Fitting for the day we celebrate Dr. King’s life and work, The Brown Bookshelf has announced their 2012 list of African-American writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults. Each day in February, they’ll spotlight a writer/illustrator as part of their 28 Days Later Initiative. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite!
On the last day of the blog tour, I share some of my writing secrets with The Readiacs. Have a fun, safe, and happy New Years weekend!
I wish you and yours a merry Christmas, or a bountiful Kwanzaa, or a happy Hannukah season, or a just a week full of joy!
Still need to find a gift for the YA reader on your list? Enter my Holiday Giveaway contest to win a copy of My Own Worst Frenemy. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post. Contest is open to U.S. residents only and will run until midnight Dec. 16, 2011. Winner will be chosen randomly. See complete contest rules at link above.
Blog tour stops:
My Reading Room shows Frenemy some love in a review.
Missy’s Reads & Reviews does a Q&A with me.
ETA: closed at midnight Dec. 16, 2011
Today’s blog tour stops:
At Shades of Romance, I’m interviewed about being a writer.
Lissa, Chanti’s nemesis, is interviewed at Me, Myshelf, and I. Click the image below for the full blog tour schedule.
Starting December 12, Langdon Prep is going on a round-the-blogosphere tour for the rest of December. There will be some interviews of me along with characters from the book, plus a few book reviews (that part’s always kinda scary for a writer). I’ll post the blog locations each day, so please check back here on Monday if you want to learn more about Chanti, Marco, and the whole series!
I’ll also post the locations on my Facebook page. If you drop by and feel so inclined, please Like the page!
The book cover designer of the Langdon Prep series, Kristine Mills-Noble at Kensington Books, shows how a book cover is made in this link. I love the covers Kristine has done for my books, so I found this fun to watch. Okay, so she’s doing a romance cover in this video that’s a wee bit hotter than my covers, another reason it was fun to watch. Shirtless guy alert!
I’m already doing my dream job, but Kristine’s job — at least this part of it — probably would be a runner up. Seriously, I really do think I’d love her job. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a lot of things but the top three were: writer, NFL head coach, and artist. Designing book covers would let me work in the worlds of two of my top three. If I went to work for NFL Publishing, it would be a trifecta. Now I remember also wanting to be CEO of Coca-Cola. Not sure how I’d work that one in for a quadfecta (yes, according to wiktionary, in Australia that’s a word).
The next book in the series is called Creeping With the Enemy — here’s the cover. Pretty! It comes out April 24, 2012.
I’ve heard people ask why reading a library book is any different from reading a pirated copy (beyond the fact that one is stealing and the other one isn’t) and I usually get so agitated that I can’t explain it nearly as well as Kristin Laughtin does in a guest post on literary agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog.
Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours with fifty writers and lots of readers at a library Author Meet & Greet — shout out to Aurora Public Library! I had a great time talking to readers, but after the tenth time explaining a word in the title of my book — FRENEMY — I began to wonder if I was crazy and this word was way more obscure than I thought.
Writers don’t need much excuse to start freaking out about their work. But after I had a moment, I realized what was going on. No one who asked me to define the word was in my targeted audience, and no one in my targeted audience needed an explanation. There weren’t many YAs at the meet & greet (where were you guys, anyway?), so it felt like I was out of touch with potential readers.
If you’re trying to sell a product, offer an idea, or even persuade a friend to go out for Thai instead of French, know your audience and work to make sure whatever you’re selling will speak to them. You’ll never make everyone happy, which is great because variety makes the world go ’round. But when it comes to the people you’re trying to woo, work to give them what they want. At the same time, be willing to explain your product to people you never thought would be interested. They might prove you wrong.