I was talking to a writer friend yesterday about art, our writing careers, book promotion, and how they’re related. Of these, promotion remains the wildest mystery. My first thought was that I don’t do much promotion because I don’t understand how it works. My feeling is that my publicist at Macmillan is the expert, and the success of my books is largely in her hands.
Then I realized I actually do quite a bit of promotion in my own, laid-back way. I just don’t much notice my efforts because they suit… Continue reading
It’s the longest day of the year, and we’re having a full moon, too. Take a moment to find east and feel the way our earth is rolling in that direction, looping through space. The sun, at noon, is as high overhead as it can be, sending us light from 8 minutes ago, and tugging us constantly with its gravity. As planets go, Earth is a nice one to be on.
Q. I’ve started a novel, (more than one, actually), but I can’t seem to get to the end. How do I finish my novel?
A. I find myself in this situation more often than I’d like to admit. Starting a novel is hard. So is writing the middle. It makes sense that the ending would be equally difficult to write, if not more so. We know that an ending is supposed to wrap up everything, or almost everything, and that it’s supposed to leave the reader both satisfied… Continue reading
We care about each other. That’s why it troubles us to learn of senseless violence. We want to believe we’re safe, and that innocent people can go out for a night of clubbing without risking their lives. We want to stop the cruelty and we don’t know how. It’s a helpless feeling, once again.
If you find you’re heartsick, you’re not alone. The feelings are real, even if you don’t personally know someone who has suffered the latest tragedy first hand. It’s okay to do what you need to take care… Continue reading
Barnes & Noble is hosting a huge teen book festival this weekend, June 10-12, with games, trivia parties, giveaways, author panels, writing workshops, cosplay, spelling contests, and bookish prizes. Tons of YA authors are showing up to be part of the B-Fest fun, and the events are free for everyone. Check out B-Fest Events at a B&N store near you and drop in to be part of the story.
I distinctly recall sitting at my desk in my 5th grade classroom, looking out the window past the pencil sharpener to the green of the playground and longing for summer vacation. Soon, I thought. Soon I’ll be free.
June freedom still calls to me, and I luxuriate in the long sunny evenings and weekends of adventure. I hope you soon find yourself on a hammock with a book, on a screen porch with a frosty glass of lemonade, or in a canoe with a dog. Embrace the kid in your heart heart. Happy trails.