A big bouquet of thanks!

2 Jun

My launch for How to Tend a Grave last week was a wonderful event! I’m happy to report that total nakedness didn’t happen, and I didn’t get crumbs on my dress either (more later). Thanks so much to everyone who came and made it such a success, and to everyone who sent congratulations and good wishes. Your support is deeply appreciated.

Thanks to Ben McNally of Ben McNally Books for hosting. What a gorgeous space! If you’re looking for a place to hold a launch, I highly recommend this bookstore. But even more important, I’d like to thank Ben for being in the business of selling books. That’s what it’s all about, after all. So if you’re looking for a place to buy books, again, I highly recommend this bookstore.

Thanks to my husband Allan, my daughter Caitlin, and my friend, writer Lena Coakley, for so graciously offering to help with everything. They kept me calm, and I couldn’t have organized and survived my book launch without them.

Books don’t just happen either. Writers need help all along the road to publication. So thanks to my family for their unconditional love and support over the years. They sustain and inspire me. And thanks to Great Plains Publications and my stellar editor, Anita Daher. I am so grateful to everyone for believing in my book.

Thanks to Michael Galan for his photos of the launch, and also for taking the time last fall to visit a historic cemetery with me to shoot my author photo for the book’s back cover.

Thanks to Nicolle Thow, emerging cake artist, who made the fun cupcake cookie favours (shown in baskets on the signing table) and the absolutely amazing book cover cake for me. She didn’t even balk when I told her it had to look like a gravestone. She just went ahead and produced a delicious vanilla cake filled with vanilla frosting and fresh strawberries.

My mother always said, “Be careful that your words are sweet, in case those words you have to eat.” Right. Thanks, Mom! So here I am, literally preparing to eat my words, because despite all my fretting, the launch went really well. And the reason I didn’t get crumbs on my dress? The cake was so popular I almost missed tasting it at all. Luckily someone saved the last piece for me to take home.

How to Tend a Grave is out in the world now. Thanks again, everyone, for everything. Roses to all of you!!!

 

Naked Book Launch!

22 May

At the launch of Lena Coakley’s Witchlanders in Toronto, with L.M. Falcone

I love going to book launches. Other people’s book launches, that is. There’s so much to celebrate when a new book is released. I know firsthand how much work went into my friends’ books before publication – the years they spent writing, revising, despairing, revising, pushing through, revising, facing rejection, revising, finding a publisher, revising, working with an editor, revising, revising, revising and then finally, many years later, launching.

At the launch of Susan Juby’s The Woefield Poultry Collective in Nanaimo

But a launch for my own new book makes me very nervous. I know that on the day of, I’ll want to say, “Oh, you go on ahead. I’ll just stay home and read.” Because with the focus of the evening on me and my book, I’ll just feel, you know, so totally naked.

It’s not that I don’t get support from my family and friends. I do – immensely so. And it’s not that I’m worried no one will come, or that my scribbled handwriting will muck up the books when I sign, or even that I won’t be asked to sign at all. Those are major concerns, for sure, but my true dread comes from something far deeper. It comes from knowing that my entire heart and soul are laid bare in my book. It’s me there on the page, wearing absolutely nothing.

I so need to get over this. I can’t let my fear of feeling naked turn me into a ditzy blathering mess at my launch – I have to make it work for me instead. So here goes. Since my last launch was all about Cleavage, I’m going to assume that appearing naked at this one is the logical and perfect topper. I’ll keep in mind the artistic advantages too. Maybe I’ll inspire someone to write a story called “The Author’s New Clothes” or “The Naked and the Read” and then dedicate it to me. And just imagine the possibilities for launch photo titles: Nude with Book, Nude Signing Collector’s Copies, Nude Eating Cake. But best of all, if I’m naked I won’t have to worry about getting cake crumbs on my launch outfit.

Yes, there will be cake. And seriously, to spare everyone undue shock and embarrassment, I’ll risk crumbs on my dress and remain fully clothed (this time!) Please join me if you can for the launch of my new YA novel:

How to Tend a Grave

Thursday, May 24, 6pm, at Ben McNally Books, Toronto

Hope to see you there! Naked or not.

