2015 MG & YA Debuts To Watch For

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Please let me know via twitter or in the comments if a title or release date has changed or if *gasp* I’ve made a spelling error. Also FOR SURE let me know if you know of any other MG or YA debuts that I can add to this list!

WINTERish RELEASES

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JANUARY

13: Maggie Hall, THE CONSPIRACY OF US

13: Gail Nall, BREAKING THE ICE

20: Susan Adrian, TUNNEL VISION

27: Michelle Falkoff, PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD

27: Dan Gemeinhart, THE HONEST TRUTH

27: Holly Smale, GEEK GIRL

FEBRUARY

3: Courtney Alameda, SHUTTER

3: Lee Kelly, CITY OF SAVAGES

3: Laurie McKay, VILLAIN KEEPER

3: A.L. Sonnichsen, RED BUTTERFLY

5: Eve Ainsworth, SEVEN DAYS

5: Maya Rock, SCRIPTED

5: Abbie Rushton, UNSPEAKABLE

10: Lisa Aldin, ONE OF THE GUYS

10: Victoria Aveyard, RED QUEEN

10: MarcyKate Connolly, MONSTROUS

10: Cindy L. Rodriguez, WHEN REASON BREAKS

10: Jasmine Warga, MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES

17: Kathryn Holmes, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND

24: Alison DeCamp, MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (98% TRUE!)

24: Catherine Doyle, VENDETTA

24: Melinda Salisbury, THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER

26: Abi Elphinstone, THE DREAMSNATCHER 

MARCH

3: David Arnold, MOSQUITOLAND

3: Bibi Belford, CANNED AND CRUSHED

3: Lisa Freeman, HONEY GIRL

3: Mary McCoy, DEAD TO ME

3: Becky Wallace, THE STORYSPINNER

10: Francesca Haig, THE FIRE SERMON

10: Kristy Shen & Bryce Leung, LITTLE MISS EVIL

17: Sheila Grau, DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS

17: Stacey Lee, UNDER A PAINTED SKY

17: Darci Manley & Shani Petroff, ASH

17: Moriah McStay, EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU

17: N. K. Traver, DUPLICITY

17: Jenn Marie Thorne, THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT

18: Melody Maysonet, A WORK OF ART

24: Aisha Saeed: WRITTEN IN THE STARS

24: Erin Estrada Kelly, BLACKBIRD FLY

24: Rhiannon Thomas, A WICKED THING

24: Tommy Wallach, WE ALL LOOKED UP

SPRINGish RELEASES

GIF spring library

APRIL

2: Tatum Flynn, THE D’EVIL DIARIES

7: Becky Albertalli, SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

7: I. W. Gregorio, NONE OF THE ABOVE

7: Marie Jaskulka: THE LOST MARBLE NOTEBOOK OF FORGOTTEN GIRL & RANDOM BOY

8: Fonda Lee, ZEROBOXER

8: Stefanie Lyons, DATING DOWN

14: K. E. Ormsbee, THE WATER AND THE WILD

14: Lance Rubin, DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE

14: Michelle Smith, PLAY ON

18: Rachel Shane, ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH

21: Lori Goldstein, BECOMING JINN

21: Amy McNulty, NOBODY’S GODDESS

28. Jen Brooks, IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT

28: Melissa Grey, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT

28: Megan Morrison, GROUNDED: THE ADVENTURES OF RAPUNZEL

28. Sabaa Tahir, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES

MAY

5: Sarah Benwell, THE LAST LEAVES FALLING

5: Wendy Brotherlin, FREAKS OF NATURE

5: Elaine Dimopoulos, MATERIAL GIRLS

5: Jenny Martin, TRACKED

5: Miriam Spitzer Franklin, EXTRAORDINARY

5: Krista Van Dolzer, THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING

7: Meredith Moore, I AM HER REVENGE

12: Holly Bodger, 5 TO 1

12: Angelica R. Jackson, CROW’S REST

12: Kelly Jones, UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER

12: Maggie Lehrman, THE COST OF ALL THINGS

15: Valynn E. Maetani, INK AND ASHES

19: Francesca Zappia, MADE YOU UP

26: Sonia Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton TINY PRETTY THINGS

