Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information about each title:
THE MEMORY TREES by Kali Wallace releases October 10, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books.
Congratulations to S.A. Larsen, whose middle grade novel, MOTLEY EDUCATION, was awarded 1st place in 2016 New England Book Festival Award, Children’s Category, and also received the Bronze Award in the 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards for the Best Juvenile/YA Fiction category!
Members of the Sweet Sixteens share what they’ve learned in their debut year.
Brooks Benjamin, author of My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights
Find him online at www.BrooksBenjamin.com
“I wish I’d known that every author out there has days where he or she struggles with writing. Whether it’s rejections from editors, a seemingly unfillable plot hole, or days where the words just don’t want to come out and play. Every author struggles at times. It doesn’t get easier the more we write, but we do tend to find more creative ways to deal with it. So, struggle on, dear writer, and remember: every bump in your road just makes the journey that much more interesting of a success story when you get to tell it to someone else.”
Erica M. Chapman, author of the Teach Me to Forget
Find her online at ericamchapman.com
“I wish I’d known that… everything was going to be okay. Even if your book only helps one person feel happy or more included, or special, that one person is worth it all. There’s so much you don’t have control over, concentrate on what you do. Lean on your debut friends they know how it feels. If [insert promo idea] fails, learn from it. It may feel weird to promote yourself so much (it does to me) but remember, your readers care about who you are; stay creative and be yourself, and you’ll be okay. Enjoy each moment because you have accomplished what so many won’t. ”
Shari Schwarz, author of Treasure at Lure Lake
Find her online at www.sharischwarz.com
“I wish I’d known that all of the things I feared or worried about when my book released are things that we all fear and worry about. We’re all in this together!”
Claire Fayers, author of The Voyage to Magical North and Journey to Dragon Island
Find her online at clairefayers.com
“I wish I’d known that there would be long periods with very little happening followed by weeks of frantic activity. I wish I’d made better use of the quiet times to get ahead on the next book, plan school visits, design a website and publicity materials, and all the others things I suddenly found I needed to do. I wish I’d made a to-do list of all this right at the start. And I wish I’d known that the next book is much harder to write, and this is quite normal and not a sign of catastrophic failure!”
Kali Wallace, author of Shallow Graves, The Memory Trees, and City of Islands
Find her online at http://www.kaliwallace.com/
“I wish I’d known that all of the things that feel so fraught leading up to release stop mattering so much afterward. I stopped obsessing over reviews, rankings, and social media buzz, because at a certain point it became clear that so little of all that stuff is within my control. I figured out the only thing I could truly control was the next book–and the next one, and the one after that. That would have been nice to know ahead of time, but I suspect figuring it out is part of the new author process!”
We get it. You’re upset. But all good things must come to an end.
It’s the very last 16th-line contest post, friends! And we have a special prize for the first person to correctly match the line below to its 2016 debut novel: a copy of Jeff Vandermeer’s WONDERBOOK, on the craft of writing, donated by SHALLOW GRAVES author Kali Wallace.
But wait, there’s more! In less than two weeks, the corner turns on our debut year! That means you won’t have to guess at these lines any longer: you can start finding these books on the shelves of your favorite bookstore.
We thought those were tears of joy! Now read on:
But I missed London, like an arm, or a leg, even if I had only lived there for a handful of years, because as much as my mother insisted that my coming to Connecticut would. be like coming home, it was more like coming to a manicured jail.”
Is it from…
A. Erin Petti’s THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE (Mighty Media Press, September 2016)
B. Brittany Cavallaro’s A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books, Winter 2016)
C. Janet Sumner Johnson’s THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J CONTEST (Capstone, Spring 2016)
D. Rahul Kanakia’s ENTER TITLE HERE (Disney-Hyperion, August 2016)
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. And good luck!
2016 is coming up fast! In less than a month, you’ll be able to get your hands on some of the great 2016 debuts. Each month, we’ll be posting a printable calendar to help you keep track of those upcoming releases. Here’s January’s calendar. Print it, post it, cover it with hearts!
Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander, Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink and designer Ava Jae!
In our latest #SixteensBlogAbout, the Sweet Sixteens blogged about writing spaces! Check out the posts below to find out some of our authors favorite writing spaces, and don’t forget to leave the Sixteens some love on their own blog as well as here!
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