It launched in 2004, in part to update readers on her own writing and in part as an extension of Children's and YA Literature Resources and Writer Resources, both hosted at Cynthia's official author site.
Cynsations attracts more than 70,000 monthly page views during actively publishing months (40,000 on hiatus). Comments were added in Jan. 2011, but are not per se solicited.
The blog is a source for conversations, publishing information, writer resources and inspiration, bookseller-librarian-teacher appreciation, news in children's and young adult literature/publishing, and author outreach.
The tone of the blog is positive and uplifting. It's primarily a resource for those writers seeking the insights and tools to facilitate forward movement and success, defined broadly.
That said, it's also a place of diversity, inclusion and social justice. Or, put another way, it's positive but not Pollyanna. (Because Cynthia publishes some books for young children, it's not unusual for, say, an eight-year-old, doing an author-study, to stop by. While they are not the age-target readership, this segment of the audience is always kept in mind.)
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.
|Cyn's first book (HarperChildren's, 2000)|
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.
Books for consideration and giveaways are provided by authors, publishers, independent publicists, and purchased by Cynthia Leitich Smith, her interns and/or her reporters.
Cynsations doesn't critically review specific titles, and inclusion/mention of a book or author/illustrator doesn't constitute an endorsement.
To enter a giveaway, readers must be at least 13 years of age. Prizes may be sent in care of a parent/guardian's work address, book club coordinator, youth group leader, teacher or school/public librarian (ask first).