Guest Post: Shutta Crum on A New Life for an Out-of-Print Book

Learn more about Shutta Crum

By Shutta Crum

So you’re zipping along—doing your thing—and below the radar one, or more, of your books goes silently out of print.

When a book goes out of print, it always hurts—it’s a death in the family. You’ve spent a significant portion of your life living with it, writing it, and cheering it on. Now, it’s no longer available.

Continue Reading Guest Post: Shutta Crum on A New Life for an Out-of-Print Book »

Guest Post: Lee Wind: From Kickstarter to Book – The Wild Roller Coaster of Publishing My Debut YA Novel

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,

Continue Reading Guest Post: Lee Wind: From Kickstarter to Book – The Wild Roller Coaster of Publishing My Debut YA Novel »

Author Interview: Longy Han on Crowdfunding Books

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Longy Han is the author of two books, Gusto & Gecko Travel to Kenya, illustrated by Elinor Hagg (Longy Han, 2015) and Gusto & Gecko Travel to New Orleans, illustrated by Elinor Hagg (Longy Han, 2016).

Her publication journey began as a crowdfunding project, and the second book was recently picked up by Scholastic Reading Club.

Continue Reading Author Interview: Longy Han on Crowdfunding Books »

Author Interview: Zetta Elliott on Ghosts, Magic & Imperialism

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Zetta Elliott‘s last Cynsations interview was in 2009. Since then she’s published more than two dozen

books and nearly twice as many essays, like Decolonizing the Imagination for The Horn Book (March 2010).

I’ve been thinking a lot about the lasting effects of Imperialism and how it influences both society and literature. When I learned Zetta’s latest MG novel explores those themes –

Continue Reading Author Interview: Zetta Elliott on Ghosts, Magic & Imperialism »

Guest Post: Jaclyn Dolamore on Writing Beloved Books

By Jaclyn Dolamore

I’ve moved into indie publishing lately, where it is entirely my choice which books I release into the world. So, I’ve been thinking about branding.

One thing it has taken me a while to realize is that just because you don’t write the most popular thing and you get some bad reviews because of it, doesn’t mean you need to change anything.

My second novel,

Continue Reading Guest Post: Jaclyn Dolamore on Writing Beloved Books »

Guest Post: Linda Covella on Going Indie: Tips & Advice on Self-Publishing in the YA Book Market

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.

Editing

By the time you’re ready to publish,

Continue Reading Guest Post: Linda Covella on Going Indie: Tips & Advice on Self-Publishing in the YA Book Market »