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Tag Archives: childrens lit

Giving Me Goosebumps!

Back in the mid-90s, my nephew used to read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. I admit that I never picked one up back then and only recently read a few entries in the long list of books by this author. There are over 200 of them! R.L. Stine (1943-present) is a seriously prolific writer! Often called the …

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Love to Discover NYS Authors!

I always love to research an author I enjoy and discover that they live within an easy morning drive of me. No, I do not stalk them! But it is nice to know that not all authors live in big cities like New York City or exotic locales. 🙂 Vivian Vande Velde was born in …

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The Exhilarating Nausea

Yes, that is what it feels like – exhilarating nausea. After many years of wanting to publish, or just write consistently, I finally have a book “out there.” I still can’t believe it! I get chills when I see the cover scroll past on someone else’s Facebook timeline, or when I click on it in …

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You are So Ugly!

At least you are ugly if you refuse to bend to society’s norms in Scott Westerfeld’s series! Scott David Westerfeld (1963 to present) lives in Australia and New York City. His young adult Uglies series has more than 3 million books in print and spent many weeks on the New York Times best seller list. It …

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Self-Promotion for Introverts

That is the name of the book or course I need to find and absorb. My first novel will be out in the world this month (YEAH!) and I am clueless as to how to promote and market it. Even if I had gone the traditional route and found a “real” publisher to take it on, I …

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Woohoo!! It is the official release day of my first novel! 😊 Available in print and ebook on Amazon.

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Diane Duane’s Wizardry

 Diane Duane (1952-present) didn’t begin publishing her books for kids and teens until I was almost out of her targeted demographic. I admit that I did not hear about her in 1979, 1983 or even 1985 when her first three books came out and I was still in middle and high school. Instead, I came across her Book …

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From Princess Academy to Ever After High

Shannon Hale (1974-present) has been publishing for middle grade readers and young adults since 2003. She began writing at the age of ten, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Here is one author who followed a straight path to her dream! She did take a side step here …

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