Category Archives: Writing

Launch Day!

So, this is it! After almost four years of writing, traveling, editing, and waiting, GOLDEN BOY will actually be offered for sale in bookstores starting today. It’s officially a book. I can’t tell you how excited I am! In just … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: NESCBWI ’13

This past weekend I attended the annual conference of the New England chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (NESCBWI). Now, when I was first learning about writing, I had no idea that SCBWI existed. I was … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Discussion Guide

I am very excited to announce that I can unveil the teacher’s guide for GOLDEN BOY! I’m really, really happy with how it turned out. The questions range from easy find-the-answer-in-the-text to really pretty deep (“How does a person’s upbringing … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Kirkus!

One of the very exciting things that has happened in the writing side of life since I stopped blogging is that reviews of my book have started coming in. The very first, Kirkus! I was thrilled to find out that … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Once More Over the Hump, Dear Friends!

It is a sad truth I’m learning about writing: stuck-ness happens. At every stage, debut work or not, there are long periods of “writing” where little or no writing happens. I’m bad at these. Though, ideologically, I agree completely with … Continue reading

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Monday Media: The Penguin Catalogue

So… guess what just came out? THE PENGUIN SUMMER CATALOGUE!! AND… guess what’s on page seventeen?? GOLDEN BOY IS!! Just one more step to really being a real book. … Also rather humbling. There are some BIG books coming out … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Blurbs!

Today’s blog is all about blurbs. Also known as endorsements, these are the little quotes from famous people that decorate the jackets of books. You know, you’ve seen them… “It scared me silly.” -Stephen King or “Nice but a little … Continue reading

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Monday Media: SWAG re-blog

Hello, everyone. Today is a bit of a mish-mash: a post on how to create that all-important multi-media experience of your book, SWAG! Only one catch… I didn’t write it! 🙂 So head on over to A. C. Gaughen’s blog … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Junior Library Guild

I have some very exciting news for this week’s Wednesday Writing: GOLDEN BOY has been chosen by the Junior Library Guild as one of it’s “Spring Selections” for 2013. For those of you who have never heard of the JLG … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Reblog: STACKED: Visual Inspiration

For this Wednesday Writing feature, I’d like to point you over to the STACKED blog, where I answer questions about the visuals that accompanied the writing of GOLDEN BOY: http://www.stackedbooks.org/2012/12/13-days-of-class-2k13-tara-sullivan.html Hope everyone’s holidays continue to be happy! Roll on 2013!

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Friday Feature: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Today’s Friday Feature is Lynda Mullaly Hunt, debut author of ONE FOR THE MURPHYS and founder of Book Train. Lynda, welcome to the blog! What’s it like being a debut author? Well, I have to admit that it’s pretty over-the-top … Continue reading

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Monday Media: NYT Besteller Lists

Thanks to the PW Children’s Bookshelf mailing (a fantastic mailing if you’re at all interested in books for children & teens or want to know more about the market & it’s related news!) for another fascinating article: Laura Hazard Owen … Continue reading

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Friday Feature: Arthur Kalala Katalayi

Today’s Friday Feature is Arthur Kalala Katalayi. Hi Arthur, and welcome to the blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself. First of all, thank you for inviting me ! Well, I am a Consultant within the financial industry. In … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Waiting

Short post tonight since I spent most of my blog-writing time drafting a comparable titles post for the class of 2k13 blog. It’s basically a “If you liked X, then you’ll like GOLDEN BOY comparison & it’ll be up tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Monday Media: CyberMonday vs Paper Books

On my way home from work on this cyber-Monday evening I heard an interesting segment on my local NPR station discussing the steps that brick-and mortar bookstores are taking to convince shoppers not only to come in (rather than shop … Continue reading

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