“I Wish I’d Known…”: Advice for Debut Authors, Part 4

More Members of the Sweet Sixteens share what they’ve learned in their debut year.

Part 1.

Part 2.

Part 3.

 

Heather Smith Meloche, author of Ripple

Heather Smith Meloche    RIPPLE

Find her online at www.heathersmithmeloche.com

“I wish I’d known how out of my comfort zone I’d be having to promote my own work. Me as a salesperson is like: “You don’t want it? O.K. Cool.” But that doesn’t fly in this biz. And while I can tout my peers’ accomplishments all day, it’s awkward to ask for reviews or find a trillion flashy ways to publicize my book. But timidity won’t sell for you, so prepare to scream, shout, stand battalion-ready behind your novel, then fire it into the crowd. Even if it means withdrawing under a blanket with tea in hand after to recuperate!”

 

Kathleen Burkinshaw, author of The Last Cherry Blossom

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Find her online at www.kathleenburkinshaw.com

“I wish I’d known that there are specific proposal submission deadlines for state school library, reading conferences, and various book festivals. I would have submitted proposals prior to my publishing date. One source for book festivals is www.bookreporter.com/book-festivals.  Also, look up your state and neighboring states’ school library, local city library, and reading conferences.”

 

S.A. Larsen, author of Motley Education

S.A. Larsen   motleyedhighres

Find her online at salarsenbooks.com

“I wish I’d known that the rigors of post-release sucking any solid story words from my head to write the second book is actually normal. Publishing your first book, entrusting your baby to the minds and hearts of readers is exhausting and scary. But it is also brave. Be gentle with your post-release self. ”

 

Stephanie Scott, author of Alterations

Stephanie Scott   steph scott alterations cover

Find her online at http://www.stephaniescott.net/

“I wish I’d known that as much as you prepare for publication, there will be changes out of your control–and that’s okay. There’s no one, single publishing experience. Share your ups and downs with other debut writers and be there for each other.”

 

 

 

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Autograph, Please: Where to Find Signed Copies of Books by the Sweet Sixteens

Signed books make great holiday gifts! Many of the Sweet Sixteens have paired up with local bookstores to offer signed copies; click on the bookstore links below to order yours today.

Fenway and Hattie

 

FENWAY AND HATTIE by Victoria J. Coe

Henry’s Bear Park, Providence/Arlington/Cambridge/Brookline, MA

 

 

COUNTING THYME

COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin

[words] bookstore, Maplewood, NJ

 

 

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THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati

Barnes & Noble, Milford, CT

 

 

 

Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE)

 

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan

The Children’s Bookstore, Baltimore, MD

 

 

RIPPLE

 

RIPPLE by Heather Smith Meloche

The Book Beat, Oak Park, MI

 

 

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THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker

Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookshop, Damariscotta, ME
Barnes & Noble, Canton, CT

 

 

WHERE FUTURES END

 

WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peevyhouse

Hicklebee’s, San Jose, CA

 

 

Underwater

 

UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichardt

{pages} a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA

 

 

crossing the line

 

CROSSING THE LINE by Meghan Rogers

Children’s Book World, Haverford, PA

 

 

BFF Bucket List

 

THE BFF BUCKET LIST by Dee Romito

Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore, Clarence, NY

 

 

Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)

 

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan

The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, MD

 

 

 

Monica Tesler (BOUNDERS)tundra-trialsBOUNDERS (hardcover) by Monica Tesler

EARTH FORCE RISING (BOUNDERS 1, paperback) by Monica Tesler

THE TUNDRA TRIALS (BOUNDERS 2, hardcover) by Monica Tesler

Buttonwood Books and Toys (Please include signing and personalization requests in Order Comments section of electronic checkout or contact the store for assistance.)

 

Autograph, Please: Where to Find Signed Copies of Books by the Sweet Sixteens

Many of the Sweet Sixteens have paired up with local bookstores to offer signed copies! Click on the bookstore links below to order yours today!

