Publishing

Writer in Residence – Glendale Library

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Bfile000980869751eginning March 1 and running through May, I will be the Writer in Residence for the Glendale Library. This means I’ll be doing a portion of my writing work at the library (main branch), be available to anyone with questions about writing, and be giving workshops on writing and publishing.

How cool is that?

Other authors, including Bill Konigsberg, Tom Leveen, Janni Lee Simner, Betty Webb, and Susan Pohlman, will also be writers in residence at other libraries around the state of Arizona. Be sure to check their websites and social media for info.

The Glendale Main Library is located at 5959 W. Brown St., Glendale, AZ 85302.

Check the library calendar for hours and event listings. I’ll also be posting workshop info on the events page at my website, www.amyknichols.com.

Have questions about writing? Want to chat about writing and publishing? Come see me at the library!

 

 

Mark a course for 2015. Engage.

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So…here we are.

2015.

Every year I choose a word that sums up my intention for the year. Last year, with my first book being published, I chose the word “launch”.

This year, with one book out in the world and another on the way*, my word is…

Engage.

en·gage (verb) \in-‘gaj, en-\

: to get and keep (someone’s attention, interest, etc.)

: to bring together and interlock <the gears engaged>

JLPOf course ‘engage’ makes me think of Jean-Luc Picard. Which makes me want to drink tea, Earl Grey, hot. And shave my head. No, wait. Not shave my head. But tea, yes. Always tea.

Anyway, my goal this year is to engage readers, both online and in person. Now That You’re Here has received really great reviews, and I’ve been getting emails from readers who have enjoyed it (which, seriously, is an author’s dream come true). Now it’s a matter of spreading the word that there’s a fun new science-y book out there that tweens and teens will enjoy. To do this, I need to engage with my audience. I began by redesigning my website, making it more me, and I’ve been setting up events where I can chat with readers.

First up is YAllapalooza at Changing Hands Tempe on January 24 at 4pm. It’s going to be so much fun! Hope to see you there.

In March, I’ll be down in Tucson for the Tucson Festival of Books, doing panels, signing and workshops. More on that soon.

Online, I’ll be blogging here (duh), as well as at the Parking Lot Confessional and YA Outside the Lines. The PLC is also continuing our geeky writing podcast, Curb Chat, which is so much fun, I can’t even tell you. Definitely check it out.

My other goal this year (and always) is to engage my creativity. My brain is brimming with ideas and my heart is full of hope of seeing more stories published. It’s time to put the pedal to the metal and get the gears turning. Or rather, the fingers typing.

So, without further ado, here’s to a great 2015!

Engage.

Make it so.

*While You Were Gone, the second book in the Duplexity series, will be published by Knopf on August 4! More news to come!

 

I finally made it to the Tucson Festival of Books! And it was awesome.

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For years I’ve heard my friends rave about the Tucson Festival of Books, but always had something else booked (ha) for the weekend.

Until this year. I finally made it. And all I can say is, wow.

Much like San Diego Comic-con, my friends had warned me how big an event it was; but until I got there and saw it with my own eyes, I really had no idea.

It was huge.

And they brought in a whole bunch of incredible authors to talk about books, writing, publishing, promoting…all kinds of good stuff.

While there I met a ton of awesome authors. Chuck Wendig. Anne Perry. Cornelia Funke. Lois Lowry. Nicole McInnes. Page Morgan. Matt de la Peña. Suzanne Young. Sam Sykes. Kevin Hearne. Kristen Lamb.

I also got to meet fellow Class of 2k14 member Christine Kohler. How cool is that?!

Don’t even ask how much money I spent on books.

One of my favorite moments was getting to hear  Rebecca Eaton talk about producing Masterpiece. Let me start by saying: Rebecca Eaton is a class act. So knowledgeable, well-spoken and gracious. The audience was full of Downtown Abbey fans. When she mentioned Sherlock, I was the only one who clapped. Okay, it was actually more of a squeal. *cringe* I couldn’t help it–it’s like a reflex. The audience laughed when I squealed, and then laughed again when Rebecca pointed at me and said, “Oh! A Cumberbunny!” She then told everyone what Benedict Cumberbatch fans call themselves (if you don’t know, google it) which, of course, led to more laughter.