 

the amazing Anita Daher

15 May

For my new YA novel, I had the good fortune of working with the amazing Anita Daher. Not only is she the associate teen books editor at Great Plains Publications, but she has written five middle grade and two YA novels, which have been finalists for many awards. It’s no surprise that her YA novel Two Foot Punch,about the sport of parkour, is a fast-paced, high-energy thriller. She also writes columns for The Winnipeg Review and The Winnipeg Free Press, teaches, mentors, does presentations and school visits, is active on social media and is the Manitoba/Saskatchewan Representative for The Writers’ Union of Canada. But somehow she still has time for her family and Wager the Wonder Horse!
So what was it like to work with this busy and talented editor? A real pleasure. From the beginning, Anita expressed her support for my book, and kept reminding me how much she believed in it. Her suggestions were always just that. I could think about them and use them – or not – as I saw fit. My book, my call. Luckily, we both agree that less is more, so when she asked me to make cuts, I did. And right up until the last minute, she emailed suggestions for small changes that made a big difference.
I am so impressed and inspired by Anita. That’s why I wanted to interview her about writing and editing. I emailed her my questions, and she graciously took the time to answer:
JS: Anita, I’m sure you’re always asked how you manage to accomplish everything you do, so I’m going to skip that question for now. What I’d really like to know is how you got started as a writer? As an editor? Which came first – writing books or editing them?

AD: Hi Jocelyn! Before I answer your questions I have to tell you how much I enjoyed working with you. How to Tend a Grave took my breath away from the moment I first read it, and I enjoyed our discussions as we worked through the editorial stages.

Which came first? Definitely the writing. Like many writers I started while young, forever jotting story ideas, overheard phrases, observations on napkins, bus passes, homework, anything within reach. I began writing with the intent to be published in the mid-nineties and published my first novel with Orca in 2002. In 2008 I popped into the Great Plains offices, where I’d previously worked as marketing coordinator, to discuss the company’s developing YA imprint with publisher Gregg Shilliday. I began as associate teen book editor that very week. It is a company I believe in with a publisher that trusts and supports its staff and authors—a terrific atmosphere!

JS: You write for both middle grade and teens. Do you have a preference? Why? What’s your current WIP?

AD: I enjoy each for different reasons. Middle grade novels are pure fun, even when scary. The ones I write are all action and reaction and characters learn important life lessons while working their way through adventures. When I write for this age I connect to the 12-year-old me (which isn’t that hard for me, by the way), and tap into an energy and gusto that is uber-fun. Middle grade readers have such an optimistic view of life.

But I also enjoy thinking on the complexities of being human, and recall how our awareness of this emerges in our teens, and continues through the years. I slip into a more thoughtful place when I write for teens, where my protagonists learn something important about themselves through interactions with other characters, even the bad ones. They tend to be tougher stories, painful, and writing them can be emotionally exhausting, but ultimately, perhaps because of this, I find the experience more satisfying.

JS: What’s it like being an editor who also writes? Does it make seeing a critique of your own work easier or harder? Are you able to edit your own work?

AD: Balance is always tough. I find it difficult to put all of my attention in another author’s creative work when I am working on something of my own. Luckily, I have a flexible work environment, and so I make sure that I schedule my own projects, especially first drafts, around Great Plains novel edits. I like to think editing for others has strengthened my writing skills, especially in terms of flow, however I still need objective eyes on to see the truth of what needs strengthening or fixing in my own work. I love this! Even when the truth is difficult, it is needed, and always makes for a better, stronger story. Lucky for me my first reader is my lovely agent Marie Campbell, who was first (and still is at heart) an editor. I love having her on my team.

JS: If you had to choose between writing your own books and editing other writers’ work, which would it be?

AD: As much as I enjoy editing, I would choose to work on my own stories hands down. My dream would be to write every morning, and ride every afternoon. Hmmm, I suppose I’m pretty much living that dream, though some mornings are devoted to editing over writing. I guess the key is the “every morning” bit.

JS: Can you describe your editing process? How many times do you reread the whole ms?

AD: My first look is during the acquisitions stage. I make notes that I take to the editorial table where decisions are made, but often several months pass before an author and I begin working on a manuscript. This is good because my memory is so bad it is like I am approaching it fresh again! Before we begin, I like to make sure the author is clear on my approach: substantive edit for big-picture stuff, then the nitty-gritty copy edit. We may need to go back and forth several times during each stage, or not. I like authors to know that I make suggestions where I feel they are needed, but unless there is a significant issue I won’t push. It may seem obvious, but it is the author’s novel. We are on the same team, but ultimately it is his or her name on the cover. The number of times I read a manuscript varies…perhaps between six and dozen times.

