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Bookstore Interview – Ellen Klein of Hooray for Books!

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Bookstore Interview – Ellen Klein of Hooray for Books!

Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. Despite that, a great number of independent bookstores are thriving. Today, I’m excited to share an interview with Ellen Klein of Hooray for Books!, located in Alexandria, VA.   Image from http://www.hooray4books.com   Hooray for Books! is an...

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Author Interview – Sherwood Smith

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Author Interview – Sherwood Smith

Photo provided by Sherwood Smith   I first picked up Sherwood Smith’s CROWN DUEL when I was in middle school, and was immediately drawn into her world and characters. Meliara is a captivating protagonist, who is feisty but also vulnerable. I remember staring for hours at the old cover, the one where Meliara stares out at the reader, as I pictured myself in her world. The book has deservedly garnered a number of awards: it was nominated for ALA/YASLA Best Books for Young Adults, named to the ALA/YASLA Quick Pick List for Reluctant...

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Bookstore Interview – Deb Sundin of Unlikely Story

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Bookstore Interview – Deb Sundin of Unlikely Story

Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. Despite that, a great number of independent bookstores are thriving. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing my interview with Deb Sundin, the General Manager of An Unlikely Story, a bookstore and café in Plainville, MA.   Photo...

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On Daily Routines

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On Daily Routines

Photo Credit: From PublicDomainPictures.net There are so many amazing interviews with authors out there–including a ton of advice that authors have collected on their site in FAQ pages. Some of that advice is from authors who are no longer with us. I’ve collected some of that advice in these posts, and organized them by topic. It’s a quick way to see some of the great advice out there on a particular subject, but if you want even more advice and great interviews, click on the links beside each quote. Here, I’ve...

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Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Hope you have a wonderful break; more interviews and content will be coming in the new year. In the meantime, enjoy this picture of a baby penguin: Photo from Wiki   Reminder: if you’d like to stay up to date on all interviews and other posts, subscribe to my blog by scrolling down and entering your email, or sign up for my...

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On the Best Advice for Young Writers

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On the Best Advice for Young Writers

Photo Credit: From PublicDomainPictures.net There are so many amazing interviews with authors out there–including a ton of advice that authors have collected on their site in FAQ pages. Some of that advice is from authors who are no longer with us. I’ve collected some of that advice in these posts, and organized them by topic. It’s a quick way to see some of the great advice out there on a particular subject, but if you want even more advice and great interviews, click on the links beside each quote. Here, I’ve...

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Author Interview – Wendelin Van Draanen

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Author Interview – Wendelin Van Draanen

Photo from Wendelin’s Amazon Author Page   I remember reading my first Sammy Keyes mystery as a kid, and experiencing the sheer delight of Sammy’s antics from the very first pages. (If you’ve read the first Sammy Keyes, you’ll know exactly what moment I’m talking about.) Recently, I read the final book in that series, SAMMY KEYES AND THE KISS GOODBYE, Wendelin Van Draanen’s farewell to an iconic character. Image from http://www.wendelinvand.com/sammy-keyes.html   But Sammy Keyes is far from the...

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On What Surprised Them About Their Career Path – Writer Edition

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On What Surprised Them About Their Career Path – Writer Edition

Photo Credit: From PublicDomainPictures.net Since I often ask similar questions of people I interview, I wanted to collect some of their responses here, under the umbrella of that particular topic. That way, if you’re looking for quick advice or inspiration on a particular subject, you can browse these posts to see what a variety of very talented writers and other professionals say. Here, I’ve collected together responses to the question: What is something that surprised you about your career path? I’ve linked to each full...

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Bookstore Interview – Christine Reed of Basically Books

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Bookstore Interview – Christine Reed of Basically Books

Photo provided by Christine Reed   Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. Despite that, a great number of independent bookstores are thriving. I had the chance to talk to the owner of one of those bookstores, Christine Reed of Basically Books in Hilo, Hawaii, which I’m excited to feature in...

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On The Worst Advice They’ve Received About Publishing and Writing

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On The Worst Advice They’ve Received About Publishing and Writing

Photo Credit: From PublicDomainPictures.net Since I often ask similar questions of people I interview, I wanted to collect some of their responses here, under the umbrella of that particular topic. That way, if you’re looking for quick advice or inspiration on a particular subject, you can browse these posts to see what a variety of very talented writers and other professionals say. Here, I’ve collected together responses to the question: What’s the worst advice you’ve received about publishing or writing? I’ve...

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