Kell Andrews

Writer for children. Middle-grade debut, DEADWOOD, coming from Spencer Hill, June 2014. Member of Operation Awesome, Project Mayhem, SCBWI.Official site at www.kellandrews.com.

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Are there kings and queens in publishing? Patrick Ness says no, and I would like to believe this.

More on Operation Awesome

Here’s a post on Operation Awesome about my personal and writing goals for 2014. It’s simple but also very hard — I aim to create happiness in myself and others through both life and work. I’m taking inspiration from my friend Todd Marrone, who was a fantastic connector and inspiration to his students and friends, all while creating a breath-taking outpouring of creative work.

To celebrate the release of Salina Yoon’s PENGUIN AND PINECONE: A FRIENDSHIP STORY, I interviewed Salina about her amazing career illustrating, writing, and developing nearly 200 books for children. Plus I asked her to explain the difference between creating Penguin and Pinecone"character-driven" and "concept" books.

Where do ideas come from? For me, it’s from looking at ordinary things in a different way.

I’m getting ready for Picture Book Writing Month 2012 and reporting on last year’s results. What writing challenges are you up for?

On Operation Awesome, I talk about how happy I am with my small press book deal — even happier than those with bigger deals.

Winning the Bronze Medal

I’ve been writing and reading shorter works lately. I posted my thoughts on why short formats are hot lately and why I’m writing them, and listed a few current anthology calls for submissions.

Operation Awesome: Short Thoughts on Short Formats

Three Sisters

Continuing the theme of dark children’s literature, I look at Christina Rossetti’s nursery rhymes on the blog at Operation Awesome.

In 2009, one of my MG novels went on agented submission. For commiseration (and lots of giddy anticipation), through the magic of the Internet I found a cohort of 10 or 15 other MG and YA writers who were also on agented sub. And guess what? Not one of us sold! 

So long, giddy anticipation.

I remain convinced that those strange months at the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010  were a particularly horrendous time to go on sub. And the writers in that cohort have proved it through our progress and perseverance since that time. We’re all still writing. Some of us got new agents. Some of us didn’t. Some of us have sold books or self-published. 

My friend R.H. Russell has done it all. She now has two ex-agents and a self-published YA series (The Venture Books) and MG book (Linked, writing as Lisa Alden). She recently capped it all off by negotiating her own two-book deal with Sourcebooks.

I’m so inspired by the way she has taken charge of her own career, and I asked her to guest post about it at Operation Awesome:

Operation Awesome: R.H. Russell on selling her own 2-book deal and self-publishing another series

Check out the gorgeous wolf necklace my Operation Awesome buddy Angela J. Townsend sent to celebrate the upcoming publication of AMAROK from Spencer Hill Press. Here’s the description from Goodreads (go add it!):

Life has been hell for seventeen-year-old Emma since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Rejected by her father and living with the guilt of causing her mother’s death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her escape only leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining  Dragged across the tundra by a crazed mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she finds that her gentle touch and kind heart earn her the wolf’s friendship, and she names him Amarok, not knowing he was once a young man. When a vicious madman—trapped in bear form by an ancient Shaman—attacks the travelers and injures Amarok, Emma must find the strength to confront her fears and free the wolf she’s come to love. But there’s a catch—she must face down the evil shaman, a powerful Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age, and he has no intention of giving up his power to her.

Check out the gorgeous wolf necklace my Operation Awesome buddy Angela J. Townsend sent to celebrate the upcoming publication of AMAROK from Spencer Hill Press. Here’s the description from Goodreads (go add it!):

Life has been hell for seventeen-year-old Emma since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Rejected by her father and living with the guilt of causing her mother’s death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her escape only leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining Dragged across the tundra by a crazed mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she finds that her gentle touch and kind heart earn her the wolf’s friendship, and she names him Amarok, not knowing he was once a young man. When a vicious madman—trapped in bear form by an ancient Shaman—attacks the travelers and injures Amarok, Emma must find the strength to confront her fears and free the wolf she’s come to love. But there’s a catch—she must face down the evil shaman, a powerful Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age, and he has no intention of giving up his power to her.