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NH Literary Awards List of Nominees: YA!

It’s time again for the biennial New Hampshire Literary Awards! Because the awards are every two years, books eligible for this cycle were published between June 1, 2013 and March 31, 2016. To qualify, books had to be written by New Hampshire natives and/or residents or have New Hampshire featured in their content. There are two aspects of the New… Read more →

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Paperback Release of Even In Paradise

I met Chelsey Philpot a couple years ago and got to know her at some signings that we did together. We both had books that came out about the same time, mine an adult mystery/thriller and Chelsey’s a YA novel. Now her wonderful novel, Even in Paradise, is out in paperback and we’re thrilled to share the news here. Chelsey… Read more →

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An Evening with a Legend: Judy Blume

Joyce, Tammi J. Truax and I were lucky to get tickets to see prolific author Judy Blume recently when she was interviewed by New Hampshire Public Radio‘s Virginia Prescott for the ongoing series, “Writers On A New England Stage.” Tammi was kind enough to share her thoughts on the evening: Judy Blume is one of my heroes; seeing her in… Read more →

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From Book Buyer to Book Creator

Denise Ortakales (pronounced or-ta-KEL-lis, like Ellis Island) started buying children’s books long before she had her first baby—great research for a future children’s book author/illustrator. When she was pregnant with her second son, she discovered a book that had significant impact on her life and career. Paper Sculpture: A Step-By-Step Guide by Kathleen Ziegler and Nick Greco set her on… Read more →

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New Book! The Mystery Of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

When I first met Rebecca Podos it was in her capacity as a literary agent for the Rees Literary Agency. I was the organizer of a writers conference in 2014 and contacted Rebecca to conduct pitch sessions and do manuscript critiques for our attendees. She made a favorable impression on me — her bubbly personality and approachability put our writers… Read more →

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How To Build A Writing Community

Everyone has heard that writing is a lonely pursuit. And there are times when this is very true. But I have also found I can build my own universe full of other of writers and illustrators, creative and encouraging critique partners, masters of revision, and more importantly, establish deep friendships that nurture me and help me thrive. This allows me… Read more →

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Next Author-To-Author Talk on June 8

Author/Illustrator Denise Ortakales will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Author-To-Author Talk in the Levenson Community Room at the Portsmouth Public Library (175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth NH 03801) on Wednesday, June 8th at 10 a.m. Denise will speak for the first hour and then take questions from the audience. The talk is free and open to anyone interested in… Read more →

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Honing My Craft

Over the years I’ve taken many classes on writing and even though I’ve been published before, I feel like there’s always an opportunity to learn more. Maybe a different perspective or technique will be revealed that will enhance my current work-in-progress (and there’s always one or two of those!) Yesterday I took my first Writers’ Digest online class, How to… Read more →

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Marketing Wisdom – Befriend The Gatekeepers

      “Befriend the Gatekeepers.” –Paul Durham   The audience was a mix: ardent fans of the Luck Uglies trilogy and children’s book authors and illustrators. All had the same goal of hearing Paul Durham speak, asking him questions, and having the chance to buy a signed copy of one (or all) of his Luck Uglies books. Paul was the featured… Read more →

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Blast Off For Authors – How To Get Your Book Featured

Marketing isn’t easy. So Kid Lit Universe wants to give you a lift and help you launch your new book into the KidLitosphere by posting book announcements regularly on our Blast Off page. We do ask that you donate a signed copy of your book for a giveaway and that you mail the book to the winner. If you’ve had… Read more →

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