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Cynthia Leitich Smith
Works at children's-YA literature
Attended University of Michigan Law School
Lived in Austin, Texas
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"In music, a refrain is a repeated phrase, verse or group of verses repeated at intervals. Used by authors, repetitions emphasize emotion." --Anne Bustard: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2015/04/guest-post-giveaway-anne-bustard-on.html
By Anne Bustard for Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations Every writer wants her work to sing. Writing that sings is exquisitely crafted. It lifts its voice in praise of language. Its story is pitch perfect. It invites readers t...
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Thank you, Texas Library Association & +Candlewick Press for a wonderful week, celebrating library science & books for young readers!
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Kudos to Texas Institute of Letters award winners +Nikki Loftin  (Nightingale's Nest) and Claudia Guadalupe Martinez (Pig Park) as well as @Pat Mora and Libby Martinez - Children's Author (I Pledge Allegiance)!
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Seeking a pro freelance editor? Consider Francoise Bui (formerly of @randomhousekids) http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2015/04/interview-freelance-editor-francoise-bui.html
By Cynthia Leitich Smith for Cynsations How would you describe yourself? A writing coach? Freelance editor? Independent study instructor? Definitely a freelance editor. I'm not a writing teacher. I love to work on manuscripts...
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Trends, wisdom & reflections in children's-YA writing, illustrating and publishing!
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WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS! And we need them NOW! Join us this afternoon as five awesome YA authors are here to discuss diversity in YA literature. I. W. Gregorio, Natalie C. Parker, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton and Marike Nijkamp will all be here to talk about their novels, their writing ...
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Honest, courageous insights from +Joy Preble on being a mid-career, mid-list author: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2015/04/guest-post-joy-preble-on-being-mid.html
By Joy Preble for Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations I took pause for a moment when my lovely friend and mentor, Cyn Leitich Smith, asked me to write about what it’s like to be at this stage in my career. “You know,” she said...
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At #TXLA15? I'd love to see you there! Swing by my signing today (4/15) & say "howdy" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in aisle 12 of the author area via the lovely folks at +Candlewick Press! See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi4bxtrYy9I
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“'We’re not just talking to ourselves; we’re able to reach parents and teachers who might not have the resources to go to a national conference and hear the panels,'” says Austin’s Cynthia Leitich Smith, a member of the We Need Diverse Books advisory board and best-selling author of the 'Tantalize' and 'Feral' series." Also +Chris Barton  +Varian Johnson +Don Tate +Jo Whittemore +Bethany Hegedus +BookPeopleAustin; see: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/lifestyles/parenting/local-authors-leading-campaign-for-more-diverse-ch/nkpxQ/#3993ca9c.3962782.735698
Quick, check your kids’ bookshelf: How many characters look just like them?
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Central Texans! Join YA authors Sona Charaipotra​, Dhonielle Clayton, I.W. Gregorio, Marieke Nijkamp​ & Natalie Parker​ for a  We Need Diverse Books​ panel discussion and (free!) writing workshop from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at BookPeople​ in #Austin. Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Xt6GhPuCGDcD52oyvC3RNYZh47DpDgmNsXrSWTrABOk/viewform?c=0&w=1
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"Choose yourself. Don’t wait for the publisher to promote your book to lead title. Don’t wait for your head to be graced with a crown or your slippers to be buried in laurels. Raise that chin and vow to do this..."  http://joysnovelidea.blogspot.com/2015/04/talking-craft-diversity-and-genre.html?m=1 Thank you, +Joy Preble 
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Occupation
children's-YA book author, speaker, writing teacher
Employment
  • children's-YA literature
    author-speaker-teacher-blogger, 1998 - present
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Previously
Austin, Texas
Story
Tagline
New York Times best-selling author of books for young readers
Introduction
New York Times & Publishers Weekly bestselling author of fiction for young readers. The Tantalize and Feral series for YAs, books like Jingle Dancer for kids. Graphic novelist. Represented by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown, Ltd. Fond of cats, comics & cocoa.
Bragging rights
Austin SCBWI, Writers' League of Texas, member of the VCFA community
Education
  • University of Michigan Law School
    law, 1991 - 1994
  • University of Kansas
    Journalism, 1986 - 1990
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Gender
Female