Smack Dab in the Middle – A Blog for All Things MG

I’ll get back to the series on outlining your book next week. For now, I wanted to highlight my MG blog, Smack Dab in the Middle.

I’ve been the administrator of the blog for years–since The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky was in development (and that book released in ’14)! To begin with, the site was a group of MG authors blogging about our work and the writing life. Bloggers have come and gone over the years; recently, we’ve been adding teachers, librarians, and even an aspiring (rather than already-published) writer. In one case, we’ve got three generations of the same family blogging at the site, all writers and teachers. The love of literature runs deep, as many of us know–often, it’s in our roots!

Please do head on over to Smack Dab and get involved in the discussion. The aim is to hear from MG nuts who have a wide variety of points of view–I’d love to hear yours as well!

PS: If you are a teacher, librarian, or an author yourself–especially one who is about to see the release of a book–please do get in touch: hollyschindlerbooks (at) gmail (dot) com. We’ve still got some open spots left!

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS

I discovered the book blogosphere in ’09. I had sold my first book, A BLUE SO DARK, and I was taking my very first steps into developing an online life. Seems strange to say now, but back then, I had no online presence at all—no social media accounts, no digital subscriptions, nothing.

It all felt so strange to me.

And then…

The blogosphere.

I met bloggers coast-to-coast…and in Puerto Rico…England…Readers utterly devoted to their genre of choice. To helping authors spread word of their work. In ten years, bloggers have hosted interviews and vlogs and giveaways. They’ve reviewed my work. They’ve participated in cover reveals…

And more.

The “more” being that over the years, we’ve continued to be in contact. I’ve been in touch with YA reviewers who went on to college, then graduated college, then became teachers or writers themselves. We’ve shared triumphs and heartaches.

It’s been a powerful community. Emphasis on “community.” I’m eternally grateful to be part of it.

I’m sending out the call to adult bloggers—like contemporary fiction? A slight dash of magic? Maybe even some reinvented fairy tales? Non-traditional characters? Not-you-typical love stories?

Please do get in touch: hollyschindlerbooks (at) gmail (dot) com. I’d love to add you to the review team.

The best part of any “community” is that it can (and should!) be constantly growing.