I've spent most of the morning answering questions for a feature in Library Sparks, corresponding with a beginning Native writer, suggesting other authors to planners for upcoming events, and coordinating revisions with editors.
I was also thinking that I've had a number of conversations of late with breakthrough writers, those who've sold their first book (and perhaps more) in the recent tough market. This is mostly because Austin has had an explosion in new talent. Yay!
One suggestion I have for new authors is to keep looking for opportunities to promote their back-list books. The front-list window is not a big one, and certainly, you want to maximize opportunities while on center stage. But children's books are going out of print quickly these days, and consistent sales are what will bring your story to each new wave of young readers.
No one is a better advocate for your book(s) than you. So keep your eyes open and your cover art ready! Show your love for your book and readers by continuing to bring them together.
Cynsational News & Links
Today's mail brings a postcard from Italy from author/illustrator Katie Davis. Thanks, Katie!
Author Anastasia Suen blogs about the Lee & Low New Voices Award.
The 2005-2006 nominees for the Crown Gallery, Crown, and Lamplighter Awards have been posted by the Christian Schools Association. Special congratulations to: Austinite Don Tate, illustrator of Black All Around by Patricia Hubbell (Lee & Low); Austinite Lindsey Lane, author of Snuggle Mountain, illustrated by Melissa Iwai (Clarion); Kay Winters, author of Abraham Lincoln, The Boy Who Loved Books, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter (Simon & Schuster); Jane Kurtz, author of both Bicycle Madness, illustrated by Beth Peck (Henry Holt) and Saba: Under the Hyena's Foot (American girl).
"When Your Muse Plays Hide and Seek" by Shari Lyle-Soffe from her blog, Out of My Mind.