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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Want a good book to read? Stop by and see what’s new in the world of literature!

I’m happy to report that the Pitchapalooza event that my library hosted was a huge success! After months of planning, it’s a relief to not have to think about making sure all the details are covered and that the event goes off without a hitch. We had more than 80 people present, which is about room capacity, the weather was amazing for March, and no last-minute disasters occurred. It was wonderful. Even Arielle and David, the Book Doctors, said how there were many great pitches, more than usual even! People are already clamoring for them to come back for another Pitchapalooza, but I’m happy to take a break for a little while. 🙂 The winner of the event was actually the leader of the NJ Children’s Writer’s Guild with her pitch on a bi-lingual picture book she’s been working on. Very cool!

As always, I’m filling in my free moments with lots of writing and reading. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

   Feynman by Ottaviani & Myrick – Despite not understanding much of physics, I’ve always been fascinated by the sciences, especially areas like physics and quantum mechanics. When I saw the shiny new copy on the amazing Richard Feynman come into the library, I snatched it up. Not only was Feynman a leader in the world of theoretical physics, but he worked on the controversial Manhattan Project, a secret atomic bomb making project sanctioned by the U.S. As I’m reading this biography in graphic novel form, I’m learning a lot more about the great man and liking him even more than before!

 

 

 

The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball – Can you imagine living a hipster life in a rent-controlled apartment in NYC one minute then packing all your worldly possessions into your hatchback and moving to a farm? Thus begins Kimball’s memoir, taking her readers from supermarkets, heels, and a vegetarian existence to a run-down farm, work boots, and eating every (EVERY) part of a slaughtered farm animal. Funny and eye-opening, this is a wonderful book on CD. While some parts are cringe-worthy, it is amazing how a life calling can yield such bountiful results. Although not an easy road, Kimball shows her readers what it’s like to learn farm-life from scratch and learn to love every minute!

 

 

 

Slow week for me because of all my running around, but hoping to add some more titles before the week is out! Happy reading! 🙂

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Want a good book to read? Stop by and see what’s new in the world of literature!

I officially signed up for Book Expo America this June in NYC. Yay! It’s like a mini vacation for me as I get to meet new people in the world of books, pick up some fun ARCs, and listen to great speakers about the craft of writing. If you love books and have never been, definitely check it out! And this week is the big Pitchapalooza event. I’ve been working on making this event a great experience for the community, so as excited as I am I’m also looking forward to it being finished after all the work and planning! 🙂

I’ve been reading some great books as well:

  Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – I’m listening to this book on CD and the narrator does a great job of bringing Bradbury’s classic tale to life. The descriptive language alone makes Something Wicked a wonderful book to listen to.

 

 

  Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder – I just started this graphic novel and so far, so good. The illustrations are classic superhero with their bold colors and ideal figures. It begins with Dick Grayson as Batman after he took over the cape and cowl when the original Batman was supposedly dead. But Batman has returned as well as a fun litany of evil villians – a recipe for excitement!

 

  Wonder by R.J. Palacio – This juvenile fiction book is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. August is a typical 10-year-old boy starting his first year of middle school. Except August was born with severe facial defects that, countless surgeries later, have made breathing and eating better but haven’t changed the aesthetics of his face. Told through several people surrounding August, Palacio’s story paints a wonderful picture of being different and how it’s the love and kindness that makes all the difference.

  Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – The first book in the Mistborn series, Sanderson, who I was first introduced to through his collaboration with the late Robert Jordan in finishing his Wheel of Time series, has written a high fantasy book where evil reigns and there has been no salvation in sight for the past thousand years. This series has been recommended to me several times, so I’m excited to finally be reading it!

 

I hope you’re reading week is just as enjoyable as mine is! Happy reading! 🙂

Coming Soon to a Library Near You – Pitchapalooza!

  You’ve heard the rumors. You’ve seen the signs. Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for is here…

Pitchapalooza!

 People from all over migrate to wherever the famed Book Doctors are presenting to garner words of wisdom and helpful tips on how to break into the world of publishing. You may even be one of the lucky ones to give a one-minute pitch to a panel of judges at the event.

Past pitch winners have gone on to meet agents and editors and even sell their books. Gennifer Albin won during a Pitchapalooza event at a packed house at the Kansas City Public Library March 2011 and went on to sell her YA dystopian three-arc series for six figures! (The first, Crewel, is set to be released Fall 2012.) Talk about a testimony to the power of Pitchapalooza and the Book Doctors!

Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, the Book Doctors, co-wrote The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, which is filled with valuable information and guiding tools. Anyone who purchases a book at a Pitchapalooza event will receive a 20 minute phone consultation with Eckstut & Sterry. So even if you don’t get a chance to pitch during Pitchapalooza, you can still benefit from both the wisdom of the book and the suggestions from a one-on-one consultation.

