Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Looking Ahead to 2018

#SecretProject's manuscript
I recently delivered my newest young adult novel to my editor, Maggie Lehrman, at Amulet Books/Abrams! The book is currently slated for publication in Spring 2019. We haven't yet announced the title or said what the book is about (although I've left some clues on my social media pages). I'm working with my publisher to potentially introduce the book to everyone in the middle of January.

More info to come.

I don't have any new novels publishing in 2018! Between April 2013 and September 2017 I released six novels and a short story that was part of a YA horror anthology, and while all of those publication dates have been exciting beyond belief and utterly surreal, they've also been exhausting! Releasing all those novels in a relatively short amount of time meant I also wrote them fairly quickly, which has been a challenge with books entailing a great deal of historical research.

Not releasing a book in 2018 means I'll have more time to write!


via GIPHY

I'll spend the first half of 2018 revising and editing #SecretProject with Maggie and other members of the editorial team at Abrams, and during the second half of  the year, I'll likely get to start promoting the book—which means cover reveals (always fun!), appearances, and advance reading copies. I also plan to embark upon a new writing project that I've been thinking about for a while, and throughout 2018 I'll be speaking at schools, libraries, and other events.

Thanks so much to everyone who read my books in 2017, whether you're one of my long-time readers or someone who just discovered my work. Odd & True was just named to Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2017, and it's a YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee. I'm incredibly honored!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Warmest wishes,
Cat Winters

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Resources for Teen Writers

I'm speaking to several groups of teens this month, and part of my presentation includes discussing resources for young writers.

In order for these teens to easily find these resources, and as a guide for students unable to attend my talks, I'm providing links for these opportunities below. Please note that I'm not affiliated with any of these organizations aside from Willamette Writers.

Provides various awards to teen writers in grades 7 through 12, scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and financial aid to students wanting to attend summer creative camps.

An online magazine that publishes “Stories, Poems, and Art by Kids” up through age 13.

Free to students in grades 1 through 12. 

SCBWI Student Writer Scholarships
An opportunity for full-time university students in an English or creative writing program to attend a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference. (Does not include hotel or travel expenses.)

For the students at my Portland visits:

Writing opportunities for Oregon students in grades five through 10, including meetings and special online content. 

The League of Exceptional Writers
A chance for young writers and artists to learn from professionals in the Portland area. The events are free for students ages 8 to 18 and held at Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing from 2 to 3 pm every second Saturday of the month from October through May. 

For the students at my St. Louis school visits:

Offers a creative-writing workshop every summer called “Teens Who Write” for students ages 11 to 18.

NOTE: No one should charge you money to publish your work unless they are clearly a self-publishing entity, such as Amazon's self-publishing services. If you are interested in publishing a novel through a traditional publisher, start by finding a reputable literary agent through a source such as the Association of Authors' Representatives. Literary agents should not charge you money to work with them, aside from the percentage of your earnings that they receive when they sell your work (the agent's commission). Please follow each agent's guideline for submission requirements. You will likely need to include a query letter with your submission.

If you would like to add another resource for teen writers in the comments section of this post, please do so, as long as it's a free contest for teens or a reputable organization or workshop.

If you are a teacher or librarian who would like to inquire about scheduling me for a visit, please see my Author Visits page for information about my presentations and fees. During this school year I'm offering a special program for schools reading The Steep and Thorny Way as part of the Oregon Battle of the Books.  

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