Tuesday, April 26, 2016

6 Emotional Recharge and TWO Book Deals for Sarah Glenn Marsh

I'm just back from the Southern Kentucky Book Festival, which was amazingly fun. In conjunction with their Children's Day on Friday, they had a teen writer workshop with over 500 teen writers signed up from the local high schools. In addition to panels on fantasy and romance, I had a chance to do a workshop on world building, which is one of my most favorite things of all time. But the weekend got me thinking.

Great Teen Writers in the Worldbuiding Workshop at SOKY

As writers, many of us are introverts. We are in our heads with our characters and our story worlds, and that can be a comfort zone, a safe place. But it's also a lonely place where self-doubt can too easily take root.

Going out to festivals and events is exhausting. I don't sleep well in hotels, and then I had a TV interview before the festival started, so basically, by the time that I crawled home from the airport on Saturday night, I'd been "on" for three days, and predictably, I ended up with a migraine the next day. But you know what? I wouldn't have missed it for anything.

With Victoria Devon on the SOKY Sunrise set at WNKY

Getting the chance to talk to other authors, writers, and fans refills the well. It reconnects us with our creativity and reminds us why write. So if you're writing in a bubble, especially if you're feeling in need of an emotional or creative recharge, let me highly recommend getting yourself out to a place where there are a lot of other writers talking about craft.

Here Are a Few Ways to Re-Charge and Level-Up Your Writing:

  • Go to writer's conferences. SCBWI and RWA have some amazing conferences both on the national and regional level.
  • Go to writer's retreats. I'll be doing one later this year at the beach in North Carolina, and a lot of other authors also help to host retreats for aspiring or published authors. They're a great chance to network and work on craft one on one or in small groups.
  • Go to writer's workshops. Google the term, and you'll come up with a zillion options anywhere in the world from Kauia to the Swiss Alps and anywhere in between. Big Sur is a good one, and Margie Lawson offers some unique and focused options for serious writers. Free-Expressions offer my personal favorites.
  • Find a critique group. Chances are, if you go to any of the above, you'll come away with lifelong friends and critique partners. But if you need more sources, try this list at The Write Life. Our monthly First Five Pages writing workshop has also resulted in a bunch of longterm match ups, since each participant gets critique from the other four participants in addition to the three author mentors and the agent.
Okay, and now on to the fun stuff. The reward for doing a lot of workshopping and networking and working on your craft really hard, along with a phenomenal amount of talent, is a career that takes off like our very own Sarah Glenn Marsh's.

HUGE Congrats to Sarah Glenn Marsh!

In addition to yet another new picture book deal, Sarah has just recently sold two YA novels!

To recap Sarah's meteoric sales trajectory, here's a list of things you'll see coming out from her in the near future:
  • Fear the Drowning Deep, my YA historical fantasy, publishes with Sky Pony Press on 10/4/16!
  • A Campfire Tail, a picture book, publishes with Sterling Children's in Spring 2017!
  • Selfie Sebastian, a picture book, publishes with Sterling Children's in Fall 2017!
  • Anna Strong: Daughter of the American Revolution, a nonfiction picture book biography, is forthcoming from Abrams Kids!
  • Reign of the Fallen, a dark YA fantasy, and its sequel, are forthcoming from Razorbill/Penguin!
Amazing, right?

And To Celebrate, How about a Fantasy Giveaway?

All four books will go to the same winner, so jump in and enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the Author

Martina Boone is the author of Compulsion and Persuasion, out now in the romantic Southern Gothic Heirs of Watson Island trilogy from Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse. Illusion, the final book, will be out in October of 2016. Martina is also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a three-time Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers Site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site dedicated to encouraging literacy and reader engagement through a celebration of series literature. She's on the Board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and runs the CompulsionForReading.com program to distribute books to underfunded schools and libraries.

 What About You? 

Have a favorite writing conference, workshop, retreat, or tip for recharging? Please share in the comments below!


  1. Huge congrats to Sarah on the amazing book deals!!! Great festivals, Martina, and you look *gorgeous* in your TV interview - awesome. I recently finished the RT Booklovers Convention in Vegas and after 5 days and 8 events was wiped out. But it was SO MUCH FUN! Readers from all over the world. At my table at one event there was a woman from the UK, another from Peru, and another from Israel. I was astonished at the sacrifices these readers make to meet authors and snag books and swag. Yay for readers!

    1. Thank you, lovely! It sounds like you had an amazing time, Kimberley! I loved going last year, but it wasn't in the cards this year. Wish we could have been there together!

    2. Me, too! I kept thinking about you during the week and missing you! It's much more a party time which would have been a blast.

  2. The self doubt is the biggest reason of all types of failures.
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  3. HEY! You look amazingly beautiful. What was Victoria like? Btw, is this giveaway international? I'd love you for all eternity if it is!

    1. Oh, gosh! I'm only now seeing this comment! I'm so, so sorry! And THANK YOU!!!!!! What a lovely thing to say! Victoria was very kind and lovely to work with. They have a really relaxed energy on the set!


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