Friday, March 23, 2012

NYC Teen Author Festival

I am thrilled to announce that I will be participating in the 2012 NYC Teen Author Festival, along with a cast of some of the biggest and most exciting up and coming authors in YA publishing world!

This incredible event is the brainchild of David Levithan, Scholastic Press editorial director, founder of  PUSH, the young adult Scholastic Press imprint. He is also an author! The amount of time this man has put into the NYC Teen Author Festival is astounding. Just read through the wow-packed schedule below and you'll see....

Monday, March 26  (Mulberry Street Branch of the NYPL, 10 Jersey Street b/w Mulberry and Lafayette, 6-8):  Plotting Dangerously:  Doing What it Takes to Find the Story
Coe Booth
Jen Calonita
Paul Griffin
Deborah Heiligman
Melissa Kantor
Morgan Matson
Kieran Scott
Melissa Walker
moderator: David Levithan

Tuesday, March 27  (McNally Jackson Bookstore,  52 Prince Street, 7-8:30):
The Mutual Admiration Society Reading
Madeleine George
Ellen Hopkins
David Levithan
Jennifer Smith
John Corey Whaley

Wednesday. March 28 (42nd St NYPL, Bergen Forum, 6-8): 
Things Fall Apart: World Building and World Destroying in YA
Anna Carey
Sarah Beth Durst
Anne Heltzel
Jeff Hirsch
Andy Marino
Lauren McLaughlin
Lissa Price
Jon Skovron
moderator:  Chris Shoemaker

Thursday, March 29:
The NYC Big Read, 10am at schools and libraries across the city

Friday March 30, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Bergen Room, 2-6)

2:00 – Introduction

2:10-3:00: Being Friends With Boys
Elizabeth Eulberg
Jenny Han
Terra Elan McVoy
Stephanie Perkins
moderator:  Sarah Mlynowski

3:00-3:50:  The Writer as Time Traveler:  Writing the Past While Sitting in the Present
Judy Blundell
Matthew Cody
Jennifer Donnelly
Leanna Renee Hieber
Suzanne Weyn
moderator:  David Levithan

3:50-4:40:  No Ordinary Love:  How to Create a Satisfying Love Story and a Satisfying Supernatural World at the Same Time
Andrea Cremer
Melissa de la Cruz
Jeri Smith-Ready
Victoria Schwab
Margaret Stohl
moderator:  Barry Lyga

4:40-5:30:  New Voices Spotlight
Emily Danforth
Kate Ellison
Lucas Klauss
Carley Moore
Alecia Whitaker

Friday March 30, Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater/Signing (Union Square B&N, 33 E 17th St, 7-8:30)
Andrea Cremer
Emily Danforth
Lucas Klauss
Stephanie Perkins
Siobhan Vivian
John Corey Whaley
moderator:  David Levithan

Saturday March 31, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL,  Bergen Room, 1-5)
1:00 – Introduction

1:10-2:00 – Rising to the Challenge: YA Characters Facing Down What Life Throws Them

Tara Altebrando
Matt Blackstone
Susane Colasanti
Kody Keplinger
Siobhan Vivian
K.M. Walton
moderator:  David Levithan

2:00-2:50 -- Killer Instincts:  Death, Murder, and the YA Novel
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Gina Damico
Kim Harrington
Barry Lyga
moderator:  Marie Rutkoski

2:50-4:00 -- Moments of Truth: Characters at a Crossroads
Natasha Friend
Margie Gelbwasser
Jennifer Hubbard
Stewart Lewis
Sarah Darer Littman
Jess Rothenberg
Daisy Whitney
moderator:  E. Lockhart

4:00-5:00 – Looking Forward to Fall
David Levithan
Brian Meehl
Marie Rutkoski
Alyssa Scheinmel
Eliot Schrefer

Sunday April 1:  Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (Books of Wonder, 1-4): 

Jennifer Barnes      (Every Other Day, Egmont)
Matt Blackstone    (A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie, FSG)
Caroline Bock     (LIE, St. Martin’s)
Jen Calonita        (Belles, Little Brown)
Anna Carey        (Eve, Harper)
Susane Colasanti    (So Much Closer, Penguin)
Andrea Cremer    (Bloodrose, Penguin)
Gina Damico        (Croak, HMH)
Emily Danforth    (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Harper)
Jocelyn Davies    (A Beautiful Dark, Harper)       
Sarah Beth Durst    (Drink, Slay, Love, S&S)
Elizabeth Eulberg    (Take a Bow, Scholastic)
Gayle Forman        (Where She Went, Penguin)
Natasha Friend    (For Keeps, Penguin)
Kim Harrington    (Perception, Scholastic)
Barry Lyga        (I Hunt Killers, Little Brown)
Daisy Whitney    (The Rivals, Little Brown)           

