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Book Expo Recap: Books in the wild, a squee, and a T

Happy June! I’m just about recovered from going to the Book Expo last week. I had a great time, sneaking out of the Javits Center to have a quick lunch with my rockstar client Bill Konigsberg. Bill gave me a present! Check it out…

CGIromNUQAAbvZ6It’s a PORCUPINE OF TRUTH t-shirt! I know, I know. You wish you were as lucky as me. In case you didn’t know, THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH came out last week and is already garnering starred reviews (School Library Journal and Booklist). Check out some of the places you might see Bill in the next few weeks and through the end of the year, where he will be reading and signing and you can get a copy of the book. Or, order one here.

CGLcgNiWYAAnn-LWhile at BEA I also got to hold an actual copy of Joe McGee‘s debut picture book, PEANUT BUTTER AND BRAINS: A ZOMBIE CULINARY TALE (Abrams, 2015) for the very first time! I loved seeing PB&B out in the wild! We’re eagerly looking forward to its publication on August 11th. You might even want to preorder it.

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Nicole Frail (editor), Natasha & me

I was lucky enough to be trudging around the Javits Center all day on Friday with my lovely client Natasha Sinel. Natasha’s book, THE FIX (Sky Pony, 2015) comes out September 1st and we were so excited to hold the first advance reader’s copies that I actually squeed. Literally made a “squee” noise. Loudly. Seriously. You can preorder THE FIX here.

I also nabbed a bunch of great ARCs, some of which I’ve already dipped into. Brian Selznick’s THE MARVELS doesn’t disappoint. What a talented man and a lovely story. I just started GEORGE by Alex Gino, and am liking it very well. And I’m packing A.S. King’s I CRAWL THROUGH IT and Ali Benjamin’s THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH, to take on my vacation next week!

For now, that’s all I’ve got for you good folks… Anybody else go to BEA?

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Guest Post: Writing a Novel with your Left Brain vs. Right Brain

left-right brain (Natasha)I’m a pretty solid left-brainer. I’m organized. Not to a compulsive degree, but close enough. I like things in the right places, dishes in the dishwasher, papers filed, pillows fluffed. My three kids’ diverse daily schedules are color-coded on my iPhone. I’m a slave to the clock.

So you’d think my left-brain would prevail even when it comes to the normally right-brain task of creative writing. You’d think I would break the seal on a fresh package of colored index cards, or open a blank document on my MacBook, and then begin outlining my novel in an orderly fashion – chapter-by-chapter, scene-by-scene. Wouldn’t you think that? Me too.

But no. When I begin a novel, my left-brain hightails it. It cowers in the shadows, horrified, as ideas come in no particular order, in scattered bits and pieces – a mood, a setting, a moment, a fragment of dialogue. After much kicking, screaming and self-loathing over this disorganized plot-less thing, a well-meaning critique partner might gently suggest that I focus on creating an outline or a story map. Then there’s more kicking, screaming and agony.

But, it eventually happens. My brain – left and right – pulls all the pieces together – the characters, the plot and subplots – and the novel goes where it needs to go. Not in the first draft, certainly, but eventually. This is the inefficient, frustrating, miraculous process that somehow works for me.

So my goal as I trudge through the current torture of this novel-in-progress, is to remind myself to trust my own process. I have to allow the right-brain ideas to swirl in an uncomfortably messy chaotic mush for a while. My left-brain can’t force the ideas into their proper places until the right-brain is ready to give over some control. Though painful, this process will get a novel written. Maybe it’ll even be my best one yet.

What about you? Do you fall in the right- or left-brain camp?

*According to the left-brain, right-brain dominance theory, the left side of the brain is considered to be adept at tasks that involve logic and analytical thinking, while the right side is best at expressive and creative tasks. Researchers have debunked the theory, but, for this post, let’s just believe.

Natasha SinelNatasha Sinel is a writer of young adult fiction, represented by Linda Epstein. She lives in Bedford Corners, NY with her husband and three male children. When she’s not writing, she can be found muttering expletives while wiping off toilet seats and bathroom floors. She’s pretty sure that if she were male, she’d figure out how to do the whole thing right.

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…

il_340x270.613823579_k1k3It’s officially summer! Summertime: when I listen to the Grateful Dead a wee bit more, eat lots of Italian ices, barbecue most dinners, go to the beach, try to sleep later because my kids aren’t in school (usually unsuccessfully), drive with the windows open, forego shoes whenever I can, wear straw hats, grow more freckles (no matter what I slather on my face), kayak, listen for the ice cream man’s song, and read, read, read. Well, I always read, read, read!

Summertime is also when I try to catch up on all of my queries and requested manuscripts and try to work on some of my own writing.

So….

I will be closed to submissions for July and August. And, I will be taking a break from blogging. But, some of my clients have agreed to guest post for me! Look for posts from J.M. DiVerdi, M-E Girard, W.E. Larson, Susan Lubner, Joe McGee, Natasha Sinel, and Katherine Sparrow. And watch for another contest run by my fabulous intern, Tara Slagle, where we’ll be giving away YA books.

So, enjoy your summer! I’ll talk to you all in the fall!

And don’t forget to post comments on my clients’ guest blog posts. We love a nice conversation over here at The Blabbermouth Blog.

xo

Lindaph1214

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