Guest Post: Erik Talkin on Finding the Book You Are Uniquely Qualified to Write

By Erik Talkin

I had been the talented “nearly” man for a while, with a middle-grade that was purchased by a mid-level publisher that promptly decided to get out of the MG market before the book was published.

This was followed by a novel that went to the final stages of acquisition with a major publisher, before the marketing department decided that series were out that week.

Continue Reading Guest Post: Erik Talkin on Finding the Book You Are Uniquely Qualified to Write »

Guest Post: Nora Shalaway Carpenter & Challenging the Rural Stereotype

By Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Recently I chatted with Nasugraq Rainey Hopson, Tirzah Price, Rob Costello, and Monica Roe, four of Rural Voices’ (Candlewick, 2020) talented contributors. Here’s what they said about rural stories, stereotypes, and the representation of rural life in literature.

What do you hope readers take away from Rural Voices?

Continue Reading Guest Post: Nora Shalaway Carpenter & Challenging the Rural Stereotype »

New Cynsations Reporter Bree Bender

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Today, I am so excited to welcome Bree Bender to the Cynsations Team! Bree joins us as a reporter-at-large covering the many facets of the children’s-YA community.

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?

First,

Continue Reading New Cynsations Reporter Bree Bender »

Author Interview: Martha Brockenbrough on Real-Life Inspirations for Stories

By Gail Vannelli

If you love old dogs and small kids, Martha Brockenbrough’s newly published picture book This Old Dog, illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo (Levine Querido, 2020) will capture your attention and your heart as you experience a friendship blooming between “old dog” and “his girl.” The story is remarkably well written, using one-syllable words that children—and dogs—can understand.

A nominee of the 2021 Pacific Northwest Book Awards,

Continue Reading Author Interview: Martha Brockenbrough on Real-Life Inspirations for Stories »

New Voices: Kelly J. Baptist & Jess Rinker on the People Who’ve Influenced Their Writing

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

A big welcome to middle-grade debut authors, Kelly J. Baptist and Jess Rinker. Both authors share with us how the people around them influence their writing as well as moments along their journeys to publication.

Kelly Baptist 

What first inspired you to write for young readers?

I think it was when I was reading Laura Numeroff’s If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,

Continue Reading New Voices: Kelly J. Baptist & Jess Rinker on the People Who’ve Influenced Their Writing »

New Cynsations Reporter Rebecca Kirshenbaum

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

I am pleased to introduce Cynsations readers to our newest reporter, Rebecca Kirshenbaum, pictured above with one of her sons. She will cover books by neurodiverse authors reflecting neurodiverse characters as well as their work more globally.

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

Continue Reading New Cynsations Reporter Rebecca Kirshenbaum »

Guest Post: Emma Kress on Hope

By Emma Kress

2020. What. A. Year. And, um, as you may have noticed, it ain’t over yet.

So what is it that drags us from our beds each day? Sure, for many of us it’s our insistent children. But besides them? Hope.

This year, we’ve seen the footprints of hope everywhere: billboards thanking medical workers, corporations promoting #BlackLivesMatter, Italian citizens stepping to their balconies to sing,

Continue Reading Guest Post: Emma Kress on Hope »

New Voices: Tziporah Cohen & Donna Barba Higuera on Writing Their Own Experiences

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

I’m so excited to welcome debut middle-grade authors Tziporah Cohen and Donna Barba Higuera to Cynsations today. Both authors share with us the joys and challenges of writing to their own experiences.

Congratulations on your debuts!

Tziporah Cohen

What first inspired you to write for young readers?

I sort of fell into it,

Continue Reading New Voices: Tziporah Cohen & Donna Barba Higuera on Writing Their Own Experiences »

Editor Interview: Angelella Editors on Freelance Editing

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Today we’re chatting with a few Angelella Editorial editors about what it’s like to be a freelance editor, along with tips for working with a freelance editor.

First, what makes Angelella Editorial different from other editorial companies?

Diane: We’re small enough to work as a team, but large enough to offer a range of perspectives and experiences to prospective clients.

Continue Reading Editor Interview: Angelella Editors on Freelance Editing »

New Voices: K.T. Mather & Cameron Kelly Rosenblum on Hearing Your Character’s Voice

By Gayleen Rabakukk, photo above Cameron Kelly Rosenblum, flanked by her Writers House co-agents Bri Johnston and Allie Levick and foreign rights agents Aless Birch and Cecilia de la Campa.

K.T. Mather

What was your initial inspiration for writing this book?

So my character, Elaine, ends up writing a book-within-the-book…and she hits a point where she’s really struggling and says to her friend,

Continue Reading New Voices: K.T. Mather & Cameron Kelly Rosenblum on Hearing Your Character’s Voice »