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What Happens to Writers After They Debut? A Survey: 3 Years Out

I asked my fellow YA and MG writers whose debut novels appeared in 2010 to answer a few questions about their publishing and writing lives today, three years after our books came out.  Of the original 72 writers who were eligible to reply (they were in The Tenners), 23 responded anonymously between May 20 and June 14, 2013, and all of the respondents reported themselves as actively writing still.  In case you’d like a hint to remember some of the new names from 2010, our year included Julie Kagawa (The Iron King), Leah Cypess (Mistwood), Kiersten White (Paranormalcy), Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss), Jennifer Hubbard (The Secret Year), Teri Hall (The Line), and Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush).
While this survey admittedly captures a small sample and is not scientific, the results are still interesting.  For instance, the results suggest that the turnover of a writer’s editors is more common than the turnover of her agents, and that many of these writers are satisfied with their writing lives.  If you’ve ever thought that a writer doesn’t have to have a bestseller or earn a living writing to be satisfied with her writing, this small sample supports that theory.
My heartfelt thanks to the writers who completed my survey.  I appreciate their honesty and admire their tenacity.
If you'd care to comment, please do so at my website:

1. Are you actively writing now (10+ hours per week)?
Yes: 23 (100%)
No: 0

2. Since your debut came out, how many more of your books have been released (not including the debut or any indie-pubbed books)?
Zero: 6 (26%)
1 or 2:  14 (61%)
3 or more: 3 (13%)

3. Do you currently have a contract for your next book?
Yes: 13 (57%)
No:10 (43%)

4. Are you still working with the same editor you had in 2010?
Yes: 5  (22%)
No: 18  (78%)

5. If you had an agent in 2010, are you still working with the same one?
Yes: 16 (69%)
No: 5 (22%)
Had no agent: 2  (9%)

6. Do you now earn a living by your writing?
Yes: 8 (35%)
No: 15  (65%)

7. Have you had a NYT bestseller?
Yes: 2 (9%)
No: 21 (91%)

8. Have you indie-published since 2010?
Yes: 2  (9%)
No: 21 (91%)

9. Are you satisfied with your publishing life?
Yes: 14 (64%)
No: 8 (36%)
Skipped: 1

10. Are you satisfied with your writing life?
Yes: 21 (91%)
No: 2 (9%)
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Matthew Kirby: Editor's Dream

From Publishers Weekly, Re Middle Grade Buzz Panel at BEA:

Lisa A. Sandell, executive editor at Scholastic Press,  spoke first about Icefall, describing Matthew Kirby as “an editor’s dream,” and explaining how she fell for the “uncommonly complex characters” and detail-rich setting of his first book, The Clockwork Three. Sandell said she was “totally giddy” when she received the manuscript for Icefall, which she described as the story of a Viking princess’s “journey to find herself and her place in the world.”

BN Bookfair code for AL disaster relief

 As part of my book signing on Saturday, the manager at BN set up a bookfair for AL diaster relief and the code can be used at ANY Barnes & Noble or online on any purchase from 5/7-5/14. Code is  #10486058 --just give it to seller, or input online.  10% of sales using this code go to the United Way's West Alabama chapter to help Tornado Relief Efforts. If we raise $2500, percentage goes up to 15%, 10,000 and it's 20%. Please repost this on your blogs, twitter, facebook, whatevs. If you're buying a book this week at BN anyway, use this code. 
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FINALLY! Official Book Trailer for Luminous!

As an original Tenner, I've watched a lot of incredible people turn out incredible books and couldn't wait to finally share some news of my own...and it's finally here!


This amazing 3D-animated book trailer was created by talented artists Jesse Cabrera, Michael Jaso, Alicia Samela & Ali Phelps under the direction of Jason Wiser. I am thrilled to share it with you & invite YOU to share it with everyone else!

To celebrate & spread the word, I'm running a "Pay It Forward ARC Giveaway Contest" on my blog from now through May 7th, so please come, check it out & thanks to everyone in the Tenners for being such an unbelievable support while I was (im)patiently Ms. Wait Waiting McWaiting!

I *finally* feel like a Tenner (and Elevensie)! WOO!

