Friday, June 19, 2009

Spooky News & Giveaways

Check out this trailer for David Small's graphic novel memoir, Stitches. Available Sept. 8 from W.W. Norton & Co. Source: A Fuse #8 Production.

Characters by Brian Yansky from Brian's Blog. Peek: "Of course you will discover different levels of yearning as you work through drafts but knowing early what your character primarily yearns for can help you discover a lot." See also Brian on Writing Destinations. Read a Cynsations interview with Brian.

Books with Bite Trailer from MPL Teen Space (doesn't include this spring's releases, but still a comprehensive highlight of vampire-themed YA novels). Note: 10+ minutes.

The Nutcases by Kristi Holl at Writer's First Aid. Peek: "'Whether they appear as your overbearing mother, your manic boss, your needy friend, or your stubborn spouse,' says Cameron, 'the crazymakers in your life share certain destructive patterns that make them poisonous for any sustained creative work.'" See also Get Your Fear Shot.

Wondrous Read Contest: enter to win an autographed copy of Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston (HarperCollins, 2008) by commenting on Lee A. Verday's blog. Then sign up for "Get the Goods" on Jessica Verday's site, where everyone wins. Peek: "Want to keep up-to-date on the latest news about Jessica Verday and The Hollow (Simon Pulse, 2009)? Sign up here, and you'll get a Goodies package sent straight to your door!" Read a Cynsations interview with Lesley.

Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, lllusionists and Other Matters Odd and Magical: a recommendation from Charlotte at Charlotte's Library: Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Children and Teenagers. Peek: "When the difference that lead to someone becoming a sideshow are combined with magic, mystery, and mayhem, there's a lot of room for great writers of fantastical fiction to make gripping and memorable stories. Which is what happens here." Note: Sideshow is edited by Deborah Noyes and will be released next month from Candlewick Press; the anthology includes my short story, "Cat Calls." Read a Cynsations interview with Deborah.

Take the Dare! Show You Care! from Cynthea Liu's launch party. Check out the auction, which includes newly listed editor critiques from Kristin Daly of Balzar & Bray/HarperCollins, Martha Mihalick of Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Andrea Welch of Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, Andrew Karre of Carolrhoda, and freelance editor Stacy Whitman. Notes: see also additional opportunities to bid with more editors, agents, and authors; proceeds to benefit Tulakes Elementary, a Title I school in Oklahoma City. Read Cynsations interviews with Cynthea, Andrew, and Stacy.

Austin News & Events

Austin's Delacorte Dames & Dude Talk YA Literature by Donna Bowman Bratton at Simply Donna. Peek: "There are many challenges in writing for teens. [Jennifer] Ziegler points to the raw emotions teenagers have trouble dealing with. As she says, the emotional 'pendulum doesn't swing quite so far for adults. For that reason, YA novels often have deeper emotional content.'" See also True Friends: DDD Panel Discussion from Shana Burg and Delacorte Dames and Dude Discuss Details, Dreams, Duties, Divisions, and Dealing with Disrespect from Jennifer Ziegler and Things That Make Me Happy from Varian Johnson.

Here are some pics from the event. First up is Jennifer with Delacorte Dude Varian Johnson.

And here's Varian, Jenny, and Shana with April Lurie, Margo Rabb, and moderator Sarah Bird. DDD devotees should also make sure to check out a gorgeous shot of the fab five at April Afloat.

"How To Have a Successful Book Event" led by BookPeople events coordinators, Alison Nihlean and Mandy Brooks will be at 11 a.m. June 20 at BookPeople in Austin. Peek: "It's a collaborative effort that when performed creatively and appropriately, fabulous events happen. They'll share success stories and not so success stories about their years as BookPeople's event organizers, then the floor will be open for questions." Note: sponsored by Austin SCBWI.

Highlights of the Week

Highlights included lunch at Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill on Sixth Street with College Station school librarian and children's author Debbie Leland. Debbie is a rare self-publishing success story. Her books include Aggie Goose Rhymes, The JalapeƱo Man, The Firegator, The Little Prairie Hen, and Daddy's Love. The Little Prairie Hen won the 2005 Texas Golden Spur Award for Children's Literature, given annually by the Texas State Reading Association. Debbie is highly recommended for school visits and other events.

Sparkling debut author Kekla Magoon is also in town this week. We had breakfast at Juan in a Million on East Cesar Chavez St. Note: the restaurant was recently featured on "Man versus Food."

Kekla is the author of The Rock and The River (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2009). In a starred review, Booklist says, "True to the young teen's viewpoint, this taut, eloquent first novel will make readers feel what it was like to be young, black and militant 40 years ago. important title for YA American History classes."

Kekla is offering joint school visit programs with Bethany Hegedus, author of Between Us Baxters (WestSide, 2009). Peek: "Our books span the civil rights era, from the time of segregation in the south to the emergence of black power movements in the urban north. Our interactive workshop can be tailored to the needs of your class, including historical themes, video clips, readers' theater, discussion, writing exercises, handouts, and follow-up classroom activities and teacher resource material." For information on rates, scheduling, etc. contact

More Personally

I'm busy revising Blessed, (Candlewick, 2011), which will crossover the casts of Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007) and Eternal (Candlewick, 2009), picking up where Tantalize leaves off.

Around the kidlitosphere, Anastasia Suen re-runs an article I wrote a few years back, "How to Throw a Launch Book Party," which draws on my experience from the Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007) launch.

Giveaway Updates

Enter to win a bookplate-autographed copy of the new release, Bones of Faerie (Random House, 2009), and traditionally autographed copies of both Secret of the Three Treasures (Holiday House, 2006)(hard copy) and Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, 2006)(paperback) from Cynsations. Note: Gothic includes Janni's short story "Stone Tower."

To enter, email me (scroll and click envelope) with your name and snail/street mail address and type "Janni Lee Simner" in the subject line. Deadline: June 30! Read a Cynsations interview with Janni.

Enter to win your choice of an Eternal T-shirt, hat, or mug from Cynsations! Note: various designs and colors are available. See all of the choices!

You may also win an ARC of one of three YA paranormal books: Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Hyperion, 2008); Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon Pulse, 2008); or Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston (HarperCollins, 2008)!

Here's how to enter:

(1) visit this link: Eternal Book Trailer by Naomi Bates at YA Books and More. Watch the trailer!

(2) (a) Email me (scroll to click envelope); (b) Type "Eternal trailer giveaway" in the subject line; (c) Offer your cheers about the trailer! What do you love about it? What questions does it raise in your mind? (d) Indicate your preferred T-shirt style, size, and color; (e) Rank the ARCs in the order of preference. Note: if you already have one or more of the books, you can mention that too. You are also encouraged to share your cheers in a comment at this post on Naomi's blog, though this is not required to enter. It's just friendly.

Deadline: midnight central time June 30!

Winners of the signed Eternal bookmarks giveaway were Jennifer at the Natrona County Public Library in Casper, Wyoming and Deena at Brighton Memorial Library in Rochester, New York. Bonus sets went out this week to Kathy at the Defiance (Ohio) Public Library, Laini at Culpeper Public Library in Virginia, and Buffy at Creekview High School in Georgia.