JUNE 2: Cassie Beasley, CIRCUS MIRANDUS

2: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, BOOK SCAVENGER

2: Virginia Boecker, THE WITCH HUNTER

2: Melissa E. Hurst, THE EDGE OF FOREVER

2: Cordelia Jensen, SKYSCRAPING

8: Lynn Lindquist, SECRET OF THE SEVENS

9: Gina Ciocca, LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE

9: David Fulk, RAISING RUFUS

9: Stephanie Oakes, THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY

9: Katie M. Stout, HELLO, I LOVE YOU

9: Jen White, SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE

16: Lauren Gibaldi, THE NIGHT WE SAID YES

16: Adam Silvera, MORE HAPPY THAN NOT

16: Christine Hayes, MOTHMAN’S CURSE

16: Sharon Huss Roat, BETWEEN THE NOTES

SUMMER RELEASES

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JULY

7: Kris Dinnison, YOU AND ME AND HIM

15: Randy Ribay, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES

20: Valeria Tejeda, HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER

21: Amanda Panitch, DAMAGE DONE

AUGUST

4: Anne Boles Levy, THE TEMPLE OF DOUBT

4: Michelle Levy, NOT AFTER EVERYTHING

4: Shannon Grogan, FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU

4: Kaitlin Ward, BLEEDING EARTH

6: Dawn Kurtagich, THE DEADHOUSE

18: Alexandra Sirowy, THE CREEPING

FALL RELEASES

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SEPTEMBER

1: Carol Riggs, THE BODY INSTITUTE

1: Natasha Sinel, THE FIX

1: Ronald L. Smith, HOODOO

1: Jackie Lea Sommers, TRUEST

1: Nicola Yoon, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

2: Mandy Mikulencak, FACING FIRE

3: Lauren James, THE NEXT TOGETHER

8: Marci Curtis, THE ONE THING

15: Anne-Marie McLemore, THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS

15: Heather Petty, LOCK & MORI

19: Kelly Loy Gilbert, CONVICTION

22: Mikaela Everett, THE UNQUIET

22: Mike Grosso, I AM DRUMS

22: Mackenzi Lee, THIS MONSTROUS THING

29: Laurel Gale, DEAD BOY

29: Amy Lukavics, DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS

TBA: Isabel Bandeira, BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER

OCTOBER

6: Ann Jacobus, ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

6: Sarah J. Schmitt, IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH

7: Marcy Beller Paul, UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING

NOVEMBER

10: Charlotte Huang, FOR THE RECORD

24: Kate McGovern, RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES

DECEMBER (so winter!)

8: Ryan Dalton, THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING

9: Sarah McGuire, VALIANT

16: Claire Kennedy, AFTER HOURS

MOVES FROM 2015 to 2016:

Jan 2016: Patrick Samphire, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB

Feb 2016: Ami Allen-Vath, PROM BITCH

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When One Of Your Most Wildest Dreams Is Coming True

Oh, hi guys! I have a super fun incredibly exciting post for you today.

Yo doooo? (on writing advice from non writers)

Yes, I do. And it’s awesome. I will try to make it quick. No, no I won’t.

When I was 12, my BFF Donna and I would trade books back and forth like they were the most delicious drug of your life. We were two book-loving kindred spirits and it was lovely.

Anne of Gr Gables BFF

Anne of Green Gables, The BabySitter’s Club, Sweet Valley everything, Catcher In The Rye, Wuthering Heights. Basically, we were two badass kids living in an awful religious commune cult at the time and any decent book we could get our hands on was like…high inducing. I am not ashamed, WE WERE FREAKING CRAZY ABOUT THE BOOKS. (And also NKOTB bc duh!)

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So. I read Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes. I loved it. I was inspired. I went from creating mini magazine parodies and drawing cartoons to giving my first actual novel a go. I wanted to write a book with all the feels too. Maybe I wasn’t your average twelve year old: My book was about a girl who watches her depressed friend shoot herself. Donna was my first reader. She was probably freaked out.

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Lucky for her, it got tricky to write first person, present tense point-of-view and I gave up. I went back to making little magazines and improv-ing sketches on tape.

