16th Day… Snow is Glistening

The Gift of Words (and Art)                                               Bell GIF

Brooks Benjamin, author of MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS, has completed his latest middle grade project and was privy to a sneak peek at his cover art for TIGHTS–he’s in love.

Publishers Marketplace announced that actress Adriana Mather sold her debut YA novel, HOW TO HANG A WITCH to Nancy Hinkel at Knopf Books for Young Readers. Adriana is a direct descendent of Puritan minister Cotton Mather, a man involved in the Salem witch trials. Look for crimes, haunting and lost secrets in this debut coming in fall 2016.

A Holiday Assortment of Courses, Classrooms & Conferences

Amy Allgeyer, author of WATER FOR STARFISH (Egmont 2016), has been selected to serve on two panels at the Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI conference in Boise, ID in April 2015. She and other authors will be talking about different revision techniques, and later will discuss the topic of diverse books on a panel including Matt de la Pena, Suzanne Morgan Williams and Gloria Skurzynski.

Laura Shovan, author of THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, is an enthusiastic poet-in-the-schools who has just completed a poetry residency at Manor Woods Elementary, funded in part by the Howard County Arts Council. Student poems can be found on her blog.

Kim Savage, author of AFTER THE WOODS, will present two workshops at Grub Street’s The Muse and the Marketplace conference in Boston next Spring: Hey Kid, Can I Borrow That When You’re Done? What Blurred Lines Between YA and Adult Readership Mean For the Writer and Beyond the Query: New Ways To Snag An Agent and Land A Book Deal.

HOUR OF THE BEES author Lindsay Eagar will teach a class at Utah’s LDStorymakers Conference in May 2015. Her class is called “Secrets of a Slush Pile Reader” and she’ll be sharing the querying knowledge she gained while interning for a literary agent.

Kate Hart’s The “Badass Ladies You Should Know” project kicked off with a profile of Sarah Enni, the brain behind the First Draft podcast.

Victoria J. Coe, author of FENWAY & HATTIE, is teaching an eight-week course at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education called, “Writing Fiction for Kids and Young Adults.” The class will meet in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA on Mondays at 5:30PM from Jan. 12-Mar. 16th.

(Present)ing Publications:

Bridget Hodder, author of THE RAT PRINCE was honored to have her story, The Miracle of the Child, included in an anthology of holiday micro-stories with several other authors (from debuts to best-sellers), TINY TREATS: A HOLIDAY COLLECTION. It topped out at #4 in Amazon’s Kindle Best Seller list for Short Stories and #5 on the same list for Romance Anthologies in November. It’s a fun, free download and a holiday present from the authors to you! Check out the Amazon reviews!

Ellen Goodlett, author of THE QUIET ONES, has a short story featured in the upcoming anthology, Athena’s Daughters: Volume II. This anthology, by Silence in the Library Publishing, features science fiction stories about women by women, and it’s funded via Kickstarter. Check out the campaign and help spread the word!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner has sold to Andersen Press in the UK.

Foreign rights for Brittany Cavallaro’s novel A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE and two sequels have been sold to Rocco, for publication in Brazil in Portuguese, to DTV for publication in Germany, and in France to Pocket Jeunnesse. Rights to the first book have sold to Faces in Taiwan.

In addition to North American English rights which sold to Harlequin Teen, Shea Olsen has sold foreign rights for FLOWER to the following territories and languages: English, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Norway, Greece, Spanish, Serbian, Turkey, Israel, Slovak and Czech, and France. FLOWER is scheduled for release in February 2016.

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