“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.”

 

 

Extras! Extras!: Bonus material from Sweet Sixteens authors

Here’s a guide to some of the extras that Sweet Sixteens have been posting around the internet, including deleted scenes, extra stories, and details from the worlds of their books!

 

ASSASSIN’S HEART by Assassins HeartSarah Ahiers
Quiz: In Which ASSASSIN’S HEART Family do You Belong?
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Ivory and Bone

IVORY AND BONE by Julie Eshbaugh

Pinterest Inspiration Board: Photos and artwork that inspired IVORY AND BONE

 

 

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Sword And Verse

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan

Extra stories, pronunciation guide, and playlist, including: 

  • “Alterations”: Raisa’s Selection and first day in the Adytum.
  • “The Only Bearable Solution“:  The story of how Mati fell in love with Raisa, from his point of view.
  • “Iron and Silk”: Recruiting one Tutor into the Resistance was a risk.  It would be madness to try again – but then, Jonis never was one to play it safe.
  • “Exposed”: Mati has to do some quick thinking when his father finds out about him and Raisa.

PBJ Society

THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY by Janet Sumner Johnson

Annie’s Bet: Six months before their last great adventure, Annie and Jason fight for justice at recess.

(at the same link there is also PB&J Society Rules Printable, & Discussion Guide)

 

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BFF Bucket List

THE BFF BUCKET LIST by Dee Romito

Behind the Book  – Designing The BFF Bucket List Cover: A look behind the scenes of designing and illustrating a cover! (With a peek at early cover designs.)

 

 


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SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB by Patrick Samphire
Meet the Characters: Find out about all the exciting and peculiar characters in SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB

Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)
THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan
“A Fib Poem”: Fibonacci poem in the voice of Newt Mathews, cut from the final book.

Printable Release Calendar for February!

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

Click here for the February 2016 calendar in .pdf format

Book Cover Calendar Feb

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#SixteensBlogAbout Writing Spaces

Office with a view - Day 212 of Project 365

Office with a view. (c) purplemattfish. Used under a Creative Commons license.

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!

Feel free to share this post with the hashtag #SixteensBlogAbout.

1) Sarah Ahiers shared her brand new, fancy standing desk.

2) Laurie Elizabeth Flynn‘s writing space isn’t static — it changes all the time.

3) Michele Bacon is contemplating a standing desk… but has a different solution for now.

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