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    Edgar Nomination to Dori Butler

    Congratulations are in order for my friend, Dori Butler! She was present at my first ever Novel Revision Retreat and encouraged me to take it on the road. Now, the first book in her series, The Buddy Files, has been named a finalist for the Edgar award, juvenile category. The Edgars are awarded to the best mysteries of the year.

    Now, here’s something I know: Dori has ALWAYS wanted to win this award and hoped someday a YA novel would hit this list. She was floored to be nominated for her this book, but totally and utterly thrilled. You can read more about her series in this interview where she gives advice to her younger self.

    The 65th Gala Edgars Awards Banquet is April 28, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Dori, I’m rooting for you and Buddy to win this one!

  • FREE Mss Review: has announced a chance for a free YA/MG manuscript review. Deborah Halverson was my editor at Harcourt until she decided to stay home with her triplets (imagine that!). And she has a new forthcoming book, Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies, which will include a sidebar I wrote on Book Trailers. The deadline to enter the Free Giveaway and get your own substantive edit on your mss is January 31. Hurry! See full details here.

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