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Because I have this little corner of the web, today I want to share my support for the Dear Jack Foundation and encourage any visitors to check it out. The foundation was started to support adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer, and they have two main programs: LifeList, a wish-granting program for adolescent and young adult cancer patients, and Breathe Now, a program to help young adult survivors heal the mind and body and restore balance post cancer. This organization is close to my heart for so many reasons. I don’t talk about it much, but as a young...
When I was in the chorus of the musical Pippin, I had this line, spoken to Pippin himself in a moment of dejection: Nothing ever turns out the way you think it’s going to. That line stuck with me in real life. It echoes in the back of my mind like a mantra, sometimes comforting, sometimes haunting. But it applies to the past four months as relevantly as ever. I had plans in October of 2018—go to see The Hate U Give on opening night, dive into Pitch Wars full-steam ahead, turn my revised manuscript into my agent, get started...
Welcome to our 2018 Pitch Wars Wishlist! We are Team Mischief Managed! See the full Pitch Wars 2018 Mentor Blog hop here: https://pitchwars.org/pitch-wars-2018-mentor-blog-hop/.) About us: From Samantha: I’m a YA/NA writer, hailing from Toronto, Canada. I was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2014, and a mentor in 2015 & 2017. When I’m not writing or day-jobbing, I can usually be found baking all the things or performing on a stage somewhere. I’m a musical theatre nerd who thrives on all things Broadway. I’m a proud geek who loves all things Harry Potter (I’m a Slytherin), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and...
I was thrilled to be a guest blogger on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University last week with 3 Updates Your Author Website Needs Now! As a web coordinator, I’m able to share my internet experience with authors to help them make the most of their online presence. In this article, I discuss the Chrome 68 update, the changes affecting SSL encryption, GDPR, and what these tech issues mean for your author website. Click the banner below to learn more.
I am so thrilled today to review You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon. I received an ARC a few weeks back, and I am so glad I did! Order on Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Add on Goodreads  The summary from Goodreads: Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and...
I am thrilled to say Happy Book Birthday to Brenda Drake! Brenda is such an amazing author and an all-around fantastic person. I cannot wait to read her latest book Thunderstruck! I am a huge fan of all things Thor, from the Marvel movies to Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series, and I am so excited to see a new perspective on this mythology. Check out the summary, a sneak peek, and an awesome Rafflecopter giveaway for a swag pack and a $25 Amazon gift card! Congratulations, Brenda!!!  Thunderstruck Brenda DrakePublished by: Entangled CravePublication date: September 11th 2017Genres: Mystery, Mythology, Romance...
Welcome, Pitch Wars hopefuls! My name is Laurie Dennison, and I am thrilled to be a 2017 Pitch Wars Mentor! I am a TeenPit mentor for Pitch Wars. TeenPit is a writing contest created by Michael Mammay and Kelly Ann Hopkins designed specifically for teen writers. (Click here for more info about TeenPit.) This year the top five finalists all earned a spot in the 2017 Pitch Wars agent round. This means I already have a fabulous mentee, Ellie Firestone! I am so privileged to be working with Ellie! Ellie writes YA and MG, and I am consistently impressed by...
Sometimes I have trouble keeping my book budget under control. Social media in the writing community doesn’t help matters; I see so many books that interest me, and before I know it, my nightstand and my Nook overflow. I recently found a bookish alternative that keeps me reading for free and helps other writers: Swoon Reads! Writers can submit manuscripts, readers get to read and comment for free, and Swoon chooses the top performers to publish! It really is a win-win. My first Swoon Read was Dangerous Play by Alison Miller. The brief summary: Best friends and soccer all-stars Jesse,...
It feels like I’ve been waiting forever to write this post. I could tell the version where I write a manuscript, polish it up, and send 30 query letters. The one where 15 full requests flood my inbox. In that version, I sign with an agent in less than six weeks. That story is true, and it’s not. I think I wrote my first novel to prove to myself that I could do it. I had no idea how long the journey would be or where it would take me. I sent that manuscript to friends to read, because I...
The summary (adapted from Goodreads): After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door. The review: The Thing About Jellyfish is exceptionally well-written. Informative without being preachy and realistic but also timeless, Jellyfish covers quite a bit of ground in what...

Laurie A. Dennison

I write books for young adults. I love books with complicated relationships, traveling, and alternative and indie music.

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