JS: As a YA writer, I try to resist the temptation to self-censor, but it’s always there. How do you deal with profanity and sensitive subjects as you write and edit? How aware are you of the possible negative reaction of teachers/parents/librarians?

AD: I think it is important to set aside that self-censor during the initial story birthing. If the story leads toward sensitive subjects, fine, and if profanity feels right for the character, that’s fine also. During rewriting I will use judgment, but it is only ever regarding balance, flow, rightness and truth for that story. An editor once pointed out in a particular story of mine that teachers may be sensitive about my character holding and pointing a gun. I understood the concern, but the story required it. In the end I made a small adjustment: the young person held the rifle, but did not point it at anyone.

A different sort of concern came up during the writing of Spider’s Song. In that novel, the main character is a cutter. During my research, I learned that reading about cutting might be a trigger for those affected. This concerned me greatly, and so I decided the character would not be actively cutting during the story, but employing strategies to fight the urge. I believe we must write truthful stories, and not shy away from difficult subjects, but that we must also and always be respectful to intended readers.

As editor I feel much the same way, however I do have to think of market and potential sales. If there is something in a novel that I feel may be a concern for teachers or librarians, I will point it out, but ultimately respect the choice of the author. Any significant concerns would have been addressed prior to the novel being accepted.

JS: All four of Great Plain’s new titles for Spring 2012, The Break by Nelsa Roberto, The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City by Kevin Marc Fournier, Cape Town by Brenda Hammond and my own book, How to Tend a Grave, deal with tough subjects – Alzheimer’s, suicide, apartheid, racial prejudice, teen pregnancy, miscarriage, vandalism, prostitution. What’s your take on the whole dark YA thing?

AD: I don’t necessarily seek dark stories. I like stories that make me feel, and believe that is what teens seek also. If the stories are dark, so be it, as long as they are well written. Every story has a deeper meaning, something the author is communicating. If that message has strength, and is effectively communicated in a humdinger of a story, I am happy.

JS: How many submissions to Great Plains Teen Fiction do you receive in a year?

AD: I’ve not sat down to count, but if I break it down to the number I see monthly, between 180 and 240.

JS: How many full ms do you request for every one you accept?

AD: Hmm, again, if I break it down…I may request twenty-four to thirty-six full manuscripts in a year, but our standard has been to publish only three or four. Moving forward, until flux in the industry settles out we have decided to stick to three. So, for every eight to twelve full manuscripts we request, we accept one.

JS: Do you always choose manuscripts that don’t need a lot of work, or will you take on something you love but that needs a lot of substantive editing? Is there a time when you’re reading a submission that you just know you want to publish it?

AD: We sometimes take on a manuscript that is pretty clean, but we never accept a manuscript that still needs a good amount of work, no matter how brilliant we sense a story might be underneath the clutter. The reason: if we say yes, and then need to ask the author to do a significant rip and tear, the back and forth might be demoralizing for the author, which does not make for a healthy author/publisher relationship. We may, however, offer thoughts, and invite the author to submit again if concerns are addressed.

And yes, often the manuscripts we accept are ones that just…spark. I love them from the beginning.

JS: Editors often play a huge role in making books better, but they don’t always get much credit for their contribution. How do you feel about this? Are you underpaid and/or undervalued? Are there misconceptions about editors that you’d like to clear up?

AD: I feel just fine about it! I get so much satisfaction in helping an author bring out strengths in an already wonderful novel (if I didn’t already love it, we wouldn’t take it on!). It is always, always about the story. Does this make sense? Also, I never forget that it is the author’s story, not mine. The pay is what it is…I guess if I had any financial savvy I wouldn’t have gone into writing and publishing (Hah! I don’t actually believe writers have a choice. We write. Period—and we gain additional income from writing related activities). I am enriched and inspired by the process, and always feel appreciated by my authors. That is enough.

Misconceptions? I don’t worry too much about those. Beginning writers may feel an editor must be an adversary, or that it is an editor’s job to “fix” their novel and correct their mistakes, but these are not authors I work with.

JS: Do you ever get to read just for fun?

AD: I do, but not nearly enough! For intellectual, creative and mental health I must remind myself to set aside works-in-progress, student papers and manuscript submissions and pick up something wonderful—and already published. My favourite time-protected reading space is in the bath (too much info?).

JS: Is there a question about writing or editing that you are eager to answer but no one has ever asked you?

