Friday, October 22, 2010

Spooky News & The Wish Stealers Giveaway

Congratulations to P.J. Hoover on the release of The Forgotten Worlds Book 3: The Necropolis (CBAY/Blooming Tree, 2010)! From the promotional copy: "The situation in Lemuria is rapidly deteriorating. In fact teleportation between the hidden continent and the outside world has become so dangerous, all agents and their families have been recalled. Although Benjamin is pleased to be living in Lemuria full time, he knows he needs to find his last sibling soon. However, between classes, a murderous half-brother, and complications with his friend Heidi, Benjamin can barely focus. Besides, there's only one place left they haven't searched - the hidden continent of Atlantis." See a guest blog by P.J. and Jessica Lee Anderson on Sophomore Novels.

What's an Imprint? by Stacy Whitman from Stacy Whitman's Grimoire. Peek: "First off, let's distinguish between a smaller company and an imprint. Big and small publishers will both have imprints. You may have an advantage getting published with a smaller press because they'll often be able to give more personalized attention from the editorial stage on through production and promotion---though that can depend, too." Read a Cynsations interview with Stacy.

Children's Writer-in-Residence: Thurber House invites authors to apply for the 2011 residency in children's literature. Peek: "The Thurber House Residency in Children’s Literature offers talented, emerging writers a month-long retreat in a lovely, quiet living and working environment in James Thurber’s home in Columbus, Ohio. Besides having time to focus on his/her own writing project, the resident will teach writing-based activities to middle-grade children in a variety of community settings, including the Thurber Summer Writing Camp."

Walking the Edge by Sarah Bromley from The Slanted Mirror. Peek: "In my opinion, edgy is more ground-breaking than gritty. Gritty is more often a dark tone and a pervasive seediness, a moral ambiguity, that flows throughout the story. But edgy is the subject matter at the heart of the book."

The Shrinking Violet Online Personal Workshop Week One, Week Two: The Many Layers of You, Week Three: Connecting the Dots from R.L. La Fevers. Peek: "...helping you create an internet presence that you are comfortable with, that makes you accessible, and doesn’t feel like shilling. The workshop isn’t only about creating a new presence, but can also be used to refine, tweak, or revamp an existing one."

Oh Boy, Books: Helping Parents Find Perfect Books and Encourage Their Kids Love of Reading: a new blog in the kidlitosphere.

Inspiration vs. Writing Every Day by Tabitha Olson from Writer Musings. Peek: "I write on the days that I can, and don't write on the days I can't. For this reason alone, I don't have the luxury of waiting around for inspiration to strike because I can't sit down to write anytime I want."

Trends in Children's Publishing: A Panel: a report by Mary Kole from Peek: "Rosemary [Stimola] made sure to point out — and some writers disagree with this, but I completely enforce this idea — that publishers aren’t printers. They’re purveyors of content. And no matter the platform, whether ebook or printed book or app, people will always need stories, art, and content." Read a Cynsations interview with Mary.

Writers Links: Promotion: resources for connecting a book to young readers from Cynthia Leitich Smith Children's-YA Literature Resources.

A Graphic Take on Homer: Gareth Hinds' The Odyssey by Kate Culkin from Publishers Weekly. Peek: "With The Odyssey, published on October 12 by Candlewick, Gareth Hinds continues his project of reinterpreting classic texts in the graphic novel format. With this 256-page work, in watercolor and pastel, he hopes to find a wide audience in schools and libraries, while still appealing to adults."

The Temptation of Thinking Someone Has Made It by Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent. Peek: "We keep striving no matter how high we've climbed, even those who have climbed the highest. Pressure can cut into satisfaction, and the spotlight can be uncomfortable." Read a Cynsations interview with Nathan.

Writers Digest "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest: Young Adult Division from Chuck Sambuchino from Guide to Literary Agents. Judge: Tamar Rydzinski of Laura Dail Literary Agency in NYC. Note: " contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes."

10 Rules for Writing About Cops by Joe McKinney from Stet! Peek: "If I could give you one metaphor for police work, it would be this. Imagine standing in the middle of a huge river and being told you have to drink every drop of water that comes by. Every drop that does get by is a case that goes unsolved." Source: April Henry.

Spooky Screening Room

Happy Teen Read Week, Oct. 17 to Oct 23, celebrating Books with Beat! Teens are invited to vote for the 2011 Teen Read Week theme. Check out the 2010 Teens Top Ten. Share how you celebrated at the Teen Read Week wiki. Watch this video of Niki Grimes talking about reading, writing, and how libraries began a refuge and inspiration to her as a teen!

Check out the book trailer for The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan (Simon & Schuster, 2010).

Check out the book trailer for The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan (Houghton Mifflin, 2010):

More Personally

In 2010, I'm celebrating my tenth anniversary as an author for young readers! If you would like to ask me a question about my past decade in youth literature, please feel free to write me at my website or comment/message me on any of my blogs/networks. Note: Blogger readers may comment at Cynsations at LiveJournal. I'll choose several to answer next month.

Thank you to Jama Rattigan for the bookstore shelf shot of Tantalize (Candlewick, 2008) and Eternal (Candlewick, 2010) paperback on in her recent post Hawai'i Book Sightings.

Look for Blessed (PDF) on pages 24 and 25 of the Candlewick Press spring-summer 2011 catalog.

Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith Review and ARC Giveaway by Insert Book Title Here. Peek: "The world of Tantalize and Eternal combine in Blessed (PDF) to create an amazing story that is captivating. I loved both of the previous novels, but Blessed has blown them both out of the water. This is Cynthia at her best." Note: U.S. and Canadian citizens are eligible to win. Deadline: midnight Oct. 31. Enter here.

Spooky Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas (Aladdin, 2010)! To enter, email me (scroll and click envelope) with your name and type "The Wish Stealers" in the subject line LiveJournal, Facebook, JacketFlap, MySpace, and Twitter readers are also welcome to just privately message or comment me with the name in the header/post. I'll write you for contact information, if you win. Deadline: Oct. 31. Sponsored by Simon & Schuster; U.S. entries only. Read a Cynsations interview with Tracy. Note: the email link was broken on previous announcements of this giveaway. It should work now. Please try again. My apologies for the inconvenience.

Spooky Events

"Beyond Feathers and Fangs: Crossing Borders in Realistic and Fantasy Fiction, with Cynthia Leitich Smith" at The 33rd Annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar - Kalamazoo Public Library. The seminar costs $40 (lower student rates are available) and is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m Nov. 5. Note: Maria Perez-Stable and Beth Amidon will also present a book talk, and additional speakers are Gillian Engberg, Booklist editor, and Debbie Reese, UIUC professor. See more on the speakers. Note: I'll also be speaking on Nov. 4 in a public event at the Kalamazoo Public Library!