Happy Monday! We're back again today with the final installment in our interview with the wonderfully articulate and interesting Ashley Hope Pérez, who has stopped by on her blog tour for her forthcoming novel Out of Darkness. The story is based on... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
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Blog: Finding Wonderland: The WritingYA Weblog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Question: I intend to focus my story around an 19 year old boy who has suffered a lot of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his family. I wantAdd a Comment
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|Jervis McEntee, The Woods of Asshockan, Catskills (1871), St. Johnsbury Athenaeum|
|Jervis McEntee, View Facing the Catskills, 1863, oil, Private Collection|
|Jervis McEntee, Autumn Reverie, 1880, oil on canvas, David and Laura Grey Collection|
Kingston Exhibition: "Jervis McEntee: Kingston’s Artist of the Hudson River School" is at the Friends of Historic Kingston gallery at 63 Main St. in Kingston and will run through October. The museum is only open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm through Oct. 31, 2015. There will be "Noontime Conversations" by noted artists and art historians held on Fridays during the month of September.
The catalog of the Kingston show is called Jervis McEntee: Kingston's Artist of the Hudson River School. It's 62 pages, softcover, with contributions by Lowell Thing and Jane Kellar.
New Paltz Exhibition: The New Paltz exhibition is called "Jervis McEntee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School" It will be on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz through December 13.
The New Paltz show catalog is titled Jervis Mcentee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School. This 130-page monograph presents new scholarship by exhibition curator Lee A. Vedder along with contributions by Kerry Dean Carso, a scholar of the historic Hudson Valley and professor at SUNY New Paltz; and American studies professor David Schuyler, the leading historian on McEntee.
Blog: Inkygirl: Daily Diversions For Writers (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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For those interested, the Font Nerd Table comic above is now available as a greeting card in my card shop.
I do admit that I over-used Comic Sans and Papyrus when they first came out. Fontfaces are so much like fashion, aren't they? You have the basic fontfaces which never seem to go out of style, like Helvetica and Times Roman. But then there are the trendy fonts which are massively popular for a short period of time but then fall by the wayside.
Like Comic Sans. And speaking of Comic Sans, here's my favorite Comic Sans music video ever:
Insider kidlit trivia: Andrew Huang, who makes a guest appearance as a rapper in the video above, is also the voice in Greg Pincus's book trailer for The 14 Fibs Of Gregory K.Add a Comment
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कलाम बनाम औरंगजेब
सभी चैनल वाले मुद्दे से भटक गए हैं बहुत हैरानी की बात है कि आज सडक के नाम पर औरंगजेब और कलाम साहब की तुलना हो रही है… और बहस के दौरान अंट शट बोला जा रहा है वैसे इस संदर्भ में मुझे ज्यादा समझ तो नही पर मेरा मानना यही है कि कलाम साहब के नाम अगर कोई नई सडक बना कर समर्पित की जाती तो बेहतर होता… किसी के नाम को बदलना और फिर विवादों मे पडना … विवादों में तो कलाम साहब भी कभी नही पडे थे तो अब उनके जाने के बाद ये ओछी राजनीति किसलिए शान से कोई नई सडक बना कर उसका नाम कलाम मार्ग रखते तो बहुत बेहतर होता .. !!
सबसे पहले तो दोनों की तुलना करना अजीब है … दूसरा जो इस बहस को तूल दे रहा है वो हास्यास्पद है और तीसरा अगर जालिमों को हटाने की इतनी ही बात है तो बहुत जल्द यह मुद्दा भी उठेगा कि दशहरा किसलिए मनाते हैं क्यो रावण को हर साल याद करते हैं क्यो राम लीला होती जब कि वो इतना जालिम था… बात ये है ही नही बात सिर्फ इतनी है कि अगर कोई नई सडक बनाकर कलाम साहब का नाम दिया जाता तो अच्छा था … खैर !!
पता नही क्या हो गया मीडिया को, एकंरिग करते करते एंकर इस बात की पैरवी करने लगते हैं कि कलाम साहब के नाम पर रोड सही है औरंगजेब के नाम पर सही नही है… लडते भिडते चिलाते, नेता , आखं दिखातें अलग अलग चैनल के एंकर … दुखद … अफसोस !!!
मुद्दा भटक गया है … हां पर टीआरपी जरुर बढ गई है यानि की उद्देश्य सफल हुआ चैनल वालो का !!!
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August 2015: 13 books and scripts read
The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Freitas was a thought-provoking novel.
I'm also enjoying the Wise Girl Daily Wisdom emails from Robin Brande that go along with her new non-fiction release, The Wise Girl's Guide to Life.
