Cynsations is the official blog of New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith. The blog launched in 2004, in part to update her own readers and in part as an extension of Children's & YA Lit Resources and Goodies for Writers, both hosted at Cynthia's official author site.
Cynsations is a source for conversations, publishing information, literacy and free speech advocacy, writer resources, inspiration, bookseller-librarian-teacher appreciation, news in children's and young adult literature, and author outreach.
News of Cynthia's own books, events, media, and related topics are included in the mix.
The tone of the blog is positive and uplifting. This is not a forum for rants, sneers or doomsday predictions. Rather, it's a resource for those seeking the wisdom and tools to facilitate forward movement and success, defined broadly.
Via mirror sites, Cynsations has about 6,000 combined regular subscribers and averages 90,000 combined page views a month.
Cynsations at Blogger attracts 47,000 monthly page views & launched in 2004. Comments were added in Jan. 2011.
Cynsations highlights trade-published children's and teen literature from board books to upper-level young adult books. Its focus includes both fiction and creative nonfiction, realistic and speculative fiction. Books related to the craft of creating youth literature and/or connecting it to young readers and related literary analysis also are occasionally featured. The blog has an ongoing commitment to new voices, books/creators from underrepresented cultures, creative risk takers, quality mid-listers, rising and well-established stars.
Guest articles are written by members of the children's-YA writing, literature, media and publishing community. Cynsations doesn't solicit or accept posts from outside freelance contributors (but best wishes with your writing lives!).
Books for consideration and giveaways are provided by authors, publishers, independent publicists, and purchased by Cynthia Leitich Smith and/or her reporters. Cynsations doesn't critically review specific titles, however, mention of a book doesn't constitute an endorsement per se.
In the U.S./Canada, review copies may be sent to CYALR PO Box 3255 Austin, TX 78764. Due to volume, please don't query before sending, to confirm receipt, or to ask whether a book/author/illustrator will be highlighted. All books are given due consideration. Note: if you are a traditionally-published debut author/illustrator or an established trade publisher, please write for more information. Media releases related to youth literature, literacy or publishing more generally also are welcome at that email address.
Cynsations is currently not accepting review copies in e-formats, although e-only books are occasionally mentioned. Self-published books are eligible and held to the standard of traditionally published titles.
Readers must be at least 13 years of age to enter to win a giveaway. Cynthia is happy to send your prize in care of a parent's work address, book club coordinator, youth group leader, teacher or school/public librarian (ask first).