Still, I think I did the Cumber Collective proud when, during the Q&A portion, I thanked her for bringing Sherlock to the US and for shortening the time between the UK and US airing dates. I then asked her if she could talk about how that timing works and if she had any information about Sherlock season 4.

She said there’s a lot of thought and planning behind when the seasons air. If they go with a September air date in the US, they get trounced by the network shows starting up at the same time. This is why there’s been that long delay in the past: they were trying to find the right spot for Sherlock (and Downton) to get good attention here in the states. She said she thinks they’ve found the sweet spot with the January airings, with Sherlock following Downton. She agreed it is frustrating and that she’s aware of the piracy problems, adding that piracy always gives lousy quality. Finally, she said she’d love to tell me when series 4 would start but that she doesn’t know yet. It will depend on Benedict’s schedule, as well as Steven Moffat’s.

At the end I shook her hand and thanked her. It was one of the best sessions I went to during the festival. Her book, Making Masterpiece, looks really interesting.

Here are some pics from the festival. If you ever have the chance to attend, go! It is an incredible event. Best of all, it’s free.

Writing in Multiple Points of View

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Christine Kohler

I was recently interviewed by YA author Christine Kohler for a post  on her blog, “Read like a Writer” on the subject of writing in multiple points of view.

Christine and I both have debut novels coming out next year, each written in multiple POVs. Christine’s novel, NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, will be published by Merit Press/Adams Media (F+W Media) Sept.-Oct. 2014.

Here’s a link to the interview: Multiple Point of Views.

In the post, Christine examines several novels, from middle grade to adult (including my novel), that are told from multiple character perspectives. She discusses the hows and whys of choosing and writing multiple POVs. The post is packed with information, and is a must-read  for anyone writing or thinking of writing a multiple POV novel. Check it out.

Thank you, Christine, for asking me to participate!

 

I’m So Glad the World Didn’t End

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I don't know who made this, but thanks for the laugh!
I don’t know who made this, but thanks for the laugh!

It’s 3:3o in the afternoon on December 21, 2012, the day the world was supposed to end. The sun is shining, my dogs are sleeping nearby and I just ate a piece of dark chocolate. All is well.

Not just well, but good.

Really good. Here’s why:

Yesterday came the official announcement that my agent sold my YA thriller, ANOTHER HERE, ANOTHER NOW, to Knopf in a two-book deal!

Book one will be released in the fall of 2014, with book two following close behind.

Can I just say: it would have totally sucked to celebrate such an announcement and then have flaming comets fall from the sky.

So, it’s been quite a journey getting to this point – and I’m sure the journey is really just starting – but there are a number of people I need to thank.

First of all, thanks to my husband who listened to me whine for years on end that I wanted to be a writer, and who would always respond with, “Well, then write something.” He has always encouraged me, always supported me, always given me time to write and always kicked me in the pants when I got mopey. Thanks also to my kids who listened to their dad when he said, “Leave mom alone. She’s writing.”

Second, thanks to the friends who supported and encouraged me along the way, some of whom even suffered through my early drafts (ugh!). Among them: Stephen and Amy M., my writing/support group; Jim Sallis, my mentor and friend; Dana, Karen, Nannette, Heather, Amy S., Sara, Kim, James, Doc, the Ghuls, the SCBWI lobby gang (and Jeff for those last-minute fruit chews)… The list could go on and on. I am blessed to have so many awesome people in my life.

And finally, to the best agent EVER, Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary, and to Katherine Harrison, my editor at Knopf, who I am so excited to be working with! Thank you for believing in my story and having faith in my abilities. I can’t wait to see where we take these books!

This is all starting to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech or something equally as awkward, so I’m going to get my feet back on the ground, have another piece of chocolate and enjoy this beautiful day. I hope you all enjoy it, too. Because it’s good. Really good.