How cool is this? The Paw Report is doing a Read Along of my young adult novel, Strays! The read along will begin this Sunday, January 8th. Click here to join i the fun.
Happy #PitMad day!
PitMad is a twitter pitch party where you get three opportunities to pitch your unpublished novel to various agents and editors who may be scrolling through looking for new work.
I believe the party takes place a few different times throughout the year.
It was challenging to distill my entire novel down to three different 140 character pitches. I tried to focus on a different angle of the novel in each one.
You can read my pitches on my Twitter account @JenCaloyeras (but don't favorite them! That's for the agents and editors to do if they're interested!)
Want to participate in the next #PitMad? Click here for more information!
Have you heard of pitch wars?
Well, it's my first time entering the online battle. Writers submit their finished manuscript's first chapter and a query letter to four participating agents / writers / publishers / editors. If selected, the writer would then work with said professional to buff up their manuscript for two months in anticipation of November's Twitter pitch war, where writers pitch their novel through Twitter and agents and editors are on the prowl for new projects.
Last year, more than 50 author participants were offered representation / publication!
So I figured, why not!
I brushed up my young adult nanowrimo project from a few years back and sent it off.
Thinking of sending something in? There's still time! The window for mentors closes tomorrow, August 6th, but if you miss that, you can always jump right back in in November.
Check out this page for more information or search #pitchwars on Twitter.
I am thrilled to be speaking at my alma mater, Cal State Los Angeles on February 9th at 11:30 am.
My lecture is titled:
ACP: Animals/Aesthetics/Adolescence: A Reading by Jennifer Clark Caloyeras
Event date and time
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:30am
Join Cal State LA alum and acclaimed author Jennifer Clark Caloyeras as she discusses her latest young adult novel, Strays; shares her experiences in writing and publishing; and examines genealogies of inter-species relations in YA literatures. Book signing to follow.
Los Angeles Room BC, 3rd Floor, U-SU
Doesn't it look pretty all gilded!
Strays received a gold medal for Best in Young Adult Health / Self-Esteem and a silver medal for Best in Young Adult Fiction.
I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas where I participated in the Vegas Valley Book Festival. I was thrilled to be speaking on a panel titled, "Giving Teens A Voice". My fellow panelists included Conrad Wesselhoeft, Lindsay Lane, Katie Van Ark and e.E. Charlton-Trijillo. They are all doing amazing work and I encourage to to check them out!
I saw Claire Vaye Watkins speak on Saturday, which was fun because I just finished Gold Fame Citrus. Want to know what else I'm reading? Come find me on Goodreads! And right now, Goodreads is giving away ten copies of my young adult novel, Strays. Click here to enter.
A few days earlier I had the pleasure of speaking with creative writing students at thee University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). They asked the most engaging questions.
Once I returned to the hotel I realized I had left my laptop in the classroom! (said laptop currently holds the only copy of two new novels and two revised screenplays) so back to UNLV I went. Imagine my delight when an hour and a half later my laptop was still where I left it. I might not have won anything playing the slots, but my reunion with my laptop totally restored my faith in humanity.
Here's a beautiful display at the Wynn Hotel:
Happy Book Birthday to me!!!!!
Today is the day my novel, Strays, is officially published! I'll be whooping it up on my end!
You can buy the novel at your local bookstore or order it online!
Or buy it here on Amazon.
Or though Ashland Creek Press.
It is also available in e-formats.
What do the critics have to say?
"One doesn't expect humor to evolve from such a serious theme; but, it does. One doesn't expect Strays to use the intersection of two fearful personalities to explore positive change and courage - yet, it does. And any who anticipate Strays to be a dog story alone may be disappointed only because it's so much more; it focuses equally on pet and person, and the situations that get them into trouble.
Young adults who want a story of more than an animal rescue or a sixteen-year-old's angst will find Strays a compelling saga."
- D. Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"...a source of comfort for angry teens."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Strays is so much more than a story about a young, angry girl who learns to trust others and accept their help. It’s about grief, compassion, understanding and forgiveness....Strays touched my heart and I would be willing to bet it will do the same for most people who read it."
- Susan Barton, eBook Review Gal (read the full review here)
"... the reader can see the human-animal bond grow and enjoy Iris’s growth and turning points as well…a well-written story and a very enjoyable read."
- Dianne Rich, Seattle pi (read the full review here)
"This is a sweet story about a girl and a dog and how hard it is to let go of the past in order to get on with the future. It’s a story about trust, redemption and acceptance [...] Readers young and old will appreciate this one.
- Book Chatter (read the full review here)
My young adult novel, Strays, is mere weeks away from publication! If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area on May 9th, I'll be signing books at the amazing Children's Book World! This means that you can be one of the first people to own a copy of Strays before its official publication date!
Children's Book World is book heaven for kids, young adults and adults who love literature for kids! I can't tell you how many times I've gone there for a birthday present and all I have to do is describe the birthday child to the people who work there and they've found the perfect book!
So come say hi on Saturday, May 9th, 2:30 - 4:00. Children are welcome.
You can even RSVP to my Facebook invitation here!
Children's Book World
10580 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064