That was a long time ago. Since then, I’ve written hundreds of poems and songs, an unfinished screenplay, a short story. (You know, all the things that’ll never see the light of day). In 2008, I started a memoir-based novel. But I was also working a job that got kind of…

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Then long story short I quit that job & decided to get all up in my book writing. I pulled out my one writing book, notebook, files, checked out and bought more writing books, cruised the internet, and learned a lot. I also ditched the memoir-based novel because my writing partner in crime (one of my high school BFFs) Laura said, “Let’s start something new and fun and just write!” So I opened up a new file, and was inspired by high-school, first love, good times, bad times, and of course some 90210 drama.

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Wait. Not old school 90210, new 90210 with Matt Lanter.

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I titled the new document PROM BITCH and just started writing. I kept writing and sharing chapters with Laura and also sent them to my non-writerly but gracious, awesome & supportive BFF Jen. These two were so awesome during this time because that first draft was a hundred drafts ago, you guys and was shit so, so rough but Jen & Laura were always like YAY! GO! THIS IS LIKE A REAL STORY! I LOVE IT!

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And I queried and got an agent! Victoria Lowes believed in my book too. And then the revisions. I revised once more, then with Victoria, I revised two more times. And then I entered what most writers call “SUB HELL.” This is the time where it’s like querying, but instead of getting an agent to love your book enough to want to sell it, your agent pitches it to editors. Yes, it was hell, I suppose. But for me, it was also really, really exciting. Victoria really guided me with those revisions and I think we got a great book out there so the rejections were actually pretty easy to take. Also, it’s easy for me to say this now. I won’t even lie. Sometimes the process did feel like reliving my twenties. You know:

self-loathing

keep getting knocked down

No leg shaving

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and the Wait! What? Whyyyyyy?

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& treats to ease the pain:

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Ok Fine. Super Long Story. Wrapping it up. It wasn’t too long before Victoria emailed me with: CALL ME AS SOON AS YOU GET A CHANCE! : ) Right away I knew it was an offer. (because what kind of evil agent would email you something like that if it wasn’t right?!) So I started sweating. I was in Barnes & Noble. I bought my daughter a giant cookie and a toy, put her in her carseat and called Victoria from the parking lot.

stomach hurts, pits are sweating KW

I was right. Victoria said we had an offer! I was very:

huh what KW face (phone text)

So Victoria explained it. Someone wanted my book! An editor wanted it and then my book made it through the acquisitions process–YAY! So, after some OMG hurry up you guys! fun paperworky contract agent/publisher stuff and me having the worst time holding onto this secret…

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I’m super thrilled and excited to announce that I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!

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Kristin Kulsavage of SkyHorse Publishing/Sky Pony Press has bought PROM BITCH for release in Fall of 2015! Here’s the deal announcement in Publisher’s Marketplace:

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In case you can’t read it, it says: “Debut author Ami Allen-Vath’s PROM BITCH, about a high school senior navigating prom season amidst panic attacks, a new boyfriend, & a suicide letter from the class outcast, to Kristin Kulsavage at Sky Pony Press, in a nice deal, for publication Fall 2015, by Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency.”

You guys! YOU GUYS. My book will be something we can buy and hold and kiss and oh crap…READ, I guess! In Fall of 2015!?!? *kind of faints*

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So huge thanks to everyone who has been with me so far. I am not going to name all the names yet bc how boring would the book’s acknowledgements be if you’d already read them here. But HUGE thank you to the guy who was like “Whoa you’re writing a book? We better go get you a real laptop.” and “You’re gonna ignore me on our anniversary vacation in Puerto Rico to finish writing a book called Prom Bitch? Sure!”

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Yes, that’d be Justin, my amazing husband! (Who totally used to be a cop and totally thinks all my moves rock). Thanks Justin and thank YOU, supportive Family & Friends and Future Readers of my book!

xoxoAMI

Dear YA Author: Teen Advice Column Series

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Dear YA Author is a Teen Advice Column I’ll begin hosting this summer. It’ll start next Thursday, June 19th and run monthly through the end of the summer. (Possibly longer or in more editions depending on interest). It’ll feature questions from teens and advice/recommendations/answers by published YA authors. Teens: See info below for info on submitting your questions. Published (or soon-to-be) YA Authors: check below to sign up for a post.

