Author Craft Review 3: Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

The purpose of this blog is to highlight techniques/tricks used by recently-published authors, so that upcoming authors can build a relevant reading list based on what publishers are currently buying.

TODAY’S BOOK: In a recent author-mentorship contest, several of the mentors listed Leila Sales on their wishlist as a writing style they’d like to see from potential YA mentees, hence my curiosity to see what all the fuss was about. Well, the fuss was warranted, and I’ve narrowed, as always, to the top three reasons why. Click on the title to continue reading.

Author Craft Review 2: Jenn Marie Thorne’s The Inside of Out

The purpose of this blog is to highlight techniques/tricks used by recently-published authors, so that upcoming authors can build a relevant reading list based on what publishers are currently buying.

TODAY’S BOOK: In my desperate hunt to find contemporary YA novels with activist youth to use as comparables for my own work, The Inside of Out met my parameters: traditionally published, strong voice and interesting story. A jam-packed page of reading scribbles later, it wasn’t easy selecting only three things Jenn Marie Thorne did especially well in The Inside of Out. But narrow I did, and recommend for aspiring YA authors I do. Click on the title to continue reading.

Author Craft Review 1: Jessica Strawser’s Almost Missed You

This blog highlights techniques/tricks used by recently-published authors, so that upcoming authors can build a relevant reading list based on what publishers are currently buying.

TODAY’S BOOK: After hearing author Jessica Strawser describe her novel’s premise at the 2016 Writers’ Digest Conference, I wormed my way through the throng of fans to secure one of ten advance reader copies of Almost Missed You, a suspenseful story that will likely land in the Women’s Fiction section of bookstores.