Together with my helpful colleagues I am pleased to announce Pitchapalooza is coming to the Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater, NJ. It will be held on March 1, 2012, from 7-8:30pm. Registration is FREE but required and is limited to the first 80 people (the list is currently at 25). You can register HERE. Refreshments will be served.

So come with your pitch and leave with some great information on breaking into the publishing world!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Want a good book to read? Stop by and see what’s new in the world of literature! And if you are a lover of YA and children’s books like I am check out Teach Mentor Texts for more fun reads!

I’ve been busy making progress on my next YA novel as you can see by the word count widget on my sidebar. In between actual writing, I’m researching and planning Pitchapalooza (more on this soon!), so my life seems to be encompassed by writing of late. I love it! Yesterday, I ran the inaugural Super Sunday 4-Miler in Morristown, NJ. In conjunction with other Super Hero runs, it helped to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The course was hilly but gorgeous with lots of music and fun at the end (including free beer at a nearby bar in honor of the Super Bowl, but I didn’t stick around for that). A great way to kick off Super Bowl Sunday – not to mention the Giants won!!! So it was a great, great weekend. 🙂

  Frost by Marianna Baer – A purportedly haunted house, a group of friends who decide to live there, and a blanket of mysteries surrounding it all. Sounds like the recipe for a good book. The cover caught my eye and that couple with the premise of the story and I was hooked. To be honest the protagonist wasn’t someone I connected with, nor did I connect with the guy who was her love interest. While I appreciate that the author worked to craft a tale of mystery and intrigue it went a bit too far with the way the guy was kind of creepily obsessed with his sister. Even if it did add an extra layer of complexity to the novel, I could have done without it. Especially since, in the end, it was really just that and not tied into the mystery behind the house.

  The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick – I was terribly overdue in reading this highly touted, Caldecott medal winning by Brian Selznick. Not only did I love the book, and it’s delicious illustrations, but it managed to live up to all the hype. Part graphic novel, part written and all brilliant, readers are taken into the world of Hugo while he endeavors to find his way to what he thinks will bring him peace. In the end, what we want and what we get are often two separate things, but, as in life, the ending is even better than our stinted imaginations. A must read!

  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Another YA book that lives up to the hype, TFIOS is one of the best books I’ve read recently. Green always seems to capture the awkward yet joyous moments that make up teenaged existence and this latest is no exception. While I don’t know much about the ins and outs of having cancer, I didn’t feel out of place while reading this book. Not overly maudlin or depressing, Green manages to take the good and the bad and the ugly and smoosh them all together in one amazing, must-read novel.

  Amnesia by Dwayne Harris – I have to admit I wasn’t a big fan of this graphic novel. Recommended to me by a colleague, it is the story of a man who wakes up with amnesia that has not only affected him but seemingly everyone else on the planet too. It felt as though there was too much crammed into a thin book – a team of subversive military agents who want something the main character has, but doesn’t realize he has, zombie-esque people who try to attack him and his family, and solutions that come too easily to help the protagonist out. And, I’m sorry, but I expect excellence when a graphic novel is published. Not only were the illustrations overdone and flat, but the writer/illustrator spelled the guy’s name one way in certain panels and then another way in others! Shame on him.

 

Happy reading! 🙂

Pitchapalooza

  What the heck is Pitchapalooza?

I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this, well, phenomenon, for a while and, while intrigued, haven’t really looked into what the event is beyond what people have told me. The event began with Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry and is touted on their website, The Book Doctors, as an American Idol for writers. Any writer with an idea for a book is able to pitch it (in one minute) to a panel of judges. The judges then critique said pitches and even if you don’t make a pitch, you can still walk away with valuable advice on how to get your book published.

Eckstut and Sterry have also written a book entitled The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published which is chalk full of helpful tips, dos and don’ts, and all around good advice. Their philosophy is that anyone can get published, you just need to know how to go about doing it successfully.

The reason I started looking into Pitchapalooza and the Book Doctors is that I’m trying to host an event at the library I work at. I’m on a committee (one of many…) where the goal is to stay relevant and continue to drawn people in through the library doors. And with the ever-growing interest in writing, it seems only perfect to host such an event.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress just in case you live nearby (or don’t and are looking for adventure…) and want to participate.

I’ll leave you with a few topics that the Book Doctors cover during Pitchapalooza:

  • Choosing the right idea
  • Creating a blockbuster title
  • Crafting an attention-getting pitch
  • Putting together a selling proposal/manuscript
  • Finding the right agent/publisher
  • Self-publishing effectively with ebooks, print-on-demand or traditional printing
  • Developing sales, marketing and publicity savvy
  • Producing a video book trailer and helping it go viral
  • Building a following through social media

Happy writing! 😀