Thought for the Day:
“Anyone who says he wants to be a writer and isn’t writing, doesn’t.”
~ Ernest Hemingway ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
I haven’t seen anything on this topic before — writer envy. I know I suffer from this sometimes. Anyway, check the article out HERE from The Writer Magazine.
We hear over and over how very important the first page or even the first paragraph is in selling a book. HERE John Fox tells you lots of ways to make it happen in the first paragraph.
The Manuscript Shredder has a printable revision list HERE. You’re welcome.
Last week I offered a gently-read copy of Around the World in 50 Ways to one of you. This week’s winner is Danielle Hammelef who always shares my link for extra chances. I really appreciate that sharing, and the extra chances seem to work. Congratulations, Danielle. I will get your book out soon. I do have another giveaway, so everyone keep reading!
When I heard that Shannon Hitchcock had a new book coming out, I knew I wanted to read it. I loved her earlier books — The Ballad of Jessie Pearl and Ruby Lee & Me — so I asked the folks at Seattle Book Review to get a copy for me. The book came out in February, but they still haven’t published my review. I’m sure it will be up soon, but I can’t wait any more to tell you about this marvelous book. The new book is One True Way, and here is the review I wrote for them.
After Allie’s brother died in a car accident, her parents’ marriage imploded, and now Allie is in a new town with only her mom. It is never easy to be the new kid at middle school, so when Allie meets Sam the first day, she realizes she’s lucky being befriended by someone who knows everyone and seems universally liked. Knowing Sam makes everything easier, and soon Allie realizes she more than likes this girl. Allie, the newest reporter on the school paper, has a chance to meet many people at school and comes to know that others in this small town are also gay, and not everyone accepts that way of life.
Author Shannon Hitchcock takes on a very difficult subject, one that is seldom approached in middle-grade fiction but is so important. Setting the story in a small southern town in the 1970s allows Hitchcock to deftly shine a light on the growth and influence of mega-churches juxtaposed with difficulties faced by members of the LGBTQ community. This is a great lesson about the importance of inclusion and equality for all. The writing is spectacular and the voice pitch-perfect. This book deserves readership beyond middle-graders.
I have a gently-read ARC for one of you. All you need do is be a follower or subscriber (it’s free!), have a U.S. address, and leave a comment below. If you would like extra chances, please share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet and let me know you have done that. If you are reading this in your email, please click HERE to get to my blog, then click on the title of the post, and leave a comment. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.