Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dear Teen Me

I got the news a few months back but am just now officially able to share with everyone. I am lucky enough to say that I will be in the upcoming Dear Teen Me anthology! This may not be big news to anyone else, but I'm tickled pink. It's my first published piece! Ever! I'm in a book! Something I wrote is actually in a book.

The official title is Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves and is slated for publication on October 31st, 2012 from Zest Books. The book is edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson.

Miranda Kenneally is the author of Catching Jordan, a contemporary YA novel about football and femininity (December 2011). Other books include Playing Parker (Fall 2012) and Bad, Bad Thing (Spring 2013). Miranda is also the co-creator, with E. Kristin Anderson, of the Dear Teen Me  blog and book (Zest Books, November 2012). @MirandaKennealy 

E. Kristin Anderson is the co-editor of the upcoming Dear Teen Me anthology (Zest Books, November 2012), based on the website of the same name. As a poet she has been published worldwide in around two dozen literary journals, from the indie-queen Fuselit, to the prestigious Cimarron Review. She is also an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children's section. @ek_anderson

Below is the cover, as well as the list of contributing authors and the titles of our letters:

1. E. Kristin Anderson—Want. Take. Have
2. Jessica LeeAnderson—Contents Under Pressure
3. Tom Angleberger—Shhhhhh!
4. Sean Beaudoin—Frame Me and Nail Me to the Wall
5. CharlesBenoit—Reinventing Me
6. Robin Benway—9 Things You Need to Know
7. Ilsa J. Bick—The Knife
8. Marke Bieschke—Dance Dance Revolution
9. Joseph Bruchac—First Kiss . . .ish
10. Jessica Burkhart—Trust Is as Important as Love
11. Josh A. Cagan—Thank You, Oily Pizza
12. Riley Carney—Nothing’s Impossible
13. Tera Lynn Childs—The Future Isn’t Everything
14. Jessica Corra—The Principal’s Office
15. Heather Davis—Raising Me
16. Daniel Ehrenhaft—Getting Stood Up
17. Laura EllenLosing Your Sight Shouldn’t Mean Losing Your Rights
18. Beth Fantaskey—I Hope You Dance—to the Theme from Bonanza
19. Caridad Ferrer—Jekyll & Hyde
20. Michael Griffo—Be Honest with Yourself
21. Janet Gurtler—The Skinny Girl
22. Kersten Hamilton—It’s About to Get Worse
23. Bethany Hegedus—Going All the Way
24. Geoff Herbach—You Are the Electric Boogaloo
25. Faith Erin Hicks—No Calls from Spielberg Yet
26. Nancy Holder—When Dance Was Your World
27. K. A. Holt—Lois Lowry and the Space-Time Continuum vs. Boys
28. P. J. Hoover—Seeping Through the Cracks
29. Ellen Hopkins—Finding Your Voice
30. Stacey Jay—Who Needs Luck?
31. Carrie Jones—Seizures
32. Mike Jung—Regarding Your Commendable Decision to Live
33. Stasia WardKehoe—Getting Past the Fear
34. Tara Kelly—Bad Girl
35. Miranda Kenneally—Pick Up the Phone and Call Him Back. Right. Now.
36. Stephanie Kuehnert—He Broke More Than Your Heart
37. Mary Lindsey—Hope Until the Last Second
38. Nikki Loftin—The Ramifications of Mouthing Off to Cute Boys
39. Katherine Longshore—The Best Days of Our Lives? Really?
40. Ken Lowery—Winging It
41. Kekla Magoon—The Balancing Act
42. Mari Mancusi—What the Bully Stole
43. Gretchen McNeil—All the World’s a Stage
44. Jodi Meadows—The Pursuit of (Moments of) Happiness
45. Saundra Mitchell—This Is Not Your Story
46. Hannah Moskowitz—Get Better
47. Jenny Moss—What I Really Want
48. Sarah Ockler—Dancing with the Dead
49. Lauren Oliver & Elizabeth Miles—Best Friends Forever (for Real)
50. Stephanie Pellegrin—Just Be Yourself
51. Mitali Perkins—First Kiss
52. Cheryl Rainfield—Keep Hold of Your Strength
53. Dave Roman—Special Delivery from Your Excellent Future
54. Jess Rothenberg—Stop Obsessing, Kiss That Guy, and Party Like It’s 1999
55. Jennifer Rush—All Roads Lead Somewhere
56. Amy Kathleen Ryan—Smile!
57. Tom Ryan—Sing It Out
58. Leila Sales—I’m Not Going to Give You Any Good Advice
59. Cynthia Leitich Smith— Friends in Dark Places
60. JessicaSpotswood—Finding Him
61. Erika Stalder—Boys, Boys, Boys…
62. Rhonda Stapleton—Chunky
63. Mariko Tamaki—Keeping Quiet
64. Don Tate—Stolen Jeans, Smoke Rings, and Self-Esteem
65. Melissa Walker—You’re So Right But So Wrong
66. Tracy White—100% True, Guaranteed
67. Jo Whittemore—All Kinds of Sexy
68. Sara Zarr—What Is a Friend?
69. Jennifer Ziegler—Facing Facts: Makeovers Don’t Change a Thing

You can currently preorder the book from Amazon or Books A Million and you can follow Zest Books on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Goodreads.

It seems a little weird to see my name listed up there. (I mean, I'm next to Lauren Oliver!) I've looked up to some of my fellow authors for years, so to be included in a project like this is truly an amazing experience.