Beyond the Buzz: Guest Post by Mackenzi Lee

Today I have more in the Beyond the (Latest) Buzz series, where I’m asking YA & kidlit librarians as well as book bloggers to share books they think deserve more attention. Read on to see which title blogger and children’s literature MFA student Mackenzi Lee wants to share…  Guest post by Mackenzi Lee I don’t know if youContinue reading “Beyond the Buzz: Guest Post by Mackenzi Lee”

Beyond the Buzz: New York City Reading Recommendations from Laura Lutz

Welcome to the Beyond the (Latest) Buzz series, where I’m asking YA & kidlit librarians as well as book bloggers to share books they think deserve more attention. Since today happens to be Valentine’s Day, and I love New York City like wow, I thought this would be the perfect day to feature this particular guestContinue reading “Beyond the Buzz: New York City Reading Recommendations from Laura Lutz”

Turning Points: Guest Post by Laura Lam

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Here is Laura Lam, debut author of Pantomime and one of my Anticipated Debuts for February 2013, sharing hers… Guest post by Laura Lam Writing was always something I’dContinue reading “Turning Points: Guest Post by Laura Lam”

Turning Points: “Me and Quitting” by Amy Spalding

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Here is Amy Spalding, debut author of The Reece Malcolm List and one of my Anticipated Debuts for February 2013, sharing hers… Guest post by Amy Spalding I usedContinue reading “Turning Points: “Me and Quitting” by Amy Spalding”

2013 NYC Teen Author Festival

For I guess a few years now one of my author fantasies has been to be a part of the NYC Teen Author Festival organized by David Levithan that happens here in the city every spring. But either I didn’t have a book out in time, or I was away, and I kept looking longinglyContinue reading “2013 NYC Teen Author Festival”

My Next Big Thing: 17 & GONE

One of my wonderful writer friends, Cheryl Tan, author of the delicious A Tiger in the Kitchen, tagged me in this interview series, which will give you a peek at my next book or a work-in-progress. And I admit that what I originally wanted to do was answer these questions about the novel I’m writing now,Continue reading “My Next Big Thing: 17 & GONE”

Take a Workshop with me at the NESCBWI 2013 Conference

If you’re a YA or middle-grade writer planning to go to the New England SCBWI conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, May 3–5, I wanted to tell you two things: Thing One: Registration opens today! You can register for the conference starting at 11am EST today (February 6). Thing Two: And if you register, you’ll have aContinue reading “Take a Workshop with me at the NESCBWI 2013 Conference”

Anticipated YA Debut Interview: THE REECE MALCOLM LIST (+Giveaway)

Today I have an interview with another February 2013 Anticipated YA Debut Author! Our featured author is Amy Spalding—and her first novel, The Reece Malcolm List, is on sale today, February 5, from Entangled Teen! Read on to see how Amy answered my Q&A… Scroll down to see who won the giveaway! Nova: I’ll start with theContinue reading “Anticipated YA Debut Interview: THE REECE MALCOLM LIST (+Giveaway)”

Anticipated YA Debut Interview: PANTOMIME (+Giveaway)

Today I have an interview with one of the February 2013 Anticipated YA Debut Authors! Today’s featured author is Laura Lam—and her first novel, Pantomime, is out in stores tomorrow, February 5, from Strange Chemistry! Read on to see how Laura answered my Q&A… Scroll down to see who won the giveaway! Nova: I’ll start withContinue reading “Anticipated YA Debut Interview: PANTOMIME (+Giveaway)”