Margie Gelbwasser    (Pieces of Us, Flux)
Alissa Grosso        (Popular, Flux)       
Jenny Han        (We’ll Always Have Summer, S&S)               
Leanna Renee Hieber    (Darker Still, Sourcebooks)               
Anne Heltzel        (Circle Nine, Candlewick)
Jeff Hirsch        (The Eleventh Plague, Scholastic)
Jennifer Hubbard    (Try Not to Breathe, Penguin)
Melissa Jensen    (The Fine Art of True or Dare, Penguin)
PG Kain        (Famous for Thirty Seconds, S&S)           
Melissa Kantor    (The Darlings in Love, Hyperion)
Kody Keplinger    (Shut Out, Little Brown)
Lucas Klauss        (Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse, S&S)
David Levithan    (Every You, Every Me, RH)
Stewart Lewis        (You Have Seven Messages, RH)
Sarah Darer Littman    (Want to Go Private?, Scholastic)
Elisa Ludwig        (Pretty Crooked, S&S)

Carolyn Mackler    (The Future of Us, Penguin)       
Andy Marino        (Unison Spark, FSG)
Wendy Mass        (13 Gifts, Scholastic)
Terra Elan McVoy    (The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, S&S)   
Lauren McLaughlin    (Scored, RH)
Sarah Mlynowski    (Ten Things We Did, RH)
Carley Moore        (The Stalker Chronicles, FSG)
E. C. Myers        (Fair Coin, Pyr)
Michael Northrop    (Plunked, Scholastic)
Micol Ostow        (What Would My Cell Phone Do?, Penguin)       
Stephanie Perkins    (Lola and the Boy Next Door, Penguin)
Jessica Rotherberg    (The Catastrophic History of You and Me, Penguin)
Marie Rutkoski    (The Jewel of the Kalderash, FSG)
Erin Saldin         (The Girls of No Return, Scholastic)
Leila Sales        (Past Perfect, S&S)
Kieran Scott        (He’s So Not Worth It, S&S)

Melissa De La Cruz    (Lost in Time, Hyperion)
Alyssa Sheinmel,     (The Lucky Kind, RH)
Jennifer Smith        (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Little Brown)
Jeri Smith-Ready    (Shift, S&S)
Jon Skovron        (Misfit, Abrams)
Victoria Schwab    (The Near Witch, Hyperion)
Mark Shulman        (Are You Normal?, National Geographic)
Margaret Stohl    (Beautiful Chaos, Little Brown)
Arlaina Tibensky    (And Then Things Fell Apart, S&S)           
Siobhan Vivian    (The List, Scholastic)
Melissa Walker    (Small Town Sinners, Bloomsbury)
K.M. Walton        (Cracked, S&S)
John Corey Whaley    (Where Things Come Back, S&S)
Alecia Whitaker    (The Queen of Kentucky, Little Brown)
Maryrose Wood    (The Unseen Guest, Harper)
Natalie Zaman     and Charlotte Bennardo    (Sirenz, Flux)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Elisa Ludwig's Launch Event

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of attending Elisa Ludwig's launch event for her debut novel PRETTY CROOKED. Elisa is a fellow Apocalypsie and a friend.

My iPhone makes everyone's eyes go white when the flash is on. I hate that.
Despite me going to 3rd and Chestnut in Philadelphia when I was supposed to be at 37th and Chestnut--which was my own dumb fault and it made me an hour late for the event--I had a great time. It was so cool to see a fellow author experience the wonder of signing books for the first time. I also got to see other wonderful Apocalypsies: E. C. Myers, Eve Marie Mont, Monica Carnesi, and Tiffany Schmidt--as well as Philly Lit Nighter & Lucky 13er, Jessica Corra. Another pleasure was seeing one of my favorite people, Heather from Children's Book World in Haverford, PA.

The day was made of yummy win. Jessica insisted I try one of the mocktails - a Basil/Lime Spritzer - good lord it was delicious. Then I munched on roasted hazelnuts, white bean bruschetta and grapes, topped off with a *ahem* few dark chocolate coconut thingies from heaven.

I can't wait to dive into PRETTY CROOKED!

Congratulations, Elisa. Enjoy the ride!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday Smorgasbord

I have crawled out from the cave of revision and am now smack in the middle of my ghost story again. My fingers are covered in band-aids. I've been a very naughty cuticle picker. Bad writer. Bad.

I've also been a bad blogger.

But I'm back today with a bunch of various things to share. A smorgasbord if you will.

1. Words of encouragement:
To anyone in query-land I say this: Keep Writing. Start something new. It's one of the best ways to get better at your craft.
Harriet Beecher Stowe says this: When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. 
2. Thank you to all of the wonderful new people I've been meeting at my book signing and events. It has been a pleasure shaking your hands and talking books. 
3. To any librarians out there: I will be signing books at the Simon & Schuster booth this Thursday from 10 - 11 AM, at the Public Library Association's National Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Stop by and say hello!

4. My first newsletter went out! If you'd like to sign up to receive the K. M. Walton Newsletter each month in your email, look to your right and click on the link. It's where you can be kept up to date on upcoming events, signing, news, as well as lots of other fun stuff.

5. I will be organizing my Street Team. Finally. If you'd like to be a member of my exclusive Street Team, shoot me an email at kmwalton1 at verizon dot net and I'll give you the full details. It doesn't cost a dime and it's fun, fun, fun.

6. If you, or anyone you know, lives in the Collegeville/Phoenixville/Trappe PA area, I will be conducting a Teen Writing Workshop Saturday, March 24, 2012 at The Towne Book Center & Cafe in Trappe, PA, from 3 - 4:30 PM. Interested teens must sign up prior to the event in order to secure a spot. Following the workshop there will be a book signing at 4:30 PM open to the public.