Children’s Books

The Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt is ON!

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Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt! My name is Amy Nichols and I’m your host this leg of the hunt.

AmyNichols_square_smA little about me:

– I’m the author of YA science fiction Duplexity novels, NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE and WHILE YOU WERE GONE, published by Knopf.
– When this post goes live, I’ll be in London!
– I have a ukulele named Gertie. She makes me happy.
– Benedict Cumberbatch likes my handbag.

Somewhere on this hunt, I’ve hidden a bonus scene from NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE from Warren’s POV and I can’t wait for you to read it! But before you go looking for it, you have to read on so you can check out the amazing author I’m hosting!

First, though, a little about the YA Scavenger Hunt:

On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and  enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, October 4!

You can start right here or you can also go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the hunt. I am a part of the TEAM TEAL–but there seven other teams out there and if you do those hunts, too, you’ll have a chance to win seven different sets of signed books! If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Check out all the amazing authors on Team Teal:

How to complete the hunt

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on Team Teal, and then add them up. (Don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by OCTOBER 4, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

And now…the fun part!
I am so excited to be hosting…

Ty Drago

About Ty:

Ty Drago does his writing just across the river from Philadelphia, where the Undertakers novels take place. In addition to The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses, The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead, The Undertakers: Secret of the Corpse Eater, and The Undertakers: Last Siege of Haven, he is the author of The Franklin Affair and Phobos, as well as short stories and articles that have appeared in numerous publications, including Writer’s Digest. He currently lives in southern New Jersey with his wife and best friend, the real Helene Drago née Boettcher. Find out more about Ty at Join the Undertakers.

The book Ty is showcasing on the Fall 2015 Hunt is…


About the book:

While away on an undercover mission, undertaker Will Ritter has made an unthinkable alliance . . . with a Corpse!

The zombie prince, Robert Dillin, is an alien invader who animates and possesses the bodies of the dead, but unlike the rest of his kind, Dillin isn’t evil. In fact, he wants to help. Ritter is willing to take all the help he can get because the Queen of the Dead has learned the location of Haven, the undertakers’ secret headquarters, and she is planning a massive and deadly assault. With the last day of the Corpse War finally upon them, Will and his friends find themselves in a desperate race to close the Rift between worlds and forever kill the Corpses. But can they do it before Haven is overrun?



[Sorry! Bonus content is removed at the end of the scavenger hunt. Go get your copy of Ty’s book so you can read the whole thing. Purchase links are below.]

Oooh, that was good! I could read that, like, 1,000,006 (that’s right, ONE MILLION AND SIX) more times! Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Let Ty know in the comments below.

Purchase your copy of THE UNDERTAKERS: LAST SIEGE OF HAVEN today:


Ready to continue the hunt?


FALLS THE SHADOW by Stefanie Gaither

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Today the Class of 2k14 celebrates another book birthday! If you want to read up on all of the books from the Class of 2k14, head on over to our official site. Lots of good stuff going on over there.

Congratulations to Stefanie Gaither on the debut of FALLS THE SHADOW!

About the book:

In a near-future world, a sixteen year old girl must decide what she believes and who to trust when her sister’s clone is accused of murder.

When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister died. Two hours after the funeral, they picked up Violet’s replacement, and it was like nothing had ever happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality— by cloning them at birth. Which means this new Violet has the same smile. The same laugh. That same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all the same memories as the girl she replaced.

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.

Or at least, that’s what the paparazzi and the crazy anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that, though. She’s used to defending her sister too—against mean girls, against paparazzi, and now, if necessary, against these dangerous rumors. But then Violet vanishes, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Because Cate is getting dangerously close to staggering secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true.

FALLS THE SHADOW is published by Simon and Schuster.

About Stefanie:

After owning and co-managing a coffee shop for several years while simultaneously earning her B.A. in English, Stefanie Gaither left the small business world behind to focus on her author career instead. Now, in addition to penning YA novels, she also works part-time as a copywriter for an advertising agency. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and an incredibly spoiled Shih Tzu.

Visit her online at


Where to buy the book:

Barnes & Noble

SCBWI NY: Shaping a Career in Children’s Books

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On the last day of the SCBWI Winter 2010 Conference, Sheldon Fogelman gave an informative talk about how to shape your career writing children’s books. He offered sound advice while sharing stories from his years of experience working as an agent.

He stressed two major points:

  1. Remember that publishing a business
  2. Don’t be afraid to get out of your box

With these two key points in mind, he offered the following advice to writers, both published and unpublished:

  • Never stop writing; you don’t know when the book you write will be THE book
  • Don’t be easily discouraged
  • Keep learning how to write so your work is publishable
  • Make sure you’re asking the right questions along the way
  • Beware of saying yes to everything; quality counts, so only work on those projects that will benefit your career
  • Avoid unreasonable financial pressure; you can’t work effectively if you’re burdened by debt
  • Keep your finger on the pulse of the market
  • If you’re trying to get into the market, keep writing until your books are good enough to get an agent
  • If you’re already in the market, look for ways to expand your presence
  • Have a plan so you know where you’re going in the industry; don’t wander
  • Bring all of your ideas to your agent and create a plan together
  • Read as much as you can within your genre
  • Be open to editorial advice; other people have good ideas
  • Only self promote as long as it doesn’t take time away from your work
  • Ask to work with the publisher’s promotion department when your book is coming out
  • Maintain an “I’ll help you if you help me” attitude
  • Always strive to make your work better and better; utilize critique groups
  • Have an idea of what effects your books will have and where they will sell
  • Don’t be afraid to step out of your box