AD: Hmm…I can’t think of anything at the moment. To me, editing isn’t a mystery. You either love it, or you don’t. If an author finds they enjoy the process of editing their own work and think they might like editing someone else’s, I encourage them to give it a go. The balance can be tough—working on someone else’s novel means time and creative energy not going into personal work—but if they can manage it, the experience can be satisfying. 

I’d like to thank Anita very much for taking the time to answer my questions, and for her kind words about my book. But even more, I’d like to thank her for being such a terrific editor. And as for that question I didn’t ask earlier about how she does it all, who cares? She just does – and the literary world is the better for it. That’s what really matters.

 

an excerpt from my new book

2 May

How to Tend a Grave, published by Great Plains Teen Fiction, is available now. I’m so excited to share an excerpt with you here. Hope you enjoy it!

“Liam slumps down onto the sorry pile of dirt that covers his mom’s grave. It’s been days since he cried and he hoped he was done. But no such luck. And once he starts he can’t seem to stop.

Why, why, why? Why’d she go out that night? She said she’d always be there for him. She promised!

He blubbers like a baby and lets the tears and snot stream down his face.

Until he realizes he’s no longer alone. There’s someone standing nearby. Someone from Y4C, for sure. Listening to him rave. Watching him do the ugly cry.

He rubs his eyes with his fists and wipes his nose with the back of his hand. Gross, but right now, who really cares? He sniffles and gulps some deep breaths and braces himself for what’s coming.

Strangely, he’s still not afraid. Bring it on, he wants to say. Beat me up like you did that little old lady. Kick my head in. C’mon, kill me already and get it over with. Because I don’t care. My life is shit.

Nothing happens though. No fists in his face or boots to his head. So finally he glances up.

But it’s not Youth or Crime or anybody looking like a 4 standing there. It’s this girl. She’s tall and slender and pale. Her hair is all wavy and shiny over her shoulders like a waterfall. Her feet are bare. She has silver rings on her toes and her toenails are painted a dark, winy red, like blood.

She swishes the skirt of her long, lime-green dress. It’s some kind of a prom gown he guesses. “Hey,” she says, sitting down beside him on his mom’s grave. “Do you know how many dead babies are buried in this place?”

Dead babies? What’s with this chick? He lifts the edge of his T-shirt to clean his face. There’s tears and snot smeared all over him. He must look revolting. “No idea,” he says. “Never even thought about it. I’m Liam, by the way.”

“I know,” she says. “I’ve seen you at school.”

“You have?” So why hasn’t he seen her? Because he would have noticed. For sure.

“I’m Harmony.”

“Harmony. Nice name.”  Her hair is the most beautiful he’s ever seen. It’s the color of honey. He’d like to touch it. Stroke it. Stuff it in his mouth. But he restrains himself. She’d probably freak. And he’d probably lose all control and ravish her. Which would definitely be a very bad move.

“The babies have to be under two years old for me to visit them,” she says. “I bring them flowers. And other stuff too, like candles and charms.”

Is she for real? Or is he hallucinating? Did she really just say what he thinks she did? “You visit the graves of dead babies?”

She nods, like that’s the most natural thing in the world. “Some of them are over a hundred years old now. Well, they would be, if they’d lived.”

He leans back against the gravestone. This Harmony chick seems a bit crazy. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a fruitcake, even if she is incredibly hot.”

“Contemporary, realistic YA fiction at its best. The very different stories of two grieving fifteen-year-olds who meet in a cemetery interweave brilliantly in this fast-paced, engaging and unforgettable novel about life and love.”

 

“Pianoball”

13 Apr

In honour of national poetry month, check out the April 13 post on Sylvia Vardel’s Poetry for Children blog. It features an interview with Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer, co-editors of the forthcoming children’s poetry collection And the Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems, illustrated by Kevin Sylvester. I’m happy to say that my poem “Pianoball” was accepted for the book and is previewed at the end of the interview.

Cover reveal!

27 Mar

Presenting the fabulous cover of my new YA novel, How to Tend a Grave, coming soon from Great Plains Teen Fiction!

I absolutely love this cover! I wasn’t sure what the design team would come up with, since the story features both a guy and a girl, but I think they got the feeling of the book just right.