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|Monks and Scribes Guild Seeks Injunction |
Against New Self-Publisher, Gutenberg
It reminds one of how the music industry's decades-long, rigid control of who gets to have their music made available to the public, and how much it should cost, crumbled with the arrival of internet alternatives. Some, like pirating, were not valid alternatives, but others like You Tube gave artists a chance to gain an audience, and revenues, from a large, potential fan base without going through the major labels. Here's how things have evolved in a related way for book publishing.
Legacy publishers are the long-serving, traditional publishers for the book industry. Over time, many of these publishers and their imprints have been acquired and merged into a fewer number of mega-corporations. The modern business practices and required profit margins imposed by the mega-corporations on their new publishing divisions have led to smaller editorial staff to acquire new manuscripts, guide them through the publication process, and conduct the marketing program. Since they have trimmed their work force to far fewer skilled editorial staff to do this work, the initial acquisition process has largely been farmed out to private, literary agents, who now act as the industry's first-line gatekeepers--at no cost to the mega-corporation.
Gatekeepers--there appear to be many literary agents available to do this job, but they all must compete to sell to the same mega-corporations. The marketability of any manuscript may depend on genres and themes that are currently in vogue, as researched by the mega-corporations, and a new writer working with a theme in any other area has difficulties getting past the gatekeepers. Agents, without a sufficient number of well-known writers contributing material to them, may choose to resort to passing along part of their overhead and operating costs to their hopeful, new writers--an increased price of admission for the writer.
The mega-corporations also depend to a much greater extent now on enlisting the free services of authors in their marketing campaigns, such as making book-signing tours. Some authors may relish this, others may not.
The early business models of the new, self-publishing providers seem designed to give authors greater access to getting their book produced in e-book or printed versions, with minimal gatekeeping hurdles, and at essentially no cost to the author. However, there has been little marketing followup by the self-publishing provider, aside from displaying an attractive webpage wherein the book description and its contents may be sampled online by the prospective reader, and which provides the reader an opportunity to click on the ordering button. But how to coax the reader to find that page? Providing links on your own blogging pages, or getting the book reviewed by other bloggers, are typical author strategies. An author can also make his book more attractive to the casual web surfer by publicizing favorable reviews from prominent readers' websites, like ReadersFavorites.com, or GoodReads.com. Such marketing is hard, and requires a degree of luck to get a following, but it can be done in a writer's available time, and from his own office.
The newest business model of "reader-powered" publishing" is the (Amazon) Kindle Scout venture. In this model:
Authors who want to get their books published submit to Kindle Scout and accept the Submission & Publishing Agreement. The first pages (about 5,000 words) from each book are posted on the Kindle Scout website for a 30-day scouting period where readers can nominate up to three books at a time. The more nominations a book receives, the more likely it gets discovered by the Kindle Scout team. If selected, the book will be published by Kindle Press and all the readers who nominated the book will receive an early, free copy and be invited to leave reviews.
When an author's book is selected by this process, Kindle Press offers a $1,500 advance and 50% e-book royalties. Kindle Press books will be enrolled and earn royalties for participation in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited, as well as be eligible for targeted email campaigns and promotions. The advance and e-book royalties seem acceptable, but the proposed Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited compensation is not specifically given. In the past my opinion of those programs in the earlier (and ongoing) business model has been they provide library content to serve as free perks to attract subscription-based customer programs, but provide little or no compensation to the writers.
I think I might like to submit a manuscript to Kindle Scout, and if so, would report more on the experience later. Add a Comment
Blog: Here in the Bonny Glen (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Me, answering a question distractedly: That’s just, um—
Rilla, shocked: That’s just dumb?
Me: No, just ‘UM’—I was thinking.
Rilla: That makes more sense. If you had really said ‘that’s just dumb,’ I would have thought you had a bad sickness.Add a Comment
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I’m sharing this letter that’s been going around the interwebs today. I wish for all teachers that they can experience this level of support.
Have a great school year!Add a Comment
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“Traveling is never a matter of money, but of courage.”—Paulo Coelho Sometimes it’s financial security that holds us back, other times it’s emotional security, but it takes courage to step outside your front door and head out into the world. … Continue readingAdd a Comment
Don't make these mistakes when you're naming your character.
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All of my books to date have one thing in common: some aspect of the fantastic which, if looked at from the right angle, might not be fantastic at all. I’m using the “removed from reality” meaning of the fantastic: those things which, by definition, do not exist (because if they do, they are not fantastic). A decades-long rain, a kindred serpentine spirit, a fungus run amok, and even the fate-changing baseball cards could have both supernatural and natural explanations. The magical is usually a human interpretation of what’s going on. They are improbable but not impossible events.
