for CynsationsChristian Slater, Annie Hall, Rejection, and Me (Not Necessarily in That Order)
by Shawn K. Stout
from the Writing Barn. Peek: "That feeling, right there. Do you know the one? That crushing ache? The one right there in the middle of my chest that tells me in that moment I’m unloved by the universe? That’s what rejection feels like to me. Every. Single. Time."A Logic Model for Author Success
by Sharon Bially
from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "Called the 'Logic Model'...its goal is to help writers make the best decisions about where to focus their creative energies and efforts when it’s time to launch their books."Do I Capitalize "God" in Dialogue and Internal Thoughts?
by Deborah Halverson
from Dear Editor. Peek: "The only rigid rule for capitalizing 'God' in dialogue and thoughts is that you do so when using it as a pronoun: 'Joe, God won’t like that.' Beyond that..."Think Before You Write
by Ash Krafton
from QueryTracker Blog. Peek: "Even if I were to sit down as soon as I can and start banging out the scene, it never feels quite the same as it did during its inception. I feel like I lose little parts of myself every time that happens."Carol Lynch Williams on The Haven
by Adi Rule
from wcya The Launch Pad at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Peek: "Treat writing like a job. It's not behind the dishes or taking out the garbage. It's your profession. You write first."Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale by Choctaw author Greg Rodgers
: a recommendation from Debbie Reese
at American Indians in Children's Literature. Peek: "...the illustrations by Leslie Stall Widener
are terrific. They provide the visual clues that this is a Choctaw story. The clothes the characters wear accurately depict the sorts of items Choctaw's wear, from tops like the one Chukfi wears to the baseball cap that Kinta wears."The Emotional Journey of a Novel
by Mary Kole
from Kidlit.com. Peek: "...what we’re looking at above is the standard three-act structure but instead of tracking how the plot rises and then falls, we are tracking how the character feels during each step of the process."Editing for Agents by agent Tina Wexler and author Skila Brown
from Literary Rambles. Peek: "Maybe the agent’s comments are prescriptive in a way that you don’t really like, but listen hard to what problem s/he is identifying and see if you’ve got another idea on how to fix it."What "Frozen" Teaches Us About Storytelling & Publishing
by Stina Lindenblatt
from QueryTracker Blog. Peek: "There are quite a few plot spoilers in this post, so if you’re planning to watch the movie, do so first."
Cynsational Author Tip: You may own the copyright to your book, but not
everything written about it. Keep review quotes short, and as a courtesy, provide a link to the source.
Characters on the Autism Spectrum
|A character on the autism spectrum.
by Yvonne Ventresca
from YA Highway. Peek: "At a time when one in every 68 children in the U.S. is affected by autism, it’s interesting to see how children’s literature portrays autistic characters. ...odds are high that teens will have an autistic family member, or a classmate with Asperger syndrome, or a neighbor on the spectrum."Keeping Up with the Racing Rules
by Emma D. Dryden
from Our Stories, Ourselves. Peek: "We can't wish away the fact kids are growing up fast, doing everything fast, wanting everything fast, and getting everything fast."Shattering the Multicultural Myth of the Market. Let's Go!
from Mitali Perkins. Peek: "We are tweeting, texting, status-ing, and insta-ing that book until our friends are convinced they must buy it right now or their quality of life will diminish.""Ariel"
by Katherine Catmull
: a new story from The Cabinet of Curiosities. Note: "about a mistreated bird and its shadow."This Week at CynsationsMore Personally
My Week: Travel, Events, Revision! Thank you to TLA
, librarians, YA readers, and Candlewick Press
for a blurry flurry of bookish fun.
I sent my editor my Feral Pride revision on Wednesday, and she sent notes back on the first half on Thursday. Notes on the second half will come Tuesday. I've been focusing on chapter one, the target of her most substantive suggestions. My goals are to orient the reader, kick off the action, and maintain in the narrative continuity--all of which are more challenging with book 3 in a trilogy and book 9 in a universe. We're almost, but not quite there.
See also Nikki Loftin
and Lupe Ruiz-Flores
on the Texas Library Association annual conference.
The post on my mind this week? The Best Bums in Children's Fiction -- Or Why Are So Many Children's Books About Bottoms?
by Emma Barnes from An Awfully Big Blog Adventure. Peek: "...for the average five year old, toilet training and bed wetting are still very immediate issues, and getting oneself to the toilet on time can be a source of pride (or sometimes an embarrassing failure)."
Congratulations to Greg Leitich Smith
on a rave review from Publishers Weekly for Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn
(Roaring Brook, 2014). Peek: "...an engaging, humorous look at humans learning that they’re not alone in the universe."
Author blurbs also are in:
"Aliens, government coverups, bionic limbs, kooky scientists, luau pigs, conspiracy theories, and mysterious patio furniture—I don't know about you, but these are the things I look for in a great story. Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn has all of them, plus a huge dose of humor. Read it and enjoy, but be warned: You may never want to eat roast pork ever again." —Matthew Holm
, co-creator of Babymouse
“Here is a story for everyone who has ever wondered if that brilliant green light was a UFO. It's for everyone who has ever imagined living on Mars. In short, it's for everyone who has ever asked the question, 'who am I, really?’ Read it, then make your reservations at the Mercury Inn. Just don’t be alarmed if you find an alien in the refrigerator."—Kathi Appelt
, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath
Don't miss my Q&A interview
this week at The Horn Book. Peek: "...of late, I’ve become intrigued by wereorcas and Dolphins. I’ve lived a largely mid- to southwestern, landlocked life, so even though most of our world is covered by water, to me it’s as alien and fantastical as anything we’d find in fiction."
Reminder: E-volt is having a sale on Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick)
for $1.99 and Feral Nights by Cynthia Leitich Smith
, $2.99--discount prices will hold through April! Listen to an audio sample of Feral Nights
and read a sample of Eternal
Cheers to Dr. Sylvia Vardell on receiving the 2014 ALA-Scholastic Library Publishing Award
Personal LinksCynsational Events
Join Varian Johnson
, Greg Leitich Smith
and Jennifer Ziegler
in celebrating their new middle grade novels at 2 p.m. June 14 at BookPeople
in Austin.Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers
will be held June 16 to June 21 at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. Keynote speaker: James Dashner
; faculty includes Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith
. Learn about the WIFYR Fellowship Award
. See also Alison L. Randall on Choosing a Writing Conference
Join Cynthia Leitich Smith
in discussing Feral Curse
(Candlewick, 2014) with the YA Reading Club at 11 a.m. June 28 at Cedar Park Public Library
in Cedar Park, Texas.