“I Wish I’d Known…”: Advice for Debut Authors, Part 5

Here’s the final installment in our series where members of the Sweet Sixteens share what they’ve learned in their debut year.

Part 1.

Part 2.

Part 3.

Part 4

Sarah Ahiers, author of Assassin’s Heart and Thief’s Cunning

Sarah Ahiers   Assassins Heart   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

Laura Shovan   Laura Shovan (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

cynthia reeg   from-the-grave-monster-trilogy-1

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

Lisa A. Koosis   resurrectingsunshine

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

Harriet Reuter Hapgood   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.”

 

 

Printable Release Calendar for October!

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

Click here for the October 2016 calendar in .pdf format.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author: Lisa Koosis

Lisa A. KoosisIn high school, much to the dismay of her guidance counselor, Lisa Koosis traded AP English for a creative writing class and a class in speculative fiction. She never looked back. Lisa is a member of the SCBWI, an ambassador for National Novel Writing Month, and an active member of her local writing community. Her short stories have been published widely. When she isn’t writing, you’ll probably find her out walking her dog, or chilling with her cats..

Lisa’s debut novel, RESURRECTING SUNSHINE (Albert Whitman & Co./AW Teen, October 2016), is Young Adult science fiction. A grieving young musician must make an impossible choice about cloning the girl he loved, in this novel about memory and identity, love and loss.

  • Favorite book growing up: Probably L. Ron Hubbard’s WRITERS OF THE FUTURE anthologies, which published contest-winning stories from amateur science fiction and fantasy writers. She swore she would have a story in the anthology series one day. (Note: she never did, but not for lack of trying! She only made it as far as the semi-finals.)
  • Childhood aspiration: Veterinarian
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Lisa is a night owl. She does some of her best work long after the clock strikes midnight.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: Stephen King’s THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Walking her dog, beachcombing (whenever she can get back to the shore) and getting together with her local writing friends.
  • Surprising personal fact: Lisa has an unnatural love affair with feather earrings and has upwards of 15 pairs!
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Not only fulfilling a lifelong dream/goal, but also getting to connect with so many amazing writers along the way.

Where to find her:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

The Sweet Sixteens at BookExpo America

beaMany of our members will be on hand at BookExpo America (BEA) this weekend in Chicago!  Here’s where to find them:

Thursday, May 12

10:00 AM-10:30 AM:

  • Isabel Bandiera will be signing BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER in the autograph area, Table 14.
  • Audrey Coulthurst will be signing OF FIRE AND STARS at the Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Booth (#2038-2039)

11:00 AM:

  • Lisa A. Koosis will be signing RESURRECTING SUNSHINE at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)

1:00 PM-2:00 PM:

  • Robin Yardi will be signing THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ in the autograph area, Table 12.

3:00-3:30 PM:

  • Julie Leung will be signing MICE OF THE ROUND TABLE: A TAIL OF CAMELOT in the autograph area, Table 10.

3:00-4:00 PM:

  • Paula Garner will be signing PHANTOM LIMBS at the Candlewick Booth (#1529).

 

 

Friday, May 13

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:

  • Casey Lyall will be signing HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. at the Sterling Booth (#1467)
  • Jeff Giles will be signing THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING in the autograph area, Table 6.

11:30 AM-12:00 PM:

  • Stephanie Garber will be signing CARAVAL at theMacmillan/Flatiron Books Booth (#1958)

12:30 PM:

  • Elizabeth Briggs will be signing FUTURE SHOCK at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)

1:00 PM-1:30 PM:

  • Kerri Maniscalco will be signing STALKING JACK THE RIPPER in the autograph area, Table 11

1:15 PM-1:45 PM:

  • Wade Albert White will be discussing THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES in the “Meet the Middle Grade Buzz Authors” Panel at the Uptown Stage

2:30 PM-3:00 PM:

  • Wade Albert White will be signing THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES in the autograph area, Table 3

3:00-4:00 PM:

  • Caleb Roehrig will be signing LAST SEEN LEAVING in the autograph area, Table 8

 

Saturday, May 14

10:30 AM:

  • Elizabeth Briggs will be signing FUTURE SHOCK at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)

11:00 AM:

  • Wendy Spinale will be signing EVERLAND at the Scholastic Booth

2:00 PM:

  • Wendy Spinale will be signing EVERLAND at the Scholastic Booth

3:30 PM:

  • Lisa A. Koosis will be signing RESURRECTING SUNSHINE at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)