Members of the Sweet Sixteens share what they’ve learned in their debut year.
Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl From Everywhere
Find her online at www.heidiheilig.com
“I wish I’d known that it’s not like this forever. Moving from ‘writer’ to ‘author’ was a big change for me, and I thought the excitement, drama, pressure, and responsibilities that move brought were a permanent change. But though life is certainly a bit more stressful (and a bit more fun) post publication, a lot of the pressure has lifted because the newness of everything has faded. I’ve learned what’s important, what I can skip, what works for me, and what I just can’t do. So if debuting has you in a tizzy, enjoy the ride knowing that eventually you will find equilibrium again.”
Ava Jae, author of the Beyond the Red trilogy
Find her online at http://avajae.blogspot.com/
“I wish I’d known how quick it all feels! When you’re launching a book and in the thick of everything that leads up to it, it feels like a mountain of work and feelings and stress. But it’s pretty amazing how quickly your launch date arrives—and then becomes a memory. Make sure you take time to enjoy every step of the way; it won’t be long before you blink and neck-deep in preparation for your next book. :)”
Mike Grosso, author of I Am Drums
Find him online at http://mikegrossoauthor.com
“I wish I’d known that it’s perfectly normal to be afraid of being a debut author. No one knows what to expect the first time through this wild ride, and the voices in your head telling you you’re screwing this all up are your fears and anxieties lying to you. You have a book. It’s real. You did good, dude.”
Jenn Bishop, author of The Distance to Home and 14 Hollow Road
Find her online at http://www.jennbishop.com
“I wish I’d known that I’d spend so much time in the post office! (Mailing ARCs, bookmarks, etc.) I could’ve written a whole new book with all the time spent waiting in line. (Note to self: learn how to type more accurately on cell phone.)”
Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information:
Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet September debuts coming at you soon!
Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander, Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Shari Schwarz, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink, Ava Jae, and Marieke Nijkamp!
A new month, a new collection of sample chapters and preorder incentives for upcoming releases from the Sweet Sixteens!
Chapter 1 of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods (Crown BFYR/Random House, May 10, 2016)
Chapter 1 AND chapter 4 of JERKBAIT by Mia Siegert (Jolly Fish Press, May 10, 2016)
Three chapters of MIRROR IN THE SKY by Aditi Khorana (Razorbill / Penguin, June 21st, 2016)
THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye (HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, May 17, 2016) Pre-order to unlock six gifts from the Tsar (and receive every single gift!)
I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 6, 2016) Preorder and get a digital download of “Songs for Sam(antha): the I AM DRUMS Soundtrack”
Mike Grosso is a writer, teacher, and musician from Oak Park, Illinois, where he lives with his wife and son. He grew up in a musical family. He hopes to one day get out of his apartment and into a house where he can finally have a drum set without driving his neighbors insane.
Mike’s debut, I AM DRUMS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books, 9/6/2016) is a contemporary middle grade novel. While other kids dream about cars, sports, and fashion, all Samantha Morris dreams about is playing the drums. But it’s hard to make her dreams come true when her parents are against it, she bangs on dictionaries because she can’t afford a real kit, and her middle school is planning to cut its music program. Sam’s only hope is to find a private teacher and pay for lessons herself, all without her parents finding out.
- Favorite book growing up: A three-way tie among ANASTASIA KRUPNIK, SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL, and THE THING AT THE FOOT OF THE BED.
- Childhood aspiration: A rockstar with really weird hair.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Whenever his son is taking a nap.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: He’s reading THE 8TH CONTINENT by Matt London and listening to FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell in the car during his commute.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Playing music, bothering nearby family members, spooky video games, staring at things.
- Favorite sports teams: um… uh… the Chicago Cardinals?
- Surprising personal fact: He teaches fourth grade and enjoys telling his kids there’s a chocolate swimming pool in the teachers’ lounge.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: The greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author is that he still gets to be a debut author! He’s a former 2015 debut who lost his initial book deal with Egmont when the New York office closed, so for a short time he didn’t know what was going to happen. It’s great to be back on the road to publishing his debut while meeting so many talented authors!
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