Tuesday, June 30, 2009

upcoming interviews, reviews, and contest

In my last post, I mentioned a few exciting things coming this way and I am pleased to announce there are some really great interviews and reviews on the horizon.

This Thursday, July 2nd, I’ll be hosting an interview with fantasy author Lorna Suzuki. She’ll be chatting about her Imago series as well as her debut YA novel. Author Melissa Senate will also be sharing news about her latest book, The Secret of Joy, in an upcoming interview. Zoe Winters, author of Kept, will also be making an appearance soon.

In addition to this, I have a few book reviews coming up including Twitterville by Shel Israel and Absolute Knowledge: Stories by Ian Randall Wilson. Check back for updates on more forthcoming reviews and interviews. If you are interested in sharing your latest release with readers of this blog, please email me for more info.

I look forward to including new features with you on this blog. One of the things I enjoy is passing along great finds I’ve come across on other blogs and in news articles. This week, I found an interesting blog post by Mike Shatzkin about how the role of an agent adapts along with the changing landscape in publishing. He raises some interesting points. Another blog by Helen Ginger talks about how writers can try to overcome roadblocks. Helen gives some great tips on making the best of a blocked situation, so if you’ve ever cornered yourself while writing, be sure to read her post.

In my own writing world, I am pleased to report having mailed out a number of submissions to periodicals this week. I feel wildly productive as of late and it’s so great to share my progress and process with readers of this blog. One thing I am excited (and slightly anxious!) about is my voluntary participation in a writing challenge. YA Edge, a highly recommended blog about writing for teens, is hosting the ‘1K-a-day’ challenge. I’ve signed on as a participant for one of my YA works-in-progress, and have thus committed myself to a month of fun, frenzy, and following others in their path to completion. Wish me luck!

Don’t forget to enter the contest! At the end of September, I’ll be randomly drawing a name from the list of those following this blog. If you haven’t yet clicked to ‘follow this blog’ do so over on the right side panel to enter for your chance to win a signed copy of one of my titles. Best of luck to all.

Be sure to come back on Thursday for my interview with Lorna Suzuki. Until then, happy reading!

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