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Interview with Jacquelyn Mitchard, editor- in-chief of Merit Press

By Christine Kohler

This article is cross-posted on Uncommon YA as part of its “Behind the Scenes in Publishing/One Thing That Sold My Book” series. I interviewed Jacquelyn Mitchard, the editor who acquired my debut novel NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, tbr January 18, 2014, by Merit Press (Adams Media/ F+W Media).

CK: Merit Press is a relatively  Read More 

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WAR LITERATURE

"War is a terrible thing, and many return with wounds invisible to the eye." -- Terry Pratchett, DODGER (HarperCollins, 2012)

This is true of all my characters in NO SURRENDER SOLDIER. The after-effects of war on people's lives are like contracting a genetic disease, even passing it down to future generations.

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY ARTICLE

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I REPORTED ON THE INCINERATION OF CHEMICAL MUNITIONS

Chemical weapons incineration plant on Johnston Atoll

This is a reprint from Corina Vacco’s blog on 8/10/13. Corina’s novel MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN is a Delacorte winner for a first YA novel. You can read my reviews of MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
Here’s my article:

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BEHIND THE SCENES: MY PATH TO PUBLICATION F0R NO SURRENDER SOLDIER

This article is cross-posted on Beth Fehlbaum’s blog.

Every author’s journey to publication is different. Someone close to me once said, “No one cares where you’ve been or what you’ve done.” That’s true in many cases. There should be a take-away value for  Read More 

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AN AUTHOR INTERVIEW ABOUT NO SURRENDER SOLDIER

NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, Merit Press/Adams Media, Jan. 18, 2014

This blog article is a reprint of an interview Beth Fehlbaum did of me and posted July 31, 2013.

What's your book about?

In NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, it’s 1972 and a 15-year-old Chamorro boy, Kiko, discovers that his mother had been raped by a Japanese soldier during the WWII Japanese occupation of Guam. What he doesn’ Read More 

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WRITING ABOUT RAPE IN YA

Beth Fehlbaum, author of BIG FAT DISASTER (Merit Press, tbr March 2014) asked me to write an article about “Talking About the Tough Stuff: Controversial Content” for Uncommon YA (July 19, 2013).

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PROLOGUES: Reasons Against and For in Children's Lit

An editor leading a retreat told us there is no good reason for a prologue, to just begin the story at Chapter 1. Yet, authors do use prologues successfully in adult and children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction. As I was preparing to write this article on prologues I opened my e-mail box to this  Read More 
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ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (EFL) LEVELED READERS

Last week seven out of nine English as a Foreign Language (EFL) leveled readers I wrote for Compass Publishing were released on-line. Compass is a Korean publisher. These books represent several ‘firsts’ for me. I had written HI/LO (high interest-low reading level), leveled test passages, and education and library books for set grade  Read More 

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CHANGES IN 30 YEARS OF BOOK PUBLISHING

Even though technically I am a debut novelist (NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, tbr Jan. 18, 2014, Merit Press), my first four fiction picture storybooks for ages 5-9 were published in 1985. After a long sidestep into journalism and teaching, when I came back to children’s lit I published in nonfiction books. For those who grew up on  Read More 

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eXtreme X-overs

I bought pictures books for my dad for his birthday this year. He is in his late 80s. Why would I buy picture books (PB) for anyone over the age of eight? Because some PBs are what I call extreme cross-overs. They have high quality artwork. They have topics of interest to older men. ( Read More 

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