Wednesday, March 04, 2009

SECRET KEEPER Reviews, News, Events

School Library Journal liked my newest novel:
Well-developed characters, funny dialogue, and the authentic depiction of spunky Asha’s longing for romance and female self-determination, set in a culture that restrains women’s choices, make this book an attractive pick for teenage girls.
Thanks, SLJ!

Yesterday, Fran├žoise Bui, my editor at Delacorte, called to tell me that the book has sold nicely (whew) since pub date of 1/16. We expressed our mutual delight that SECRET KEEPER is going to be translated into French and published by Editions Thierry Magnier in Paris. Vive La France!

Last but not least, Fran├žoise asked for updates about my upcoming events and any buzz about SECRET KEEPER. Authors, note that you should be keeping your editors and publicists informed about any and all mentions of your book, as well as your appearances. It helps. Here's what I sent to Random House:

On the Web and in Print:

This month's School Library Journal featured several authors who twitter, and the book got a nice mention.

I talked about my book launch in my column for Boston Globe/yourtown.

Publisher’s Weekly mentioned SECRET KEEPER in an article about Kids Heart Authors Day.

The community of Sandwich enjoyed the book and my visit.

PaperTigers gave the book a lovely review, and published my essay on how books shape a child's heart.

Suzi Steffen of Eugene Weekly liked it, too.


Blog Buzz

Teen Reads

Semicolon

Jen Robinson's Book Page

My Friend Amy

Pink Sneakers N'at

Tortoise Lessons

Sarah's Random Musings

Archimedes Forgets

Marjolein Book Blog

My Friend Amy

Uncommon Lives

Young Adult Romance Reviews


Blatant Bibliophiles


Spring 2009 Events and Appearances


Boston College Lecture, Ma (March 9, 2009)

Williams School, Newton, Ma (March 10, 2009)

Clarke Middle School, Lexington, Ma (March 24, 2009)

Proctor School, Topsfield, Ma (March 25, 2009)

Spring Fling, Newton Free Library, Newton, Ma (March 28, 2009)

Teen Writer's Workshop with author Karen Day, Newton Free Library, Newton, Ma (March 30, 2009)

World Savvy High School Visit, San Francisco, CA (April 3, 2009)

Presbyterian Writer's Workshop, Columbia Theological Seminary, GA (April 23-24, 2009)

"Many Voices," NESCBWI Conference, Workshop Presentation on Writing Race (April 25, 2009)

Belmont Middle School, Belmont, Ma (April 27 and 29, 2009)

Lyme School, Lyme, CT (May 1, 2009)

Newman School, Needham, Ma (May 5, 2009)

Underwood School, Newton, Ma (May 8, 2009)

Asian American Writer's Workshop, New York, NY (May 16, 2009)

Franklin Elementary School, Newton, Ma (May 28, 2009)

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library, Chattanooga, TN, (June 20, 2009)

3 comments:

Janet Fox said...

Mitali - Thanks for that tidbit of information! I'm trying to gear up in advance of my launch, and I will keep this in mind.

That's a great help.

Mrs. F-B's Books Blog said...

I just read Secret Keeper and added to the blog buzz this week. Great job - I really enjoyed it! :)

Katia said...

Mitali, I only now read your essay about shaping a child's heart, in PaperTigers. Beautiful. Thank you for mentioning Amadi.

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