Authors, Blog, Books

Cover Reveal! Riptide by Lindsey Schiebe

The launch of a new book is the greatest thing, but when it's the debut book from a new author, it's especially sweet. That's why I'm THRILLED (yes, it deserves all caps) to be part of the cover reveal for author Lindsey Schiebe's first young adult novel Riptide. Here's the description of the book: 17-year-old… Continue reading Cover Reveal! Riptide by Lindsey Schiebe

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Book categorization: Protagonist’s age or story’s theme?

I've been mulling over this post for a while, ever since I read Salon's Laura Miller praising two young adult novels, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Meg Rosoff's There Is No Dog. Not that I have any objection to her praise. On the contrary, what concerned me is the reason for their classification… Continue reading Book categorization: Protagonist’s age or story’s theme?

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Book Recommendation: Dreaming Anastasia

I interviewed author Joy Preble back when her first novel, Dreaming Anastasia, was released, but I didn't read the book until recently — and I'm glad I did. Today, it's my entry for Random Acts of Publicity Week. The young adult book blends history with the paranormal, telling the story of Anne Michaelson. Her dreams… Continue reading Book Recommendation: Dreaming Anastasia

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Book Recommendation: The Death Catchers

For today's entry in Random Acts of Publicity Week, I'm recommending another book I picked up at the Texas Library Association conference, the young adult novel The Death Catchers by Jennifer Anne Kogler. Initially, I must admit, I wasn't too interested in the book. The cover looked to me like the novel was a Hunger… Continue reading Book Recommendation: The Death Catchers

Books, Editors, Revising

Writing Young Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson

Staying on the topic of revising, I talked to someone who knows a lot about making children's literary the best. Deborah Halverson has been on both sides of the desk, working as an editor for Harcourt for 10 years and later as an author of two teen novels, Honk If You Hate Me and Big… Continue reading Writing Young Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson

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Self-publishing and ebooks

Going into the Austin SCBWI chapter's annual conference this weekend -- it was great, by the way -- I was curious to find out how middle-grade novels are selling in ebooks, as that's what I write. I've seen lots of articles in the Publishers Lunch enewsletter saying that ebook sales are rocketing in adult books… Continue reading Self-publishing and ebooks