Friday, May 15, 2009

Spooky News

A Writer at Home: Gail Carson Levine from Kimberly Willis Holt at A Pen and A Nest. Peek: "I write everywhere: hotels, airports, trains. But I have my reference material at home: my English usage books, costume books, art books that I refer to when I want to describe a character physically, my own books that I sometimes need to go back to. I’m frustrated when these things aren’t there and I need them." Note: also in honor of Children's Book Week, Kimberly asks authors to highlight their favorite out-of-print titles; see more here and here.

Writers Academy 2009 (PDF) at West Texas A&M University. The first WT Writers' Academy (WTWA) will be held June 8 to June 12. Four classes will be offered including "Writing and Publishing Books for Young Readers," which will be taught by author Dian Curtis Regan. Peek: "Regan will foster writers who want to learn to write for a generation raised in CyberSpace through instruction in voice, character and plot development. She will also emphasize marketing tools and how to connect with agents and editors."

An Index Guide to Bubble Stampede!: Two Authors, Two Books, and a 9-month Conversation about...aack!...PROMOTION from Fiona Bayrock and Laura Purdie Salas. A listing of links to posts on everything from Audience to Word of Mouth.

Congratulations to Lili St. Crow on the release of Strange Angels (Razorbill, 2009)! See excerpt. Source: The Compulsive Reader.

Take a peek at this trailer for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Little, Brown, June 2009).

Bridget Zinn Auction Update

Bridget Zinn Auction is taking place between now and 12 a.m. PST May 31. Bid to win critiques from award-winning and "big name" authors, signed books, promotional services, and much more. Recent additions to auction items include: a personalized book launch consult with Mitali Perkins, a lifetime subscription to Children's Book Insider Clubhouse, Web design by Kristina Romero, a children's poetry mauscript critique by Kami Kinard, an end-paper illustration by Carolyn Digby Conohan, books and painting by Grace Lin, an author-and-editor team critique by Dori Chaconas and Andrea Tompa of Candlewick Press, a custom teacher guide for your book, a manuscript critique by Roaring Brook editor Nancy Mercado, and much more!

Author Janet S. Fox has donated a Texas Author Basket featuring The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith, and her own book, Get Organized Without Losing It!

More Personally

Book Review: Eternal from Janet S. Fox at Through the Wardrobe. Janet gives Eternal 5 out of 5 stars! Peek: "...Smith's blend of fantasy, current cultural references, literary and Biblical analogies, and a ripping (pardon the pun) good story make this novel a winner."