The Accidental Teen Book, Vol. 5: Zombie/Steampunk Awesomeness Edition

Well, hello there!’  I know it’s been a long time since my last ATB post (and I know I promised an anti-Twilight edition; it’s still in the works…).’  But I’m back, and this one’s more fun than a barrel of… well, you know.

Now, I don’t claim to know a lot, but there are a few things I do know:

  1. Zombies are cool
  2. Airships are cool
  3. Steampunk is cooler than cool
  4. Seattle is cool (or so I’ve heard…never been there, actually)

So imagine how beyond cool beans with extra hot sauce a book would be if it threw all of these things together, and even had a cool teen protagonist (with an even cooler mom!)!

Enter Cherie Priest, and our latest ATB: The zombie and steampunk-filled tour-de-force, Boneshaker.

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Dollars and Sense #2: Connecting with Authors on the Cheap

With budgets being frozen and cut, it can be hard to find the money to host a traditional author visit. Here are six tips to connect with authors – virtually and in person – for little to no money.

1. Piggyback: When you book an author, you don’t just have speaker fees. You also need to pay for travel, lodging, and other expenses. One way to cut costs is to piggy back on book tours. When Jeff Kinney came to our local Border’s, one of our elementary librarians contacted his publisher who put her in touch with his agent. She was able’  to schedule a school visit between his other engagements. While this visit was not exactly cheap, it was cheaper than it might have been.

2. Buy Local: Another way to avoid travel fees is to book a local author. YALSA has a wiki which lists YA authors by state. Local authors may be more willing to work with your budget constraints since it is a way for them to support their community.

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Chat with Author Neal Shusterman in SL today

Awesome author of young adult literature Neal Shusterman will be in Second Life today at 7 pm ET/4 pm to talk about writing and his books.’  The presentation will be telecast into Teen Second Life so that those under 18 can talk to him, too.’  If you’ve never visited Second Life before, this is a great opportunity to try it while attending an actual event.’  I remember my first encounters in Second Life were very frustrating mostly because I wanted to see it in action.’  I knew that people were doing awesome things in it, but every time I went, I didn’t feel that sense of community others were talking about.’  Then I attended my first author visit, and it was completely different.’  It takes a little time to set up your avatar and go through orientation.

The event in Second Life is being held at the USDLC Star Island.’  In Teen Second Life, the event is at Sparta Island, which will be open 30 minutes before the event starts.’  You can also use a slurl to find it at the Literacy 2 Learn page.’  For the slurl and more info about the event, click here.

YA Literature Online

cynthia Children’s and Young Adult Author, Cynthia Leitich Smith will stop by Teen Second Life on Tuesday, February 24 at 1pm PST to discuss her newly released book, Eternal. Leitich describes Eternal as a gothic fantasy. She has decided to get involved in Second Life since it’s a ‘very contemporary and very ‘now’ space’ as are her books. Check out her YALSA podcast here. Continue reading

Job Well Done

A great deal of thanks and praise needs to go to YALSA and to the folks who ran the YA Lit Symposium. I have never seen so much food in my life. There was always something to munch on as we went from session to session. There were tons of free materials including books. And then there were the sessions.

My colleague and friend Rosemary Chance and I presented a session on censorship this morning that was packed to the rafters. Julie Anne Peters, Barry Lyga, and Coe Booth wowed those assembled with funny, touching, and sometimes frightening stories about books not being made available to those who need them the most. Continue reading

Interact with author Cynthia Leitich Smith

Author Cynthia Leitich Smith will be on the main stage of ALA’s island in Second Life on the adult grid at 5pm PST tomorrow evening. She will talk about Tantalize and other upcoming latest releases. You can create a free account at www.secondlife.com to participate. The discussion will also be recorded here. Cynthia will be on the teen grid on the 28th of this month.