In the name of research, Young Adult Authors like to know what’s going on with teenagers today. We watch teen movies, read YA books & magazines, and sometimes even “overhear” teen convos out in public. We also have a strong link to our own pasts. We remember the intense friendships, dreams, crushes, loves, heartbreak, the strong or broken family ties, the pressure to fit in, the pressure to be different, the exhilaration in being with people you could be yourself with, the discomfort in being with those when you couldn’t.

The teen years. The best of times, the worst of times, and everything in between. If you’re a teen looking for a new perspective on a new or old issue or question, maybe a YA author can help!

OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: YA Authors are not doctors doling out professional advice–although some might be, because writers sometimes have other jobs too. But even so, any advice in the Dear YA Author column is not to be replaced by or mistaken for professional advice! But still, what a useful and FUN perspective to have when you might be feeling a little lost or unsure.

If you’re a teen who’d like some advice from a published or soon-to be published YA author, please send your questions on anything…for example: life, family, friends, school, love, goals, prom attire, book recommendations, writing, whatever and etc. to dearYAauthor@gmail.com or you can use the handy contact form below. Feel free to use your real and or a fake name. Note: All ‘real’ names will be changed for the posts. 

Also, if you’re a YA author who is published or has a book coming out, please get in touch with me via the contact form below or the dearYAauthor gmail account. If you have any issues contacting me use my contact page on this blog.

SUCKER LITERARY VOLUME 3 Cover Reveal, Y’all!

Sucker Literary Volume 3 will be out April 15, 2014 and now has an awesome suckerlicious cover and it’s very own book trailer!

Check out the blurb on the eleven stories in Volume 3 and then scroll down for the long anticipated cover and of course the book trailer too.

Bullied and alone, Ainsley seeks refuge in the arms of a strange boy. Time is slipping away for overachieving Sadie Lin, but reigniting an old flame might help. Scarred by a pressuring ex, Alexandra finally faces the rain. “Pasty and chubby” Charlotte makes a public play for the “Tan and Smooth” king. The beautiful girl in the black, lacy push-up bra says that it’s time for Brenn to stop lying . . . at least to herself. A halfway house is no home for Dawn—or is it? How will Dana survive knowing everyone at school thinks she’s a monster, when they just may be right? JJ and her crush finally get a moment alone—at his girlfriend’s hottest party of the year. Sixteen-year old Sarah prepares for her first day of school by chaining up her Mamí in her bedroom. Alyssa’s life is a well-rehearsed ballet until a tragedy sends her hurtling towards a fall. Loving a boy is as simple as chemistry . . . unless that boy is an unstable element.

Eleven stories that delve into the depths of our experience—driven by fierce and untouched love that makes us seek, lose, fear, desire, long, reflect, survive, steal, protect, fall, and confess.

And now, scroll down for the cover…

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Look! Here it is:

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If you haven’t seen it, you ABSOLUTELY MUST check out the awesome Book Trailer. Yes click that now–go watch it!

And now that you can’t wait to read SUCKER LITERARY VOLUME 3, mark your calendar for April 15 & Add it on Goodreads! 

More about Sucker Literary & Volume 3:

Sucker Literary is a platform for established and emerging, hugely intelligent writers who have the grit and talent to create compelling, authentic young adult literature that both adults and teens can enjoy. We are a literary enterprise dedicated to showcasing and promoting undiscovered and established writers who write for young adults (this is not to be mistaken for young adult writers). We are not affiliated with any writer’s organization or program and welcome writers at any stage of their writing career/ journey.Founding Editor: Hannah R. Goodman

Contributors:

The H8TE Lilliam Rivera

Valentine’s Day Claudia Classon 

Halfway From Shelli Cornelison

Her Tree Boy Blaze Lina Branter

How To Fall Kacey Vanderkarr 

If it Rains Kristina Wojtaszek

Black Lacy  Kimberly Kreines

Superpower Mary Malhotra 

The Chemistry of You and Me Evelyn Ehrlich

Just a Matter of Time Charity Tahmaseb

A Different Kind of Cute Hannah R. Goodman

Check Sucker out online: www.suckerliterary.com Twitter: @suckerlitmag