Author Guest Post: Finding Your Voice In Kidlit Publishing

Author Guest Post: Finding Your Voice In Kidlit Publishing

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As she prepares for the release of her first novel, I Can Make This Promise, author Christine Day reflects on the hurdles, realizations, and soul-searching that led her to this moment.   Five years ago, I received my first email from a literary agent. It was a novel moment, opening my inbox and seeing her message there, after weeks of form rejections and unimpressed silences. I had learned about this agent through the Acknowledgments section of a recent New York Times bestseller, a YA novel with a beautiful—yet somewhat lonely-looking—blonde girl on its cover, the first installment in a trilogy. I …

Author Guest Post: A Love Letter to the Decidedly Uncool

Author Guest Post: A Love Letter to the Decidedly Uncool

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Ahead of the publication of her debut novel, Crier’s War, author Nina Varela muses on the type of character she loves the most (spoiler: it’s not the Edward Cullen type.)   The older I get, the more I appreciate soft characters.  My teen years were: Edward Cullen and a thousand other brooding male love interests. The jaded, cynical antiheroes, the boys who were often cruel to their respective female protagonists. The tortured souls. Vampire/werewolf/elf prince/fallen angel boys who spent centuries killing humans and developed a bit of a complex about it. Boys who were cold on the outside but, of course, …