Fenway and Hattie

 

FENWAY AND HATTIE by Victoria J. Coe

Henry’s Bear Park, Providence/Arlington/Cambridge/Brookline, MA

 

 

COUNTING THYME

COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin

[words] bookstore, Maplewood, NJ

 

 

Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE)

 

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan

The Children’s Bookstore, Baltimore, MD

 

 

RIPPLE

 

RIPPLE by Heather Smith Meloche

The Book Beat, Oak Park, MI

 

 

WHERE FUTURES END

 

WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peevyhouse

Hicklebee’s, San Jose, CA

 

 

Underwater

 

UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichardt

{pages} a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA

 

 

crossing the line

 

CROSSING THE LINE by Meghan Rogers

Children’s Book World, Haverford, PA

 

 

BFF Bucket List

 

THE BFF BUCKET LIST by Dee Romito

Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore, Clarence, NY

 

 

Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)

 

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan

The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, MD

 

 

Shannon Parker (THE GIRL WHO FELL)

 

THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker

Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookshop, Damariscotta, ME
Barnes & Noble, Canton, CT

 

 

WeightofZero_front cover new12.indd

 

THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati

Barnes & Noble, Milford, CT

Printable Release Calendar for September!

Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet September debuts coming at you soon!

 

Click here for the September 2016 calendar in .pdf format

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander,  Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Shari Schwarz, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink, Ava Jae, and Marieke Nijkamp!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author: Heather Smith Meloche

Heather Smith MelocheHeather Smith Meloche’s work has appeared in SPIDER, YOUNG ADULT REVIEW NETWORK (YARN), and ONCE UPON A TIME, and she has placed twice in the children’s/YA category of the WRITER’S DIGEST Annual Competition. Her short story, “Him,” won the HUNGER MOUNTAIN Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing in 2011. She lives in Rochester Hills, MI, with her husband, two boys, and more pets than anyone should ever own.

Heather’s debut, RIPPLE (Penguin Putnam, Fall 2016), is a Young Adult Contemporary novel. High school students Tessa and Jack navigate their way through their all-too-adult lives as they wrestle with their own uniquely destructive compulsions and struggle to find each other as well as themselves.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME MARGARET by Judy Blume
  • Childhood aspiration: She told her mother when she was four years old that she was going to be a writer. Looks like it’s sort of working out that way.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: She has a very messy writing cave with piles of stuff organized by strata that, somehow, seems very clear to her when she’s looking for something. She finds that when she enters that cave around 9:00 a.m. and gets rolling, she hits her prime writing period around 10:00 a.m., when all her best ideas somehow magically appear.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: Her dad’s childhood copy of APACHE GOLD AND YAQUI SILVER by L. Frank Dobie. Also WE ALL LOOKED UP by Tommy Wallach.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): She loves to travel. She and her husband did a slew of traveling before they had children, and now that the kids are older, they’re back at it. Heather lived in Mexico for a while and has traveled to Ecuador, India, and throughout Eastern and Western Europe. She’s never happier than when she’s planning her next trip!
  • Favorite sports teams: She love basketball, and her hometown Detroit Pistons are awesome. She also recently discovered she can’t stop watching hockey during its season. She says her Detroit Red Wings rock!!
  • Surprising personal fact: She’s an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher as well as a writer. She has a Master’s in Teaching ESL, and she adores her students, who come from all over the world. She says she often feels they teach her more than she teaches them!
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: It’s not only meeting so many other amazing writers as she networks and really gets involved in the writing communities, but it’s also knowing that after twelve years of hard work, she finally accomplished what she set out to do. Determination is the ultimate key in this business, and she’s proud to have stuck it out to finally succeed in giving her story a life of its own out in the market. Now her goal is to do it again and again and again…

Where to find her:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

The Debut Club: An interview with Gina Ciocca, author of LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE

Sweet Sixteener Heather Smith Meloche recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Gina Ciocca about her contemporary YA debute, LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE (June 9, 2015 from Simon Pulse).

About the Author: 

FB Profile Gina Ciocca-02 (1)Gina Ciocca graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English. She lives in Georgia with her family. Gina is a member of the writing and blogging group YA Misfits and you can find her online at WritersBlog-Gina.blogspot.com. Last Year’s Mistake is her first novel.

Find Gina on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

 

 

About LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE:

LYMnorainIs there anything that electric chemistry can’t overcome? The past may be gone, but love has a way of holding on in this romantic debut novel told in alternating Before and After chapters.The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David became inseparable best friends—until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke and everything around her crumbled, including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decide to move away, she can’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. But David’s not quite readyto be left.Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family moves to town. Old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never let him go. And maybe she never wants to…
LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE is available for purchase on Amazon, Powell’s, BAM, B&N, and IndieBound.

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