Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information about each title:
Cynthia Reeg received the 2017 ZIA Award for outstanding children’s literature from the New Mexico Press Women on April 22 in Las Cruces, NM for her middle grade fantasy novel, From the Grave. The Zia Award is given annually to one or more woman book author who lives in or has ties to New Mexico. Each year the contest focuses on one of three genres: fiction, children’s literature or non-fiction.
Whether you’re a teacher looking for curriculum connections or a book club organizer looking for a new selection with ready-made discussion questions, we have the resources for you! The links below provide direct, free (!!!) access to educator’s guides and discussion questions for a variety of middle grade and young adult titles, all published in 2016.
Here’s the final installment in our series where members of the Sweet Sixteens share what they’ve learned in their debut year.
Sarah Ahiers, author of Assassin’s Heart and Thief’s Cunning
Find her online at sarahahiers.com
“I wish I’d known that even though everyone says you shouldn’t read reviews, I shouldn’t really read reviews. But it also seems to be a lesson everyone needs to learn on their own.
Also, that writing book 2 will be the hardest thing ever, even though I had written books before, and after, I’d sold Assassin’s Heart. It didn’t matter. It was still really hard, just like for countless other debut authors before me. They were right all along.”
Laura Shovan, author of The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
Find her online at laurashovan.com
“I wish I’d known that the middle grade “slow burn” was a real thing. My book came out in April. The first six weeks after launch were a roller-coaster. The book did well, but sales and readership really started taking off when the school year began. Teachers, librarians, and parents are still finding my book, talking about it, and sharing it with young readers.”
Cynthia Reeg, author of From the Grave
Find her online at www.cynthiareeg.com
“I wish I’d known that publishing a first novel is a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. That it is a marathon of edits and promotion and self-doubt and exhilaration. I feel extremely lucky to have joined with The Sweet Sixteens to weather the storms and to celebrate the highs. I’d encourage debut authors to find peer support in their writing community. It will make the adventure much easier and enjoyable!”
Lisa A. Koosis, author of Resurrecting Sunshine
Find her online at www.lisakoosis.com
“I wish I’d known that as amazing as my debut year would be, it would also be terrifying, that there would be times when everything would be outside my comfort zone. I wish I’d known that I’d have moments when I’d want to make the whole thing just stop…and that it’s normal to feel that way, that it will eventually pass. I wish I’d known to trust myself more, that when it came time, I would find it in me to do what needed to be done (like speaking in front of people!). So trust yourself…and enjoy the ride!”
Harriet Reuter Hapgood, author of The Square Root of Summer
Find her online at harrietreuterhapgood.com
“I wish I’d known that I really was invited to the party! My first panels and green rooms and events were a crash-course in imposter syndrome. The thing is, I deserved to be there. I might not know everything (joke, I know everything), but I knew how to write get an agent, write a YA book, sell it – which qualified me to answer questions about YA, publishing, craft. I did all the things, but I wish I’d done so with way less anxiety and beta-blockers and self-doubt, and much more razzmatazz and balloons.”
A new month, a new collection of sample chapters and preorder incentives for recent and upcoming releases from the Sweet Sixteens!
Penguin Summer 2016 Preview Sampler Includes THE SEASON by Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer (page 113), Traci Chee’s THE READER (page 89), and Aditi Khorana’s MIRROR IN THE SKY (page 1) .
From the Grave by Cynthia Reeg (Jolly Fish Press, October 18, 2016). Preorder and have a chance to win a spooky child’s t-shirt!
Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet October 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!
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