When I am second guessing myself, I wonder if I should inject more fantasy in my books, to be a bigger hit with readers, and their insatiable appetite for superheroes and mythic beasts. Or, conversely, if I should abandon the fantastic all together and write strictly realistic books, and be a bigger hit with tastemakers. Either road would be better than wandering aimlessly between them, I figure.
Why not write both, some well meaning person will suggest. And some writers do, but I don’t work that way. It takes quite a bit of effort to finish a book, and the ones I see through are the ones that reflect the deep indecisiveness of my soul.
And I really don’t know, at least as far as fiction goes. There are uses for enchantment but also epistemology. Personally, I feel like the real world has plenty of miracles that surpass the imaginations of our most fanciful authors, but these miracles take patience, pondering and closer observation to appreciate.
I’m thinking about it now as I look into the abyss of “what’s next,” with one manuscript (which has the least magic of any book yet, but not quite none) almost ready to send out into the world. I have a ghost story that needs revising, an utterly fantastic/fairy tale kind of book I started in a fit of excitement, and a gritty magical-realistic book written in draft form that is probably inappropriate for children. I’ve also considered writing nonfiction, but kind of like the way I’ve considered marathons.
I’ll have to pick one project and see it through, or (more in line with past experience), one of them will pick me.
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In addition to being a debut picture book author, Christian Trimmer is an editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. I love his enthusiasm for kidlit/YA on his Twitter feed, plus he's edited some pretty amazing books. Like THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH by Daniel Kraus (here's what I posted about the book), which comes out from S&S BFYR this October.
Synopsis of SIMON'S NEW BED, written by Christian Trimmer and illustrated by Melissa van der Paardt:
"After a lazy afternoon of watching cat and dog videos, I was inspired to write this harrowing tale of the deep-rooted tension that exists between siblings. Much like Cal and Aron Trask or the daughters of King Lear, Simon and Miss Adora Belle are in a never-ending battle for supremacy. Also, cats stealing dog beds!"
Q. Could you please take a photo of something in your office and tell us the story behind it?
I’m a huge Ben Clanton fan. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers recently published his Something Extraordinary, which I was very fortunate to inherit from Julia Maguire (who is now at Random House). Ben’s stories are so sweet and playful, and his art is wonderfully expressive. He and I are working on a bunch more books together. He happened to be in New York for BEA this year, and we hung out at the Art Auction. He had donated a fantastic piece to the auction, and I put in a bid on it—I was desperate for more original art for my office, specifically Ben Clanton art. Ben saw my name on the sheet, and he was all, “Christian, you really don’t have to do that” to which I responded, “Ben, I want to do it” and he said, “I mean, you really don’t have to do that.” I thought he was just being modest or shy. At the last minute, someone outbid me. But as it turns out, which I discovered when we met at the S & S offices the next day, he had packed a different piece from the same series—this one—for me. All together now: Awwww!
Q. What advice do you have for young writers?
1. Be nice. To everyone.
I know that this is advice you give to a small child, but it’s really applicable when you’re an aspiring writer. Because when it’s time for your book to come out, the book that you’ve spent years perfecting, the story you’ve cried over and on, the manuscript that represents everything good about your mind and soul…you want people to think of you fondly. Because when people like you, they want to support you. So maybe they buy your book. Maybe they talk about your book with their teacher friends. Maybe they share your Facebook status update. More than that, you never know from where the next great opportunity is going to come. As an example, I recently ran into this restaurant manager that I’ve known for a couple of years. He’s a great guy and so good at his job, and I’m always happy to see him. This most recent time, I mentioned that my debut book, Simon’s New Bed, was about to come out. He was so genuinely excited for me, and not only that, he reached out to his mom who oversees the nursery division at one of the best schools in New York. Now, I’m scheduled to read to her students in October!
2. Everyone has her/his own path.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed in our glorious industry. Advice is flying at you from every direction, advice from editors and agents and other writers, published and not. But it’s important to regularly remind yourself that this is your journey, and it’s not going to look like anyone else’s. For a long time, despite hungering to create something, I resisted writing. As a book editor, I’m surrounded daily by gifted writers, many of whom have studied the craft for years, who have masters degrees, who have written for TV shows, who have won awards. I often thought, Don’t bother. Leave it to the real professionals. But something clicked one day, this acceptance that I had something worthwhile to say. So I finally took the chance. And I sold the first picture book manuscript I wrote, and then the second, and then the third. I still have moments of insecurity, but I’m getting better. So, listen to the advice that others are giving you and take the advice that makes sense to you. Then, go create!