"Best Books of the Year" by Bank Street College of Education

The Committee reviews over 6000 titles each year for accuracy and literary quality and considers their emotional impact on children. It chooses the best 600 books, both fiction and nonfiction, which it lists with annotations, according to age and category... CONGRATULATIONS, TENNERS!

ALL UNQUIET THINGS, by Anna Jarzab (Coming of Age, ages 14 & up)
ESCAPING THE TIGER, by Laura Manivong (Coming of Age, ages 9-12)
HARMONIC FEEDBACK, by Tara Kelly (Today, ages 12-14)
LEAVING GEE'S BEND, by Irene Latham (Historical Fiction, ages 9-12)
THE MARK, by Jen Nadol (Coming of Age, ages 14 & up)
PALACE BEAUTIFUL, by Sarah Deford Williams (Historical Fiction, ages 9-12)
THE RED UMBRELLA, by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Historical Fiction, ages 9-12)
SHOOTING KABUL, by N.H. Senzai (Today, ages 9-12)
THREE RIVERS RISING (Historical Fiction, ages 9-12)
TORTILLA SUN, by Jennifer Cervantes (Today, ages 9-12)

To see the entire list, click here: http://www.bankstreet.edu/bookcom/

JUST ADD MAGIC - Book Club Promotion

 JUST ADD MAGIC – Just the Book for your Book Club!


JUST ADD MAGIC by Cindy Callaghan is a fun new book for middle-grade readers and a great choice for your book club. A magical story packed with fabulous food, unusual ingredients, and a great cast of characters, JUST ADD MAGIC is the perfect blend of mystery, magic and fun that is sure to please ‘tweens of all different reading levels. 

The author has just announced a special promotion: A Club Kit. If your club chooses JUST ADD MAGIC for its selection, you may win a special kit including:

  • An assortment of recipe cards
  • Book marks
  • Wooden spoons
  • Surprise cooking utensil
  • Discussion Guide
  • Book Club Meeting Activity Ideas
  • Letter and brochure for your teacher/librarian

 And guess what else? The author may Skype live into your meeting. 

 All the 411 you need to enter to get the Club Kit: 

1.     You need to have at least 4 members in your book club and an adult moderator.

2.     Send an email to Cindy (cindy@cindycallaghan.com) explaining in no more than 3 sentences why your book club wants to read JUST ADD MAGIC

3.    Hurry! Because this promotion ends June 30, 2011 


That’s it! If Cindy picks your group, she will send you the above goodies! 

If you win, be prepared to take a picture of your book club with each member holding a copy of JUST ADD MAGIC for Cindy to post on her web site.

 Visit www.cindycallaghan.com that features Cindy’s blog, recipes, a discussion guide, details about upcoming appearances, her bio, and more!

JUST ADD MAGIC (Aladdin M!x, Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; $5.99)

Crystal Kite Finalists!

There are lots of Tenner's on the Crystal Kite Finalist List!!

Congrats to: Irene (Gee's Bend), Christina (Red Umbrella), Jessica (Nice and Mean), Matt (clockwork 3), and Denise (Losing Faith)

YIPPPPPPEEEEEEEE to all of you, and I hope I didn't miss any other names!!

The Last Library Giveaway Entry!

The library giveaway is now closed!

This final entry, sent in by Lisa Watson, librarian at Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford, New York, seemed like the perfect photo to close the contest. A few of AHHS's most avid readers put together this amazing artistic interpretation using FIFTY-FIVE COVERS.

Can you find your favorite tenner novel?

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson
The Reinvention of Edison Thomas by Jacqueline Houtman
Sea by Heid R. Kling
The Line by Teri Hall
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter
Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards
The Mark by Jen Nadol
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham
The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston
Nice and Mean by Jessica Leader
Everlasting by Angie Frazier
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Change of Heart by Shari Maurer
Kid vs. squid by Greg Van Eekhout
Mistwood by Leah Cypess
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson
Other by Karen Kincy

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
Prophecy of Days by Christy Raedeke
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez
The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz by Laura Toffler Corrie
Inconvenient by Margie Gelbwasser

Thanks so much to all 70+ librarians who entered! Stay tuned to find out who won all these amazing books!