How to Tend a Grave is contemporary, realistic fiction for readers 14 & up. Here’s the catologue copy:

He always figured he might be thirty or something before he could even talk to a girl. Before he met the right one. One who could make him forget that his mom had sex for money. Liam’s mom has been killed in a hit-and-run, forcing him to live with a grandfather he’s never known in a small town with a big youth crime problem. At the cemetery he meets and falls for Harmony, a gorgeous but mysterious girl who records the names of all the babies buried there long ago.

Harmony is afraid that Liam will join the local gang of vandals and ruin his life. As a result of her painful history with the gang leader her best friend dumped her and she was shunned at school. In her journal she writes to the unplanned baby she recently miscarried, and examines her growing feelings for Liam. But as she says, “He’s a grieving teen and I’m a loony nutbar. Does that sound like a good combination?”

The very different stories of these two fifteen-year-olds interweave brilliantly in this fast-paced, engaging and unforgettable book about family, love and healing.

The proofs are finished and the book is at the printer (it will also be released as an ebook). Launch in late May, when I’m back in Toronto. Details TBA. But for those who just can’t wait, How to Tend a Grave is now available for pre-order at online bookstores.

Anything’s Possible!

31 Jan

I’ve now published another ebook on Smashwords. Anything’s Possible is a collection of three short stories for adults, written under my pen name, Elizabeth Sage. An earlier version of one of these stories won an award in a fiction contest and was published as a result. Another holds the record for my most “just about published” story, meaning that it was accepted for publication three different times, but in each case the magazine disappeared or the deal fell through before the story appeared.

Anything’s Possible is free. I know, I know, I’m not totally sure that’s a good idea. Why give my work away for nothing? But my hope is that readers who like it might then go on to buy my ebook, Finding Home. Kind of like when you get a free sample of a yummy new product in the grocery store and then decide to buy a whole box to take home. So in the interests of attracting readers and building a fan base, I’ve embraced the world of free ebooks. Well, one free ebook.

Here’s the link to Anything’s Possible:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/123981

Remember, you don’t need an ereader. You can download in HTML to read on your computer screen.

I listed Anything’s Possible on some free ebook sites to see what would happen, and am shocked at the response. Within a couple of weeks it’s been downloaded 1065 times. No reviews yet, but some likes on FB. (Hint, hint.)

Now here’s an update on Finding Home. To promote it, I lowered the price to $2.99 and also posted a time-limited coupon for a free copy to a couple of ebook sites. It’s now been downloaded 115 times, and I’ve actually sold 3 copies. I’ve also figured out how to make Finding Home available in Amazon’s Kindle Store and have sold 2 copies there.

The other good news is that I finally, finally got an independent review for Finding Home and the reader liked the book! Plus I have four other reviews promised by book bloggers.

So this is how it’s looking in my quest to make a million selling ebooks:

Sales on Smashwords:   9.09

Sales on Amazon:           4.18

Total Sales:                     13.27

$1,000,000 – $13.27  = only $999,986.73 left to earn!

Here’s hoping anything’s possible.

ebook sales exceed expectations!

12 Dec

I’ve finally published my first ebook on Smashwords and it’s selling better than I’d dared to hope.

Finding Home is a revised and updated edition of a romantic thriller about a surrogate mother, written under my pen name Elizabeth Sage, originally published in the U.S. in 2002 by Five Star  as part of their First Edition Women’s Fiction Series.

I might never have attempted publishing an ebook were it not for YA writer Arthur Slade. I’d like to thank him for his informative and inspiring blog posts about his ebook adventures. He made it all seem so possible. And lucrative!

There were many steps to the process, but taken separately, most were easy enough. Just, you know, time-sucking. Some people publish their work in digital format in under two hours. It took me over two months.

It was the thought of instant and insane cash that kept me going. I just knew I’d be a millionaire overnight with my ebook. I comissioned a new cover – many thanks to photographer Michael Galan and designer Sarah Schneider – and had the ms formatted according to the Smashwords Style Guide.

But by the time I was finally ready to upload the book, I was struck by that writer’s panic thing – I just knew my book wouldn’t sell. Not. One. Single. Copy.

Why had I bothered? Why had I wasted weeks of good writing time? Why had I spent money on a project that wasn’t even going to cover my costs? I was making myself poorer, not richer.

I revised my goal and decided I’d be happy to break my record for print sales. Even though family and friends had said that they loved Finding Home when it was first published, with no promo whatsoever (my fault – I didn’t know any better) and no independent reviews either, the hard cover sold a total of 82 copies. I didn’t earn out my advance and the book was immediately remaindered.

