Printable Release Calendar for June!

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

Click here for the June 2016 calendar in .pdf format


JUNE Book Cover Calendar

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











Meet the Author: Jennifer Bardsley

Jenny BardsleyJennifer Bardsley is “The YA Gal” on Facebook and the “I Brake for Moms” columnist for The Everett Daily Herald. She also blogs at “Teaching My Baby to Read” with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important role parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.

Jennifer’s debut novel, GENESIS GIRL (Georgia McBride Media Group/Month9Books, June 2016), is speculative YA fiction. Shielded from the Internet for eighteen years, Blanca’s lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she’s auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: EMILY OF NEW MOON by L.M. Montgomery
  • Childhood aspiration: A lawyer
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: The morning, when her kids are at school
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: BRANDED by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Zumba or the Tracy Anderson Method
  • Favorite sports teams: Stanford Wrestling Team
  • Surprising personal fact: She can play the pipe organ
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: It will make her 20th high school reunion even better!

Where to find her:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Tumblr | Goodreads

The Debut Club: An interview with Constance Lombardo, author of MR. PUFFBALL, STUNT CAT TO THE STARS

Sweet Sixteener Jennifer Bardsley recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Constance Lombardo about her debut middle grade illustrated novel, MR. PUFFBALL, STUNT CAT TO THE STARS (September 29, 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins).

About the Author: 

datauri-fileConstance Lombardo began drawing when she was 10 years old. She studied Illustration at Syracuse University, took classes in drawing and printmaking at the Art Students League of NY, and worked with a muralist in San Francisco. Her illustrations have appeared in a variety of magazines. Her debut illustrated middle grade novel, MR. PUFFBALL: STUNT CAT TO THE STARS (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins) is coming out this fall. She is represented by Lori Nowicki of Painted Words. Plus she likes cats. And cake. But not at the same time.

Find Constance at her website, or on Twitter and Facebook.


Mr. Puffball’s a hero for today. Or possibly tomorrow. He’s a cat. He’s awesome. And . . . wait for it . . . he’s going to Hollywood to become a famous movie star! Follow Mr. Puffball on his trip cross-country. (Look at all the postcards to Mom!) See him stumble upon Hobowood! (Not as glamorous as Hollywood, but full of beans.) Watch him land at last in Hollywood, where he meets a cast of thousands (or at least half a dozen) and catapults himself into the next best thing to being a famous movie star: working as a stunt cat to his movie star hero, El Gato!

MR. PUFFBALL: STUNT CAT TO THE STARS is available for pre-order at:AmazonBooks-A-MillionBarnes & Noble, and Indie Bound, or purchase a signed copy here.
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Shake out the Sand, People. It’s the Sweet 16 Giveaway!

imagesWe know you’re lounging on the beach. But you’re also peeking at your phone. Because you know the first Friday of the month means sweet goodies from the Sweet Sixteens.

Correctly match the 16th line to its novel and win a critique of your first chapter PLUS a synopsis (up to 15 pages total) by  Lois Sepahban, author of the forthcoming LANTERN WISHES (FSG/Margaret Ferguson, Winter 2016). Now that’s hot!

Read on:

There, by the crook of his neck, my birthstones — a handful of muted sapphires — caught the watery morning light.”

Is it…

A. Dee Romito’s THE SUMMER BUCKET LIST (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2016)

B. Jennifer Bardsley’s BLANK SLATE (Month9Books, 2016)

C. Samantha Mabry’s LEAVES (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2016)

D. Roshani Chokshi’s THE BRIDE OF DUSK AND GLASS (St. Martin’s Griffin, )

Know it? Send your answer to And good luck!

#SixteensBlogAbout Revision

In the month of April, the Sweet Sixteens took on a topic near and dear to our hearts: revision.

1) Sarah Ahiers boiled it down to 3 important revision questions over at the NaNoWriMo blog.revision-simpsons

2) Melissa Gorzelanczyk shares how revision has helped her improve not only her manuscripts, but her life.

3) Jennifer Bardsley gets down to the nitty-gritty with 10 revising tips for writers.

4) Kali Wallace makes a case for why all writing is revision, and gives fascinating case studies from her own work.

5) Heidi Heilig knows the ONE TRUE WAY to revise and is happy to share the secret.

6) Emily Skrutskie breaks revision down into 6 not-so-easy steps (which may or may not also work to skin a cat).

7) Laura Shovan shares revision tips for poets from Amy Ludwig Vanderwater.

8) Margot Harrison reveals her inner scalpel-happy cosmetic surgeon.

9) Laurie Elizabeth Flynn takes a break from revision to reflect on the never-ending process.

10) Jenn Bishop confronts revision, the beast that all writers love to hate.

Don’t forget to leave the Sixteens some love on their own blog as well as here!  Feel free to share this post with the hashtag #SixteensBlogAbout. Until next month, happy reading!