl, Lauren Abbey Greenberg, Jonathan Roth & Deborah Schaumberg »
By N.H. Senzai
The reason I love writing for the middle grade audience is because at this age kids can still suspend belief and journey with you through a story as long as you create believable plots, authentic characters and dialogue that rings true.
However, you need to hook them in quickly, so my first goal is to create a story that “reels them in.”
Once they’ve signed on to follow your protagonist,
Continue Reading Guest Post: N.H. Senzai on Writing About War for Middle Grade & Escape From Aleppo »
By Deborah Lytton
Thanks to Gayleen and Cyn for having us on Cynsations. It’s always such a pleasure to be here!
Today, I have asked my agent and friend, Stacey Glick to join me to discuss the Middle Grade series proposal.
Stacey is Vice President at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management and has been my agent for over 12 years. Continue Reading Guest Post: Author Deborah Lytton & Agent Stacey Glick on Middle Grade Series Proposals »
By Gayleen Rabakukk
Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi are the co-authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, illustrated by Yukata Houlette (Heyday, 2017). From the promotional copy:
Fred Korematsu liked listening to music on the radio, playing tennis, and hanging around with his friends—just like lots of other Americans.
But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes on the West Coast and move to distant prison camps.
Continue Reading Authors, Editor & Illustrator Interview: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice) »