Survivors: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson on Thriving as a Long-Time, Actively Publishing Children’s Author

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is a successful children’s author with a long, distinguished career.

In children’s-YA writing, maintaining an active publishing career is arguably an even bigger challenge than breaking into the field.

Reflecting on your personal journey (creatively, career-wise, and your writer’s heart), what bumps did you encounter and how have you managed to defy the odds to achieve continued success? 

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Author-Agent Interview: Ann Rose of Prospect Agency

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Ann Rose is the author of two YA novels and an agent with the Prospect Agency, where she represents middle grade and young adult authors.

You’re a writer and an agent. How did you come to literature for young readers?

Years ago, my niece had asked me to read books with her. None of her friends were really readers and she wanted to have someone to chat with about what she had been reading.

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Editor Interview: LaFrenda Frank of Salina Bookshelf

By Traci Sorell

For almost twenty-five years, Salina Bookshelf has published books, most for children, that center Native life–principally Navajo and Hopi people, their languages and cultures.

Today on Cynsations, I am pleased to interview LaFrenda Frank at Salina Bookshelf to learn more about this publishing house and her work there.

Share with us some about your history with Native literature,

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Guest Post: Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy Share Craft & Career Insights

By Cori McCarthy & Amy Rose Capetta

Hello dear readers (and, in many cases, writers)!

Amy Rose and I are here today to interview each other in celebration and—let’s be honest—promotion of our debut coauthored YA novel Once & Future (Jimmy Patterson, 2019), a genderbent King Arthur retelling in space, which is out now from Little, Brown.

We’re blessed to be doing a lot of interviews this release season,

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Agent-Author Interview: Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Abigail Samoun is an agent, author and former editor with a distinguished career in children’s publishing. After meeting her in person at the Austin SCBWI Picture Book Retreat last fall, I had to share her insights with Cynsations readers.

You’re a writer, an agent and a former editor. How did you come to literature for young readers?

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Guest Post: Yvonne Pearson on Publishing with Historical Society Presses

By Yvonne Pearson

In a stroke of good fortune, I published my first trade picture book with a regional publisher—Minnesota Historical Society Press (MNHS).

I had attended a gathering of our local Picture Book Salon to hear MNHS’ Managing Editor Shannon Pennefeather talk about the press’ relatively new focus on publishing children’s books. They had begun that effort in 2010 and continued to look for stories with a Minnesota slant.

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Guest Post: Lindsey Lane on Reframing the Reality of Books Going Out of Print, Part 4: The Editor’s Perspective

By Lindsey Lane

When an author or an illustrator gets the news that their book is going out of print (OP) or out of stock (OS), it is a blow. A tragedy. It feels like a death in the family. After all, a book is a creation, something that sprang from our imaginations, our hearts and our intellects.

Except…

Publishing is a business and a book going OP or OS is part of its life cycle.

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Guest Post: Lindsey Lane on Reframing the Reality of Books Going Out of Print, Part 3: The Agent Perspective

By Lindsey Lane

When an author or an illustrator gets the news that their book is going out of print (OP) or out of stock (OS), it is a blow. A tragedy. It feels like a death in the family. After all, a book is a creation, something that sprang from our imaginations, our hearts and our intellects.

Except…

Publishing is a business and a book going OP or OS is part its life cycle.

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Guest Post: Lindsey Lane on Reframing the Reality of Books Going Out of Print, Part 2: Author/Illustrator Perspective

By Lindsey Lane

When an author or an illustrator gets the news that their book is going out of print (OP) or out of stock (OS), it is a blow. A tragedy. It feels like a death in the family.

After all, a book is a creation, something that sprang from our imaginations, our hearts and our intellects.

Except…

Publishing is a business and a book going OP or OS is part its life cycle.

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Guest Post: Lindsey Lane on Reframing the Reality of Books Going Out of Print, Part 1: The Facts

By Lindsey Lane

When an author or an illustrator gets the news that their book is going out of print (OP) or out of stock (OS), it is a blow. A tragedy. It feels like a death in the family.

After all, a book is a creation, something that sprang from our imaginations, our hearts and our intellects.

Except…

Publishing is a business and a book going OP or OS is part its life cycle.

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