Catching Fireflies

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Tag Archives: MG lit

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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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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The Big Reveal! My Book!

It is official! I will be a published author by the end of next month! It has been a long, winding journey, and I have learned so much along the way. I have done things that took courage like letting myself believe enough in my book to hire an editor and letting a stranger read …

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Imagination Can Take You Places

Imagination can take you places. That is the message author, Brandon Mull (1974 – present), tells kids all over the country when he meets them. His stories prove this to be true! I first came across Mr. Mull’s books when I picked up Fablehaven ( 2006) in my local Barnes and Noble. I had been …

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The Magic of the Late Eva Ibbotson

I didn’t discover Eva Ibbotson’s magical novels until I was an adult. Ms. Ibbotson (1925-2010) was an Australian-born British novelist who write novels for kids and young adults. She was born to non-practicing Jewish parents in Austria. Her father was a pioneer in fertility treatment; her mom was a writer. After her parents divorced when …

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