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"Frequently hysterical ... devastatingly honest writing that surprises with its occasional beauty and hits home with the keenness of its insight." 

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review


"So much fun... an insightful story about seizing life for all it’s worth while you have the chance."

—Publishers Weekly

"It is a pleasure to read a writer who so delights in language, and who writes so captivatingly in a teen voice with such imaginative description."

— Los Angeles Times

“This is a love story. Not a romantic love story, but a story of the development of a deep caring relationship with another being. Humorous and sad at times, it brings us to ask ourselves what we think about heaven and how we get there. Believable and fast-paced, it keeps us reading to the end.”

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The Secret Journeys of Jack London: a blog book tour

Hello, friends and readers:

I have the good luck of being part of the blog tour for a fantastic new read from HarperCollins, and on March 8, will post an exclusive interview I did with Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon about their collaboration, the first in a series that's just been optioned for a movie.

Here's official info about the book and the rest of the tour, which I hope you check out. The book is an incredible piece of writing with an absolutely dazzling monster:

Are you ready to take a journey into the wild? Bestselling authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon have teamed up to create THE SECRET JOURNEYS OF JACK LONDON.

Jack certainly lived a wild life, which inspired Golden & Lebbon to create this new book series based on his real-life travels. They've taken his true stories and his fiction and mixed in urban legends and myths of the time.

While THE SECRET JOURNEYS series is fiction, not biography, the books are extremely well-researched, and spooky elements add another level of intrigue to the richly detailed stories. The first book, THE WILD, will be released on Tuesday, March.

When seventeen-year-old Jack London travels to Alaska to join the Klondike Gold Rush, the path he treads is not at all what he expected. Along the way, he encounters kidnappers, traders, traitors, and a mysterious wolf. Jack must face the wild head-on in order to survive.

The buzz for THE SECRET JOURNEYS OF JACK LONDON just keeps getting louder. 20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights to the series.

Garth Nix, author of the Abhorsen Trilogy, declared: "A masterful mix of gold, cold, supernatural creatures, and dread magic makes this a great action adventure story." Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy, calls THE WILD "A great old-school adventure novel and the best use of the Wendigo legend I've ever read."

Authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon will launch a blog tour the day before the book's release, beginning at Bildungsroman on Monday, February 28 and traveling through the blogs of YA/kidlit bloggers who are also teachers, librarians, and/or adventurers through Tuesday, March 8.

Each tour stop will offer an exclusive piece of art from Greg Ruth, whose stunning illustrations give life to the characters, locations, and beasts throughout the book.

Here's the full schedule:

Download the electronic press kit for THE SECRET JOURNEYS OF JACK LONDON.


Written by Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon

Illustrated by Greg Ruth On sale: March, 2011

Published by HarperCollins Childrens

ISBN: 9780061863172


From the freelance files: Our love/hate relationship with food

Here's an article I wrote for Women's Health on why food choices can be a challenge to so many women.




Getting ready for a manuscript intensive

Next week I'm headed to New York for the SCBWI conference (you can still sign up). For the first time, I'm signed up for a manuscript intensive, so I asked my friends who've done it for their tips.

I thought I'd share the great advice I received from Holly Cupala, author of the novel TELL ME A SECRET,  Lee Wind, an author and one of my fellow team blog members, and Sara Easterly, an author and former SCBWI member of the year.

From Holly Cupala

The Writer’s Intensive is a golden opportunity to show your very best work. Polish those 500 words until they sparkle and stand out and can’t help but capture your audience (and practice reading them!). Even if the editor or agent isn’t quite the right fit, they might help you make a connection that is.
The intensive is also great time to connect with peers as well as the editor or agent, so bring plenty of your business cards to exchange. Several of my tablemates have become friends and allies in the children’s book world.
Above all, be polite and professional. The most brilliant manuscript in the world probably won’t be requested if the writer behaves abominably. I’ve seen it happen!

From Lee Wind

Lee is more sensible than a speeding bullet.I'd share two pieces of advice:

Specifically in New York for the writer's intensive, certainly participate in the discussion of other people's work, but please make sure to defer to the editor or agent at your table, and make sure they have the time to share their expert knowledge!  You wouldn't want some other writer talking so much about your work during your precious minutes that you never got to hear what the agent at your table thought!  If you have something you're bursting to share with another writer and there isn't time, you can always get their contact info and get together to chat about it later--they'll be flattered, and it might even be a way to make a new friend or critique buddy!

And most important, when your work is being critiqued--just listen!  Don't argue or explain what you meant.  The important thing is to listen to their reaction to what is on the page--after all, you'll almost never be standing by an agent or editor's chair to chime in while they're reading your manuscript!  Oh, and take lots of notes, so later, you can consider the feedback from a more private and less emotionally charged place.

From Sara Easterly

Bring copies of more than one piece of work, if you have multiple manuscripts in the hopper. And do your best to research the conference faculty ahead of time. While the editors and agents who participate in the intensives aren't always listed as part of the official conference faculty, mSara's dressed warmly for New York.any are. If you're familiar with the tastes and interests of the editor and agent you're assigned to (you'll find out who when you pick up your registration materials on site), you'll have options for which manuscript is best to pull out.   

Read over the intensive detail carefully. There's usually one person in each group who's misread the instructions and only brings two copies of his or her manuscript, or who doesn't bring complete sets of copies for the two different groups. For the rest of the group, it can be hard to follow along without a copy or while looking over a copy that someone else marked up in the previous session. And, frankly, not being a careful reader and griping about the unclear instructions (which inevitably comes next, even though nine others at the table seemed to understand them just fine) looks unprofessional.

Finally, have fun! It's refreshing to hear the work of others and benefit from an editor or agent's perspectives for improvement -- which almost always can relate back to your own writing in some way.