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It’s December 30 and The Class of 2k13’s debut year is coming to a close. While I’m elated at the experiences that this debut year has afforded me, I’m also slightly wistful and a bit weary. Mostly, though, I’m grateful. My gratitude is to everyone who supported us through this debut year – from those in the publishing and book selling worlds to teachers, librarians, parents, readers, our families, and of course fellow authors.

fireworksSpeaking of which – I am in awe of the talent encompassed by the members of The Class of 2k13 – both in writing and in navigating through the uncertainties of a debut year. Our shared efforts reached far beyond what I could have imagined achieving on my own. Throughout the year we have worked together to deploy a variety of marketing approaches, attended conferences, shared ups and downs, and of course – celebrated each of our twenty debut books as they released into the world.

One of the most enduring lessons that I’ve learned as a member of The Class of 2k13: while we may write alone, we don’t have to be alone. And even though our debut year is winding down, our relationships aren’t – after all, our children’s writing careers are just getting started. Many of us are fortunate to have books slated to release in 2014 and/or 2015. There is definitely more to come from us and in the New Year we’ll be working on ways to stay connected with each other and with you. So instead of thinking of this as THE END, I’ve taken to thinking of this as THE END OF THE BEGINNING.

Here’s to The Class of 2k13 at the end of the beginning! It’s been an honor to debut with you and as we move beyond our debut year I look forward to seeing where your wonderful writing talents take you.

Season’s Greetings to everyone and all good wishes for a Happy New Year and a spectacular 2014!


Tamera Wissinger is the author of GONE FISHING: A Novel in Verse, which arrived last March from Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. Two of her picture books: THIS OLD BAND and THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO GOBBLED A SKINK from Sky Pony Press will arrive in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Portions of this post appeared at Smack Dab in the Middle Blog on 12/14/2013. Online you can connect with Tamera through Facebook, Twitter, and her Website.

My Favorite Indie in Cincinnati, Ohio

JosephBeth-540x242If you’re from anywhere within 90 miles of Cincinnati,  Ohio, it’s likely that you know my favorite Independent bookstore in the city—because they do so much for readers and authors. I’m speaking of Joseph-Beth Booksellers, an independent chain of currently four stores in Cincinnati, Lexington, KY, Crestview Hills, KY, and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

My local store is the Joseph-Beth in Rookwood Pavilion, and it’s a reader’s paradise—books lovingly displayed, plenty of reading areas, a terrific space for young readers, a robust music selection, and even Bronte Bistro, where you can enjoy a fine meal and glass of wine, or excellent coffee and scones, depending on your pleasure (or time of day!). It’s a beautiful store, and they were extraordinarily supportive of my launch, allowing me to host nearly a hundred of my friends, past and present coworkers, family and even some new fans at my debut book launch for Maid of Secrets.

But Joseph-Beth doesn’t stop there. In addition to coordinating the massively popular Books By The Banks book festival in Cincinnati, Joseph Beth also contributes to the success of the Kentucky Book Fair, in Frankfort, KY. The tireless efforts of Michael Link, Publisher Relations Manager, are particularly impressive—especially since Cincinnati is home to several 2013/2014 debut authors, including Liz Coley (Pretty Girl-13), Geoffrey Girard (Project Cain and Cain’s Blood), Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp (Doon), and Melissa Landers (Alienated). We’ve kept Michael and the whole team at Joseph-Beth busy this year, and they have made our experience as authors unforgettable.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers is the kind of place that makes you glad to be an author—and overjoyed to be a reader. If you’re anywhere near one of these amazing bookstores, be sure to stop in and share your love for reading and books.

My Favorite Indie in Delaware, OH!

Yes, that’s right. There’s a city called Delaware in the state of Ohio. And every time I say I’m going there (which is fairly often because it’s where the boyfriend lives) some fellow 1990’s alum says, “Hi… uh… I’m in… Delaware.” And If you don’t get that, you’re not really 90’s.

My indie is Fundamentals, a parent / teacher bookstore that caters entirely to children and young adult readers and learners. Fundamentals has been a huge supporter of mine since my debut. Not only have they hosted a signing for me at their store, but they’ve also handled off-site sales for me on two separate occasions, so far – hopefully with more to come in the future!

As an author I can tell that they are flexible, easygoing professionals who hand sell my book like true book lovers. I’ve been contacted by so many people online who tell me that the owner is the one who steered them to Not A Drop to Drink, and you can’t buy that kind of promotion.

As a reader I could spend hours in the store, browsing the shelves (for sure) but also just talking with the owner and staff. These people know books – they know what’s current, have an encyclopedic knowledge of what has gone before, and are keeping tabs on what will be here soon.

They know good books. And I am so glad that I know them.

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