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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

25: 2011 Debut Authors: Book Launching

Tonight we heard from four amazing, enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable newly published authors. They're fresh from the querying/submission trenches and have all sorts of advice.

Tyler Whitesides is the author of JANITORS, a middle-grade fantasy book inspired by his own experience as an elementary school janitor. Unsurprisingly, the janitors help the kids battle the creatures who suck kids' smarts out and make them sleepy in class. JANITORS came out in August, and Tyler is currently on an extensive tour, courtesy of his publisher Shadow Mountain.

Amber Argyle is the author of WITCH SONG, a YA high fantasy about the last untrained witch standing against an evil witch who has steadily taken over all the other witches. Amber's magic system, uses singing to help the witches manipulate the forces of nature. WITCH SONG launched September 1, and Amber has been busy presenting at local conferences. She is published through Rhemalda.

Michelle Davidson-Argyle   is the author of MONARCH, a spy thriller involving a framed spy, a lost love, and lots and lots of butterflies. MONARCH launched September 15, also through Rhemalda. She has one coming out next year and an anthology coming out in 2013.

Robison Wells is the author of VARIANT, a YA sci-fi with dystopian elements.  Published by Harper Collins, VARIANT launched early on October 4 to accommodate Barnes & Noble's promotion schedule. It deals with a foster kid who goes to a strange new boarding school, which turns out to be more like Lord of the Flies meets Maze Runner. Rob, whose day-job is in marketing, suggests that you should promote our books in ways you enjoy. For example, he does a podcast with Sara Eden and Marion Jensen called The Appendix.

Listen to all their amazing advice below, download the MP3, or subscribe to our podcast.

In other news, this 'cast marks the end of our first season here at Authors' Advisory. It's been an amazing ride, full of such powerful, informative guests and loyal callers. Thanks to everyone who has helped make Authors' Advisory a success!


  1. Robin- It was a fun 'cast tonight and now I have more novels to find to fill my shelves. I heartily second your sentiment, may this year milestone be one of many for Farland's Authors' Advisory!

  2. Congrats on the one year anniversary guys. This show was a great way to top off the year. Hearing from newly published authors (maybe newly genre'd in Rob Wells's case) was fun. They make the entire business seem less daunting.

    -- david j.

  3. Mike--here, here!

    David--Thanks! Recent success seems more easily replicable, doesn't it? :)


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