Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A STARRED REVIEW FROM KIRKUS for DEVINE INTERVENTION

I LOVE THIS BOOK and so does KIRKUS!!! Plus, read Martha's amazing post about the star!


DEVINE INTERVENTION [STARRED REVIEW]
Author: Brockenbrough, Martha

Review Issue Date: April 15, 2012
Online Publish Date: March 28, 2012
Publisher:Levine/Scholastic
Pages: 304
Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99
Publication Date: June 1, 2012
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-545-38213-7
Category: Fiction

Jerome is no teen angel.

A hell raiser when alive and killed by his cousin in eighth grade in an unfortunate archery accident, he has spent his afterlife in Soul Rehab assigned to Heidi in an attempt to win his way into Heaven. Not that he's very committed to the notion; he lost his "Guardian Angel's Handbook" pretty much right away, but he sort of tries. Heidi has more or less enjoyed Jerome's company, though he could sometimes be annoying. When Heidi, having experienced unendurable humiliation in a high-school talent show, ventures onto thin ice and falls through, Jerome does his best to save her soul-as much for her own sake, he's surprised to find, as for his. Brockenbrough devises a devilishly clever narrative, alternating Jerome's first-person account with Heidi's tightly focused third-person perspective. Tying both together are commandment-by-commandment excerpts (often footnoted) from Jerome's lost handbook, each stricture slyly informing the succeeding chapter. The rules governing Jerome's afterlife lead to frequently hysterical prose. He can't swear, of course, so he substitutes euphemisms: ". if I weren't so chickenchevy"; "It was a real mind-flask." Beneath the snark, though, runs a current of devastatingly honest writing that surprises with its occasional beauty and hits home with the keenness of its insight.

As the clock ticks down on Heidi's soul, readers will be rooting for both Jerome and Heidi with all their hearts. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)
Used with permission from Kirkus Reviews Online | © 2012 Kirkus Reviews

Monday, March 26, 2012

JANET GURTLER's I'M NOT HER is a double RWA Rita Finalist!!!

Congratulations to Janet Gurtler for I'M NOT HER garnering 2 RWA Rita Finalist awards:


2012 RITA Finalists for Best First Book


2012 RITA Finalists for Young Adult Romance


Wow! What an amazing honor!

Check out Janet's other books too--all are fantastic. Plus, HUGE news coming soon from Janet and her editor Leah from Sourcebooks!

Monday, March 19, 2012

START-UP PUBLISHERS

So I am seeing a number of 'start-up publishers' that are making offers and even announcing deals on Publishers Marketplace. Though primarily e-book publishers, these new publishers are securing distribution deals for their print books and most often offering $0 - $200 advances with generous royalties. BUT--many, but definitely not all, have no professional editors on their staff nor do they hire professional freelance editors.

So I ask you, my blog readers....What is the benefit of going with these start-up publishers rather than self-publishing and keeping all your royalties?

If you could hire the likes of Emma Dryden, Karen Grove, Deborah Halverson, Tamson Weston....the list goes on and on and feel free to add their names to the comments section so people who do want to self-publish know who the freelance professionals in kids books are...and you can hire a reasonably priced cover artist, and you can learn how to upload books onto the ebook platforms, why go with a start-up publisher?

I am not saying anything negative about these publishers as they may be publishing amazing books and making an impact on our industry and our reading in the months and years to come, I just would love to know your thoughts...

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories!


Imagine a workbook in which you are expertly guided on how to plot your novel, screenplay, memoir, etc. In which you fill in a PLOT PLANNER, a SCENE TRACKER, get to really understand your characters....a workbook in which you will plot your next book and from which you will create a sure-fire page-turner. Well get ready, because in the Fall of 2012 the The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories lands in bookstores nationwide! 

From Publisher's Marketplace: International plot consultant Martha Alderson's THE PLOT WHISPERER WORKBOOK, a companion to her THE PLOT WHISPERER, with exercises and tools including her innovative Plot Planner, Scene Tracker and Thematic Bubble Chart with which authors create a detailed plot for their novels, memoirs and screenplays, to Adams Media, for publication in Fall 2012.

Want to get a taste of what you will learn? Watch Martha Alderson's FREE VIDEOS  27 STEP PLOT VLOG SERIES!  Here is the kind of emails/blog comments I get about these vlogs:  I just watched all 27 and wow. I wish I'd have seen these before my first 2 novels I wrote. She's fantastic! I'm mapping out my next story with these exact guidelines. Thanks Jill! 

Just in time for NaNo 2011, Adams Media released Martha Alderson's THE PLOT WHISPERER: SECRETS OF STORY STRUCTURE ANY WRITER CAN MASTER.

The book is selling like crazy...WHY? Because it is fantastic! 

Also read my previous blog posts about Martha AKA the Plot Whisperer so you can see why I think this is a must read for writers of every genre!




Order THE PLOT WHISPERER from Amazon, Order from Barnes Noble, Oder from Borders, Order from INDIEBOUND

Product Description:
Plotting Made Simple, from the Plot Whisperer. When it comes to writing bestsellers, it's all about the plot. Plot is where most writers fall down - and they have no idea how to get back up. But with "The Plot Whisperer", celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson shows writers how to breathe life into the most moribund of stories - one scene at a time. Alderson provides a plotting primer that's as easy to implement as it is to understand. With this foolproof system, writers of all genres can learn to devise a successful storyline that: tells the story in the best way; builds suspense; incorporates effective sub-plots; ties up all the loose ends; and, keeps the reader turning pages. "The Plot Whisperer" is the ultimate guide to writing page turners that sell.

About the Author:
Martha Alderson has worked with hundreds of writers in plot workshops, retreats, and plot consultations for more than fifteen years. Her clients include best-selling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors.

Product Details:
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Adams Media (October 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1440525889
ISBN-13: 978-1440525889http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781440525889

Monday, March 5, 2012

COVER REVEAL! DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLD


click on this cover to read the type

THE POETS:

  • Alan Katz
  • Alice Schertle
  • Bruce Coville
  • Carol Tanzman
  • Curtis Crisler
  • David L. Harrison
  • Denise Lewis Patrick
  • Elaine Magliaro
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Georgia Heard
  • Hope Anita Smith
  • Hope Vestergaard
  • J. Patrick Lewis
  • Jacqui Robbins
  • Jane Yolen
  • Janet Wong
  • Jill Corcoran
  • Joan Bransfield Graham
  • Joyce Lee Wong
  • Joyce Sidman
  • Julia Durango
  • Kelly Ramsdell Fineman
  • Laura Purdie Salas
  • Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Lisa Wheeler
  • Marilyn Singer
  • Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Rose Horowitz
  • Stephanie Hemphill
  • Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
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