johnson-blalock-headshot

Publishing Insider #1 – Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Associates

Good Afternoon, Readers 馃榾 Today I鈥檓 starting聽a new series: Publishing Insider!! It was inspired by my realtalk post on getting your foot in the (publishing industry) door: Sharing a post I wrote, based on advice I just gave, to recent grads seeking that elusive "first job in publishing." https://t.co/vOZb7YYqRO — Patrice Caldwell (@whimsicallyours) June 1,… Read more »

labyrinth lost

Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida C贸rdova (+ a Giveaway!)

“Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.”–Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid… Read more »

pitch-wars-header

Pitch Wars Mentor Wish List 2016

Hey Readers 馃檪 Or should I say Pitch Wars Warriors *grins* If you鈥檙e here, it鈥檚 likely to view my wishlist (mwahahaha) but first, a little about me: I love Once Upon A Time, although as with all聽the shows I watch, I’m severely behind I participated in Pitch Wars in 2014. I was one of Marieke… Read more »

Disclosed book on table at library

To Recent Grads Seeking a Job in Publishing

Hey, recent grad 馃檪 How ya doin? Stressed? High off graduation endorphins? Missing the people who’ve been by your side for the past 4 years? Excited at what the world of adulthood offers? All of the above. Yes, likely that. Well, while I’m here (In bed. Sick. Not at what is my first post-grad, full-time… Read more »

dont give up

Writing the books I never got to read #DontGiveUp

A lot of times writers are asked why they write, or–as Daniel Jose Older put it聽at Kweli’s Children’s Writers of Color Conference yesterday–why they came into the game. I’ve said it before, but it rings truer now: I came into the game to write the books I never got to read. And if not to… Read more »

the darkest corners

THE DARKEST CORNERS by Kara Thomas (<333)

My Review Owl Rating: I want to preface this review with saying this is THE book I鈥檝e been looking forward to reading for the past year/since the author, Kara Thomas, hinted at it via a tweet (I believe the tweet compared it to Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, which I was reading (& loving) at the… Read more »

TNUHF_ExQsBx

RIP Alan Rickman #RaiseYourWands

As we all now know, Alan Rickman has passed away. To say a light is gone from this world is an understatement. And although I didn鈥檛 know him in the way his friends and family did. I like to think I knew him well enough. For those of us of the Harry Potter generation, Alan… Read more »

sunset-hands-love-woman

Sexuality, Gender, and Race: On YA’s Lack of Intersectionality for Queer Girls

I’ve written about diversity in children’s literature here and here. I’ve also talked about it a ton on social media. There are times when I feel I’ve expressed everything there is to express and then, there are times like this morning, when an incredible discussion on identity politics, sexuality, and gender breaks out on Twitter… Read more »

sankofa-bird2

Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi…

This piece was originally published on September 16, 2013. While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing popular posts and those that speak to me now. -P “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” or “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” For the longest time the Sankofa… Read more »

diversity_tinakugler

It’s More Than Representation: My Thoughts on the Lack of Diversity in Children’s Books

While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing my favorite popular posts.聽This piece was originally published on March 24, 2014. It sparked an amazing Twitter discussion, because the agent I mention below reached out to me. So much has advanced in one year in terms of diversity in children’s literature but the movement’s ongoing. For… Read more »

Latest
  • johnson-blalock-headshot

    Publishing Insider #1 – Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Associates

    Good Afternoon, Readers 馃榾 Today I鈥檓 starting聽a new series: Publishing Insider!! It was inspired by my realtalk post on getting your foot in the (publishing industry) door: Sharing a post I wrote, based on advice I just gave, to recent grads seeking that elusive "first job in publishing." https://t.co/vOZb7YYqRO — Patrice Caldwell (@whimsicallyours) June 1,… Read more »

  • labyrinth lost

    Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida C贸rdova (+ a Giveaway!)

    “Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.”–Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid… Read more »

  • pitch-wars-header

    Pitch Wars Mentor Wish List 2016

    Hey Readers 馃檪 Or should I say Pitch Wars Warriors *grins* If you鈥檙e here, it鈥檚 likely to view my wishlist (mwahahaha) but first, a little about me: I love Once Upon A Time, although as with all聽the shows I watch, I’m severely behind I participated in Pitch Wars in 2014. I was one of Marieke… Read more »

  • Disclosed book on table at library

    To Recent Grads Seeking a Job in Publishing

    Hey, recent grad 馃檪 How ya doin? Stressed? High off graduation endorphins? Missing the people who’ve been by your side for the past 4 years? Excited at what the world of adulthood offers? All of the above. Yes, likely that. Well, while I’m here (In bed. Sick. Not at what is my first post-grad, full-time… Read more »

  • dont give up

    Writing the books I never got to read #DontGiveUp

    A lot of times writers are asked why they write, or–as Daniel Jose Older put it聽at Kweli’s Children’s Writers of Color Conference yesterday–why they came into the game. I’ve said it before, but it rings truer now: I came into the game to write the books I never got to read. And if not to… Read more »

  • the darkest corners

    THE DARKEST CORNERS by Kara Thomas (<333)

    My Review Owl Rating: I want to preface this review with saying this is THE book I鈥檝e been looking forward to reading for the past year/since the author, Kara Thomas, hinted at it via a tweet (I believe the tweet compared it to Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, which I was reading (& loving) at the… Read more »

  • TNUHF_ExQsBx

    RIP Alan Rickman #RaiseYourWands

    As we all now know, Alan Rickman has passed away. To say a light is gone from this world is an understatement. And although I didn鈥檛 know him in the way his friends and family did. I like to think I knew him well enough. For those of us of the Harry Potter generation, Alan… Read more »

  • sunset-hands-love-woman

    Sexuality, Gender, and Race: On YA’s Lack of Intersectionality for Queer Girls

    I’ve written about diversity in children’s literature here and here. I’ve also talked about it a ton on social media. There are times when I feel I’ve expressed everything there is to express and then, there are times like this morning, when an incredible discussion on identity politics, sexuality, and gender breaks out on Twitter… Read more »

  • sankofa-bird2

    Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi…

    This piece was originally published on September 16, 2013. While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing popular posts and those that speak to me now. -P “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” or “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” For the longest time the Sankofa… Read more »

  • diversity_tinakugler

    It’s More Than Representation: My Thoughts on the Lack of Diversity in Children’s Books

    While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing my favorite popular posts.聽This piece was originally published on March 24, 2014. It sparked an amazing Twitter discussion, because the agent I mention below reached out to me. So much has advanced in one year in terms of diversity in children’s literature but the movement’s ongoing. For… Read more »