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Author Janet McNally on Writing about Music

Hi PubCrawlers! Today I’m sharing an interview with my friend and fellow Sweet 16 debut author, Janet McNally. Janet’s debut, Girls in the Moon, releases tomorrow, November 29. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy, and I fell in love with this lyrical coming-of-age story with a rock and roll backdrop. I’m so happy to have Janet here to talk about her debut. She is also sharing a giveaway, so enter with the […]

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Cover Reveal! GIRLS IN THE MOON by Janet McNally! (Plus ARC giveaway!)

First things first! Here’s the gorgeous cover! Isn’t that incredible? And here’s a summary of what you’ll find inside: Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex-rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister Luna, indie rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t […]

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Working with Public Libraries: A Guide for Authors (Part Two of Two)

In part one, we looked at book signings and other programs. But how do you pitch your program to a library? Showcases: Some state and regional library associations run performer showcases, where local authors and performers who wish to present in libraries can share a brief taste of their programs (usually 10-15 minutes). Participating in a showcase is a great way to put your presentation in front of lots of librarian eyeballs (and sometimes school […]

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Working with Public Libraries: A Guide for Authors (Part One of Two)

I’ve been lucky to experience public libraries from both sides of the reference desk: as a Children’s Services Supervisor at Carroll County (MD) Public Library (where I still work as a substitute), and also for thirteen years as an American Sign Language storyteller performing in libraries up and down the East Coast. As I gear up to promote my YA debut Sword and Verse (HarperTeen, January 19, 2016), I’m putting everything I’ve learned to good […]

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On Scaring Children

The funny thing about writing a horror novel is that approximately 87% of the people you meet will tell you to your face they don’t want to read it. Oh, there’s rarely anything malicious in this declaration. Sure, there are always a few “I only read serious books about serious topics” types with tiny minds who can’t fathom how a book about horror things can also be about other things, but nobody cares what they […]

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