Friday, April 25, 2008

Spooky News, Links & Giveaways

Enter to win one of three autographed copies of A Growling Place by Thomas Aquinas Maguire (Simply Read, 2007)(author-illustrator interview)! To enter, email me with your name and snail/street mail address by 10 p.m. CST April 29! Please also type "A Growling Place" in the subject line. Note: one copy will be awarded to a teacher/librarian (please identify yourself accordingly in your entry), and two copies will be awarded to any Cynsational readers!

Thomas says: "It's about nighttime and tea, wind gusts and windows, feathers, birds, blankets, bears, bedtime and a little girl named Aril who befriends all of these things." Read the whole interview.

Reminder: Enter to win a copy of By Venom's Sweet Sting (Mirrorstone, 2007). To enter, email me with your name and snail/street mail address by 10 p.m. CST April 30! Please also type "By Venom's Sweet Sting" in the subject line. Note: one copy will be awarded to any Cynsations YA reader, and one copy will be awarded to a member of Tantalize Fans Unite! at MySpace. Please identify yourself accordingly as part of your entry! Don't miss the latest Hallowmere book, latest Hallowmere novel, Between Golden Jaws by Tiffany Trent (Mirrorstone, 2008)(sample chapter)! Read a Cynsations interview with Tiffany.

More News & Links

Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling's Copyright Case: Behind All The Legal Jargon: Case against The Harry Potter Lexicon hinges on the doctrine of fair use — but what does that mean? by Shawn Adler from MTV. Peek [quoting J.K.]: "This trial has decimated my creative work over the last month," she said. "You lose the [plot] threads and worry whether you'll be able to pick them up again. Should my fans be flooded with a surfeit of substandard books--so-called lexicons--I'm not sure I'd have the will or heart to continue." Source: Alex Flinn.

"We Don't Make Fuzzy-Bunny Books" (Part 2) from Tony DiTerlizzi, co-creator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. Peek: "Before I post more sketches of the characters and world I created for Kenny and the Dragon, I thought I would share some of the inspirational art that I looked at while writing the story."

The Adoration of Jenna Fox (by Mary E. Pearson (Henry Holt, 2008)): official website has been expanded to offer trailer, reviews, sample chapter, author bio, author interview, and medical-ethics related links. See also "Meanwhile, Back in the Garden..." from Mary.

More Personally

This weekend's Austin SCBWI conference has sold out! Here's a warm Texas howdy to all of the speakers and participants, especially my Candlewick editor Deborah Wayshak! I hope to see some of you there! Note: here's a sneak peek from Chris Barton at Bartography: Get some wisdom from accomplished children's literature professionals. Or from me.

Congratulations, Y'all!

Congratulations to Austin YA author Varian Johnson on his sale of The Path of The Righteous to Delacorte!

Crank the sound and check out the Austin Public Library's Bibliofiles book cart drill team's winning performance at the recent Texas Library Association in Dallas, Texas. Wow!