I like to read books of all kinds: historical novels, recent bestsellers, old classics, young adult (YA), middle grade (MG). Every year, when the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) announces the winners of its major book awards, I rush to buy the latest Newbery winner to read and add many of the others to my wish list or library account.
Check out the list of this year's winners: http://www.ala.org/alsc/2018-alsc-book-media-award-winners
What are you reading these days? Drop me a line and let me know!
Happy reading, everyone!
Authors dream of having great reviews of their books, do imagine my surprise —and delight— when I discovered that my new book, Stories from the Bible, received a wonderful review from Kirkus, one of the premier reviewers of books for all ages, and in all genres.
I loved that the reviewer recognized the "graceful Read More
I've been working hard on getting an Author Page set up on Facebook. The page can be found at: Kathleen Long Bostrom / Author. Feel free to leave comments and feedback!
I'll be adding more of my books in the next weeks, and sharing news and events.
I taught a class on Writing and Publishing Read More
Let's start with the bad news.
Last week, I had 5 books go out of print. Five. My Rufus and Ryan series counts for four of those. I love these books and the feedback has been great, but they aren't selling. And one of my Little Blessings books, What is Prayer, that has been in print since 2002 - yes, 13 years - is now out of print. Each book that goes out of print is a big loss to me. It's like people telling me, "I don't like your kids" (okay, that's worse, but still, any author knows what I mean). It's harder and harder these days to get visibility for one's books. There are few bookstores that stock children's religious books - and even the local Christian bookstore refused to put up a local author display, or have me come in for a book signing, because, as they said, "We do what corporate tells us. We don't make the decisions." We authors count on our readers to tell others about our books, to pass the word along (pun intended). We need good reviews and word of mouth excitement. Most of us aren't celebrities with a name that gets noticed - we just want to get our work into the hands of readers. Is that asking so much?
So that's the bad news.
The good news is that I have been added to the faculty for the 2016 Buechner Writer's Workshop, which will be held at Princeton Theological Seminary (my alma mater) June 7-11. I attended the first workshop in 2015 and it was phenomenal! I'll be teaching two workshops on writing for children. I'm ecstatic! Frederick Buechner is my chief writing mentor and it is such an honor to teach at a conference named after him.
Like all of life, the life of a writer has its ups and downs. Despite the downs, it's still a great life, and I am blessed beyond words - and that's saying something for someone who loves words!
I worked on my spiritual memoir, reminiscing about how close my brother and I were growing up, and thinking about how, through the years, we have kept that closeness. Again, I feel lucky, and blessed.
Much of the time, once Greg's conference ended, we hiked and kayaked and spent time exploring the area. Saw a magnificent sunset one night, which we watched while walking the beach with our little dog, Ellie. I am reminded that much of writing does not involve the actual writing, but taking in the beauty of the world, thinking while taking long walks. All the time, I find myself writing in my head, words that will never find their way to the page, and some that will, eventually.
Now we're home, and back to busy schedules, grateful for the respite and the time together just to enjoy this wonderful world. Read More
This year, my husband Greg and I traveled to the east coast, something we've always wanted to do this time of year. Read More