Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information:
Elly Swartz and Victoria J. Coe have launched a new web series, Books in the Kitchen. In the first two chapters, the authors whip up treats inspired by their books Smart Cookie and Fenway and Hattie while dishing about their characters, sharing secrets, and having way too much fun. Check out the web series HERE.
Lygia Day Penaflor’s second YA novel All of This is True has received a starred review from Kirkus. Look for it on May 15, 2018 from Harper Teen.
Congratulations to Kim Savage, whose Beautiful Broken Girls was named one of Kirkus’s Top Ten Contemporary YAs of 2017.
The rights to Kim’s upcoming book, In Her Skin (releasing 4/17/18), have been sold to Amazon Studios for a TV series. Sean Berard at APA Agency brokered the deal.
It’s a cover reveal for Christian McKay Heidicker’s forthcoming novel, Throw Your Arm Across Your Eyes and Scream! The book is due out September 11, 2018. Read more about it here.
Members of the Sweet Sixteens share what they’ve learned in their debut year.
Kristy Acevedo, author of Consider and Contribute
Find her online at kristyacevedo.com
“I wish I had known how exhausting and amazing publishing my debut book would be. Since I teach high school full-time, I wasn’t prepared for how much additional time would be spent on things like editing, marketing, and emailing. I learned how crucial it is how to manage my personal time to de-stress and enjoy the journey. Also, the relationships I made with other writers were absolutely essential in surviving the rough times.”
Melanie Conklin, author of Counting Thyme
Find her online at www.melanieconklin.com
“I wish I’d known that the writing community is so supportive of debut authors. Do not be shy about reaching out to established authors as you figure out the ropes of being an author. You’re not alone, even though it may feel like it at times. Publishing is a team sport!”
Christian McKay Heidicker, author of Cure for the Common Universe
Find him online at www.cmheidicker.com
“I wish I’d known to start working on your next project as soon as possible. The day after that final draft is turned in. There are rough waters ahead. No matter how successful you are. There will be bad reviews. There will be repetitive questions. Having another arrow in your quiver is the best way to distract yourself. If you get a bad review, fine. You’ve got something different on the way. If you get bogged down describing your book for the 217th time, you’ll still have a spark in your eye. Something more exciting is on the way.”
Robin Reul, author of My Kind of Crazy
Find her online at www.robinreul.com
“I wish I’d known that marketing my book was like a full-time job all by itself, especially while trying to simultaneously write my next one. You can’t solely rely on your publisher to promote your book and getting the word out in person and on social media via interviews, blog posts, Facebook, Twitter, etc. can be extremely time consuming and costly. It’s helpful to focus on outlets that will get you the largest exposure and to be discerning with your energies so you don’t lose your ability to focus on your writing!”
Robin Yardi, author of The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez
Find her online at robinyardi.com
“I wish I’d known that I wouldn’t know what I wish I had known. That after a book with good reviews and awards I would still feel like a beginner. That writing the second book would feel as hard as the first, but that it wouldn’t matter, because I’d do it anyway. Write that next hard book. Writers are like crazy marathon runners. Not the one and done kind, but the kind that run a race or two every year for the rest of our lives. While our intellectual tendons creak and our emotional toes turn black, we keep writing.”
Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet June debuts coming at you soon!
Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander, Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Shari Schwarz, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink and Ava Jae!
Christian McKay Heidicker has accomplished a handful of things outside of video games. He published a short story called “There Are No Marshmallows in Camelot” on Cast of Wonders and co-created a website called the Foxing Bureau. He’s never met a cute girl at a car wash, but he does live with the love of his life in Salt Lake City, Utah . . . and he often wonders how in the hell he did it.
Christian’s debut, CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE (Simon & Schuster, June 2016) is a Young Adult Contemporary novel. CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE is about a sixteen-year-old named Jaxon who scores the first date of his life only to be promptly committed to video game rehab. He now has four days to earn a million points in real-life skills so he can make back to his date in time.
- Favorite book growing up: MATILDA by Roald Dahl
- Childhood aspiration: A wizard
- Favorite time of day/place to write: He likes to write early in the morning at coffeeshops
- Book currently reading/most recently read: MAGICIAN’S LAND by Lev Grossman
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Tame foxes
- Favorite sports teams: Favorite huh teams?
- Surprising personal fact: He has been stung in the rear by an extremely poisonous scorpion
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Time-traveling priveleges
Where to find him:
Sweet Sixteener Christian McKay Heidicker recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Valynne E. Maetani about her YA mystery/thriller INK AND ASHES (June 1, 2015 from Tu Books/Lee and Low).
Valynne E. Maetani grew up in Utah and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was once a project manager, developing educational software for children with learning disabilities, and is currently a member of the We Need Diverse Books team. Valynne is dedicated to promoting diversity in children’s literature because all children should grow up believing their stories deserve to be told. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013, a spring 2015 Junior Library Guild selection, and Best Fiction Book in Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best of Utah Arts Award for 2015.
Claire Takata has never known much about her father, who passed away when she was a little girl. But on the anniversary of his death, not long before her seventeenth birthday, she finds a mysterious letter from her deceased father, addressed to her stepfather. Claire never even knew that they had met. Claire knows she should let it go, but she can’t shake the feeling that something’s been kept from her. In search of answers, Claire combs through anything that will give her information about her father . . . until she discovers he was a member of the yakuza, the Japanese mafia. The discovery opens a door that should have been left closed.
So begins the race to outrun his legacy as the secrets of her father’s past threaten Claire’s friends and family, newfound love, and ultimately her life.