Oh Happy April!

I am hoping that spring will finally come and stick around!

Found this article today and felt like it just further proves that there are a lot of “mallory’s” out there! It’s primarily about colleges, but the same stuff is happening in high schools, too!

Time to Stop Hooking Up.

So here’s to discovering what real relationships are like!

Thoughts? opinions?

Have you read Me & My Invisible Guy yet??? What are you waiting for?

~sj~

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Words, words, words…

I am deliriously excited that people are reading my new book!! And while there are a good many reviews on Amazon and a variety of other places…I find I have to avoid them.

Why?

Because I will scan and skip over the good ones and land on the bad ones and fixate there until I can’t write anymore. Sigh. I really do care what people think, but that’s not always a positive thing. And isn’t that true in life too?

A hundred people can tell you you’re pretty and then that one idiot will call you ugly or fat and then suddenly that’s the only comment you remember.

People need encouragement far more than they need criticism.

So try to encourage someone today with a kind word. You never know when it could make all the difference in their day. or life.

And watch this – it’s pretty amazing.

It’s a Book – Birth – Day!!!

So my new book – Me & My Invisible Guy – comes out in just a few hours and I’m giddy with excitement to share this novel with you!! It’s been a seven year journey with this story but I finally get to send it out into the world. I hope you love the story as much as I loved writing it!

It’ll be on hardcover! and kindle!

And you should totally read it!!

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Buy it at Amazon!

And if you love it, do me a favor and leave a review at Amazon:-) It helps others to find out about the story!

And please, tell me here too!! I love hearing from readers!!! After all, you’re the reason I write in the first place!

~sj~

Me & My Invisible Guy

Me & My Invisible Guy

It’s real. It’s real!

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scbwi, eating on the floor, and a cool meeting

I don’t bring up the fact that I’m an author in everyday conversation. The other day, I was sitting at my daughter’s new dance class, and the women next to me began a conversation.

She was knitting. This made me immediately feel like we would have nothing in common (other than the dancing daughters a few feet away). I tried knitting once. I’m just not that kind of person. (My apologies to all you knitters…)

It took her four questions to find out that yes, I’m a writer, and wow, my book will be published. Then, wait for it, she wants to write a book, too! Yes, this is what happens in nearly every conversation, because everyone believes they have a book in them that they want to write (the statistics bear this out). I don’t mind this – but what usually happens is they start digging for information that would take days for me to answer. And the dance class is only an hour:-)

So it was delightfully fun to go to an SCBWI Conference this past weekend. If you want to write for teens, tweens or little kids, then the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators is a must-join organization. It was a great conference. I walked away feeling like a writer again (which I sometimes forget about in the midst of laundry, cooking and chauffeuring my kids all over the place). I ate lunch on the floor with several picture-book writers. I don’t write picture books (I have a hard time writing short things) but it was fun to see what they liked about it.

And I met with an editor who wants to see more of my new book.

the book I should be writing right now…

yeah, I should go do that..

~sj~

distracted anyone?

Ha! How sad and pathetic it is to do two posts and disappear like Tom Hanks on Castaway (cool movie, with a volleyball and everything)?

I am in a phase of “I don’t think this book will ever be finished.”

I have lost count of how many rounds of edits I’ve gone through. Now, to be fair, I’ve come out of every edit thinking “Yeah! the book is stronger!” Only to turn around and have to do it again. Writing ain’t for wimps. I’m supposed to be doing a round right now.

BUT! I have seen covers!!! And this makes me crazy excited because it seems more real than ever that at the end of this journey, a book is going to arrive. (This is the same way I got through my pregnancies, only that’s a baby and all and you can’t put a baby up on a shelf and simply admire it, it requires copious amounts of attention, but a book definitely can’t smile back at you and can’t hold a candle to my kiddos but it’s still REALLY COOL…

…distracted again…

anyhow.

I’ll try to chime in. I’m not exactly sure anyone is actually reading…that’s a little awkward…but I’m already planning contests and prizes and other fun stuff for when the book releases.

I don’t even think I’ve shared the name anywhere!

Have a great weekend!
SJ

Yeah for Contemporary YA!

Found a great article this morning that gives me – a writer of contemporary YA – reason to be giddy! I love this genre. I don’t write about creatures or invented worlds. My stories are set in places that could be just down the road from you.

I had an agent tell me that “I really enjoyed your writing, but I’m afraid that I wasn’t sure in the end how I would help this stand out in the big splashy way contemporary YA is having to these days.”

Sigh.I don’t think I’ll ever be a “splashy” writer. But in the end it didn’t matter because I found an editor who loved the story and I just signed the contract this week – so my brand -new, maybe not-so-splashy book will still be published. So I appreciated the insight of this article and thought I’d pass it on to you –

Advocating for Contemporary YA Lit

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