On the heels of my last post, I'm awed by my good fortune to win the attention of the Association of Booksellers for Children. MY MIXED-UP BERRY BLUE SUMMER was selected as one of twelve novels to earn a spring New Voices award!
And I love the company I'm in! Check out Hannah Barnaby, Augusta Scattergood and Caroline Starr Rose (I loved May B.). There's more: Marilyn Sue Shank, Carole Geithner, Cynthia Levinson, Jennifer Shaw Wolf, Marissa Meyer, Jesse Andrews, Leigh Bardugo, and Trish Doller.
So thank you so much to the booksellers who spent hours reading all the new releases! Order your books from these folks:
Crowded hallways, subway cars, and airplanes. It's not very comfortable is it? I sometimes get that closed-in feeling, and the only solution is to hold very still, as if I am disappearing.
Some crowds are just too many people in a small space. Other crowds can feel bigger than they are, especially if they are menacing.
That's the way June feels when she finds herself in the middle of a hostile crowd outside the library.
Fortunately, the world of book publishing is the first kind of crowd--just too many books in a jammed freeway of information. How can MY MIXED-UP BERRY BLUE SUMMER stand out?
With help. Lately I've realized how wonderful the writing community is. Slowly, like a spring vine, I'm connecting with booksellers and authors, fans and friends on twitter and Facebook. Everyone has been so supportive!
The care I've taken with the words and story will show, I hope. The book is baked, and in one month it will be on the shelves, ready for young readers.
Here's what I've been thinking and writing about. I love getting email, too!