But here’s the thing. All rights reverted to me, and now I’m well on my way to financial success with the ebook. Because guess what? Once I’d uploaded it, someone bought a copy within the hour! Really. How cool is that? I’ve already netted $3.03!!!

Will keep you posted on how it goes. If I do make a million, I guess I can live with that. But for now, I’m glad that Finding Home has found a home. You can see it here:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/103176

Finding Home is only $2.99, plus you can sample the first 20% for free. You don’t need an eReader – just download HTML for online reading. Reviews – gushing, glowing, gobsmacked or godawful – are most welcome.

As of May 2012, Kindle edition is here.

And here’s the trailer, produced by the awesome Andie Rosenbaum of Airbookvideos:

 

 

 

 

With grateful remembrance, 11/11/11

11 Nov

I’m so proud that my parents and father-in-law served in the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII. Here’s my thank you and tribute to them in honour of Remembrance Day 2011.

When my father enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in July, 1942, my parents decided to marry immediately, before he went into basic training. They’d been engaged for over a year, but had postponed their wedding because of the war, and also because my mother would have to resign from teaching once she married. But now they couldn’t wait any longer. As my mother told me, “The future was so uncertain. Nobody knew if there’d even be a tomorrow.”

My parents married on a Saturday at my grandparents’ farm. On Monday morning my mother accompanied my father to Toronto’s Union Station to see him off. Along with hundreds of others in the bedlam that was Union Station that day, they wept as they parted, knowing they might never see each other again. 

After my father’s train left, my mother wandered around the city, lost and bereft, unsure what to do. Then she marched to a recruiting office and signed up for the RCAF (Women’s Division). She too was now in for the duration.

My father was sent overseas, but he couldn’t disclose exactly where. His letters were censored and took weeks to arrive. Meanwhile my mother was posted to Halifax. She worked at Operations Headquarters, plotting ships in the harbour. Directions were given her through earphones, by someone she couldn’t see, who addressed her in code. It was all top secret.

Here’s my mother, second from right, with her RCAFWD friends. And here’s my father, somewhere overseas. In the photo with the bicycles, he’ s on the left and that’s his brother on the right.

As for my father-in-law, he served in the militia from 1932 -1939. He was then on active service with 48th Highlanders of Canada and Canadian infantry Corps, stationed at Camp Borden as an Infantry instructor until 1945. With increasing responsibilites and hard work he rose to the rank of Lieutenant. As a civilian after the war he continued a life of service as President of his Legion. An active participant in school Remembrance Day activities, he also promoted a Legion bursary for graduating high school students. And he wore a kilt again to play in the Legion Pipe Band.

Here’s a memorial to him, part of the Newmarket Veterans Walk of Honour.

 

 

My parents and father-in-law were lucky to survive the war when so many thousands didn’t. But because of all who served, whether in the Armed Forces or as civilians working for the war effort on the home front, I’m even luckier. I’ve had the privilege of living in a free and democratic country my whole life, and so far have never experienced war.

I can only hope that my children and their children and their children’s children will be so blessed. I am very grateful to those who served in the past and those who do so today. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

May the whole world someday live in freedom and peace.

 

 

 

 

the Cleavage connection

13 Sep

As co-editor of Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls, I’m always interested in the literary careers of the wonderful writers whose stories are featured in the book. From over a hundred submissions, Deb Loughead and I chose fifteen original stories to include. Today I’m pleased to bring you an update on the authors of three of them:

Karen Krossing, shown here reading from her story “Profanity” at the Cleavage launch at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in 2008, has a new YA novel, TheYo-Yo Prophet, just released from Orca Books .

 

Watch the cool trailer here!

 

Since her story “About My Curves” appeared in Cleavage, Robin Stevenson has published several books for children and teens and been short-listed for many awards. I really enjoyed reading A Thousand Shades of Blue (nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award) and Liars and Fools. Robin toured Ontario for TD Canada Children’s Book Week 2011 and has two new books out this fall, Ben the Inventor for young readers and Escape Velocity for teens. 

                           

Mar’ce Merrell’s  delicious contribution to Cleavage, “The Cake Princess” was reprinted in an educational anthology, and she has now developed her story into a YA novel. She’s represented by Stimola Literary Studio, and The Cake Princess will be published in Spring 2012. 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations everyone! I’m so looking forward to reading your new books.