Q. What are you excited about right now?
My Fall 2015 list is AWESOME. I’m, of course, excited for all of those books, which you can find here. But I’d like to single out a novel that my colleague Ruta Rimas is editing called The Way I Used to Be. It’s by Amber Smith, and it’s beautiful and devastating and empowering. It comes out this March.
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This Ford Street anthology, in which I have my Eugowra robbery story, is coming out in late October, earlier than originally planned, yay! It will be launched at whichever school wins the privilege(last time it was Princes Hill). I do hope it's somewhere I can reach easily. The book is the third Trust Me! anthology, but they've changed the title and they have certainly changed the cover. Take a look:
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And then I saw my badge from my 50th High School Reunion (!) and I knew just what I wanted to tell that Earnest, Smiling, Tenacious, Hopeful, Enthusiastic and Resourceful about-to-enter-college voted “Likely to Succeed” Teacher-Writer Wannabe – the one (I've since surprisingly learned) her fellow classmates viewed as confident, even though she knew “Self-UNassured” was the more appropriate and telling S and that her metaphorical non-stop paddling feet beneath the water’s surface belied the appearance of smooth and happy sailing.
you choose/need/desire to undertake - to love, befriend, embrace
or honor, achieve, create, realize or become, confront, rebound,
overcome, triumph, I absolutely assure you:
you are MORE than enough!”
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I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora is a gloriously witty and murderous book and I can’t love it enough! It’s a book about books (bookception!) and how can an avid bookworm not love and adore that?! If you geek out over books and authors — this was built specifically for you. Obviously it’s about the infamous To Kill a […]Add a Comment
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I'm vacationing in Maine
And surrounded by the sea.
As the season's winding down,
It's a lovely place to be.
There is sea food, there is beer,
Lots of ice cream, small-batch made;
Restaurants with outdoor decks,
Some where music's being played.
There are trails and boats and bikes,
Lots of stores with souvenirs,
Plus museums and historic homes
With old-time atmospheres.
It's a change of pace for me,
Some relaxing by the shore,
But of course that is exactly
What vacationing is for.
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Summer’s almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Here are some great links to keep you reading and writing far into the fall.
Summer Notebooking :: Amy Ludwig Vanderwater
Summer Road Trip! Five More Books Set in Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Kansas :: Barnes and Noble (lovely to find Miss May here!)
Fifty Great Books for Kids to Read This Summer :: The Washington Post
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Our weather has changed this week from sweltering heat to a pleasant 80's. We are very happy to have had some all too brief rainfall.
Everyone is looking forward to fall. The occasional smell of wood smoke from a neighborhood woodstove is accepted as pleasant, unlike the smoke from wildfires. Fall means colorful trees in oranges, yellows, and reds. It is soon followed by falling leaves that blanket the ground and crunch underfoot. There is a crispness to the air.
Many around here grow their own vegetables and fruit in gardens of all sizes. Some dedicated homemakers can and freeze the harvest from their gardens. They will enjoy the results from now until it is time to plant again. Soon it will be time to put those gardens to bed except for those hardy farmers who will plant fall crops.
It is time to start thinking of holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is a good time to put the children to work making homemade decorations, or homemade gifts for Christmas. Decorations may be used for many years and be pleasant reminders of past celebrations. Help your children to understand that gift giving should come from the heart not from an ad in the newspaper. Everyone will appreciate the treasure that comes from little hands.
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I'm officially in that panicked home stretch, trying to race to The End of LET THE WIND RISE. So my brain is a blur of wind wars and sylph world building. But here's an attempt at this week's MMGM links:
- Mary Kincaid joins the MMGM fun with a feature on HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.
- Michelle Mason is casting her vote for DON'T VOTE FOR ME, with an author interview and a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot has chills for FIERCE WINDS AND FIERY DRAGONS, along with an interview. Click HERE to check it out.
- Sher A Hart is gushing about DRAGONS OF THE DARK RIFT. Click HERE to read her review.
- Jess at the Reading Nook wishes she could go to THE SCHOOL FOR SIDEKICKS. Click HERE to see why.
- Katie at Story Time Secrets is sweet on THE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN: GREEN THUMBS-UP. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is building a FORT. Click HERE to read his review.
- Suzanne Warr is back and talking Mythbusters and 20 MASTER PLOTS and THE FIRST FIFTY PAGES. Click HERE to see what that's all about.
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.
Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!
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