Are you on Twitter? ICYMI, tomorrow's the last day to enter to win this amazing prize! It includes an Advance Reader's Copy of THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY, my debut middle grade novel with HarperCollins Children's Books, signed pig bookmarks and swag, a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, fun pig jax game, custom pig stickers, and a Verilux PageLight book light for reading! Simply follow my Twitter account and retweet THIS pinned post to enter. Ends 9/1, USA only. Good luck :)
THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY publishes in just over a month, it's hard to believe! I've been getting a lot of messages from people asking about the various ways they can support me and my book (thank you!) so I made this handy graphic of 15 ways I try to support authors and books I love. Feel free to share, no need to credit me!
DYK? It's really easy to ask your local library to order a title. Simply Google "Recommend a title + (name of your state library system)" to request the purchase of a favorite book and/or most anticipated book release... It's super easy! I just requested about ten titles for the NYPL :)
I just returned back to New York City after a wonderful, whirlwind trip to the American Librarian Association's Annual Conference in Chicago. It was my first time attending – and my first real author event! – and I loved every moment of it!
On Saturday I attended the HarperCollins Children's Books breakfast in the morning and moderated a YA panel with the Class of 2k17 on the Chapter One stage in the afternoon. On Sunday, I participated in a Middle Grade panel with fellow debut MG authors Leah Henderson and Patricia Bailey, chatting Location in MG literature and signing books.
I got to fangirl authors, librarians, teachers, agents and editors, and celebrate so many beautiful stories. Caught up with old friends, met lots of new ones. It was my first time doing a public signing event and people were so kind (I was nervous!) and – fun little fact – I signed a copy of The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City for a librarian with a Wilbur the Pig tattoo :)
Here are some fun pics from the busy, book-filled weekend!
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of CILLA LEE-JENKINS FUTURE AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE by fellow 2017 middle grade debut author Susan Tan, and I just fell in love with Cilla's spunk and honesty and charm. This wonderful novel just hit shelves last week, so pick up a copy at your local bookstore and read on for a fun Q&A with the author!