Waukee residents Jan Blazanin and Wendy Delsol are participating in a Barnes & Noble Book on Sunday, December 5th to benefit the Waukee Public Library

Waukee Public Library Barnes & Noble Book Fair

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Sunday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 4550 University Ave.

A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will be used to purchase new items for the library!

Can’t attend our bookfair?
Visit, BN.com/bookfairs to support us online from 12/5/10 to 12/10/10 by entering Bookfair ID 10240877 at checkout.

Fun WPL events happening at B&N during the book fair:

1 p.m. Storytime with Maryann

2 p.m. Author Jan Blazanin will be signing her book, “Fairest of Them All.”

3 p.m. Author Wendy Delsol will be signing her book, “Stork.”

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Wendy Delsol guest blogs at savvyauthors.

Interview copied below:

WHY IT NEVER HURTS TO MAKE A FEW GOOD PALS By Wendy Delsol

Published: 08-21-2010 07:00 AM
Because writing is such a solitary endeavor, it helps to cultivate a few pals. In my case, PAL is actually an acronym for Published Authors’ Liaison . I’m convinced that at every stage of a writer’s career it’s essential to find and sustain support. While honing the craft and agent/editor hunting, critique groups and writers’ conferences are great resources. But who do you turn to once you’ve signed that first contract? Among authors, what opportunities exist to network, share information, and provide mutual promotional support? I couldn’t find anything like it in the Des Moines area, so I just went ahead and started one. Thus, the Published Authors’ Liaison of Central Iowa was born.

At PAL’s July 2009 first meeting, eight writers (representing an array of genres: mystery, literary, women’s fiction, YA fiction, children’s, and middle grade) met for introductions.

Since that first meeting, PAL has met four more times and its membership has grown to eleven (now including the genres of science fiction, food, and historical nonfiction).

In the group’s first year, the following topics were addressed:

Just who qualifies for membership? Certainly, a society of published writers can take many forms. For our purposes, it was decided to follow the guidelines of organizations such as Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America and define published as advance earning authors who are with a non-vanity, non-subsidy, non-electronic book publisher. In limiting membership this way, our goal is to focus on the promotional obligations and expectations specific to the publisher/author relationship.

What is our mission? To network, share information, and provide mutual promotional support.

How is this mission accomplished? Being the busy-bee writers that we are, it was decided that we’d meet four times a year, seasonally as it turns out. Each meeting would have an assigned topic. Below are some of the tangible outcomes of the group’s collaboration:
For the Writer’s Guide to 2010 by Writer’s Institute Publications , Sharelle Byars Moranville contributed an article entitled “Beethoven Versus the Crickets, Description in Fiction.” Fellow PAL writers—Kali Vanbaale , Mike Manno , Rebecca Janni , Kimberly Stuart , Eileen Boggess , Jan Blazanin —and I were quoted for the article. Free publicity none of us would have received had we not teamed with Sharelle for mutual promotion.

PAL of Central Iowa now has its own blog. Content and categories include meeting details, author profiles, author news, and book launch announcements. All PAL members have access to the blog’s dashboard and can post on any topic related to writing.

PAL of Central Iowa has a facebook fan page. Again, all members can post status updates on any author-related topics.
At the launch parties for Eileen Boggess’s MIA THE MELODRAMATIC, Rebecca Janni’s EVERY COWGIRL NEEDS A HORSE, and Mike Manno’s END OF THE LINE, fellow PAL members were in attendance. Writers often share stories of sparsely attended bookstore events. Not only do PAL members give priority to one another’s appearances, but also help spread the word. Nor does it hurt to have a few friendly faces in the crowd ready with an interesting query should the audience get shy during the question and answers period.
PAL members have researched and shared information on book fairs and author events where signings and book sales will take place. One such example is the Iowa Center for the Book’sThe Write Stuff: Iowa Author Fair 2010” .

Busy freelance writer Sharelle Byars Moranville, partnering with fellow PAL member Jan Blazanin, again penned an article, this time for The Writer’s Guide to 2011. The article entitled “Promotion Motion” opened with a description of our very first PAL meeting. The piece interviews members Rebecca Janni, Susan Maupin Schmid, and me. Regarding PAL, I state: “Ironically, the act of writing is an introspective undertaking. The type of personality that is well suited to hours of contemplation and reflection isn’t always the most outgoing or gregarious of temperaments. Nonetheless, a book requires promotion and today’s author is expected to sing its—and our own—praises. It’s comforting and encouraging to have backup singers. With any luck, they can dance too!”

PAL’s August 2010 meeting took place at Beaverdale Books and discussed opportunities for cross promotion between authors and independent bookstores with owner Alice Meyer. It was fascinating to view the book industry from the perspective of a bookseller. Alice shared her trust in the Midwest Booksellers Association as a source for book recommendations. New Pages was cited as a source for a state-by-state listing of independent books, while Alice reiterated that a local angle and personal contact from the author often makes a difference when selecting titles for the shelf. Finally, our group and Beaverdale Books will cross promote via website links.

Next up for PAL, Tweeting 101. Those members who have successfully been using this form of social media will help get their fellow writers up to speed on the @ing, #ing, and DMing of Twitter.

Today’s writers wear many hats, one of which is that of circus barker. So even if it’s entirely out of your comfort range and makes you feel like, well, a freak, it helps to have support. So, what the heck, sign up a few fellow writers, pitch a tent, hand out megaphones, and spread the step-right-up message. Your book will have multiple promoters and more than likely you’ll make a few new friends—PALs—in the process.

Bio: Wendy Delsol (http://www.wendydelsol.com) writes both young adult and women’s fiction. Her YA novel STORK releases with Candlewick Press on October 12, 2010. In 2011, The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls will be published in August by Penguin and Stork’s sequel, FROST, will release in September, again with Candlewick.

(note: PAL picture includes, left to right: Kimberly Stuart, Wendy Delsol, Wini Moranville, Kali VanBaale, Susan Maupin Schmid, Jan Blazanin, Rebecca Janni, Mike Manno, Sharelle Byars Moranville)

Enter to win a copy of Wendy Delsol‘s YA novel STORK via Goodreads. Contest runs through 6/28/2010. Book releases on 10/12/2010. Good luck to all entrants!

Click here for details.

In a Publishers Weekly article recapping BEA 2010, Wendy Delsol’s STORK is cited as one of the “Big Children’s Books of the Show.” Copy reads: Several debuts have been gaining early attention … Candlewick has big hopes for Wendy Delsol’s Stork (Oct.), which the house’s Kate Derosie called “Alice Hoffman for younger readers.”

Wendy Delsol’s STORK was cited in a Publishers Weekly article as one of the “Debuts to Watch” at the 2010 BEA.

Click link for full article: BEA 2010: Kids’ Galleys to Grab

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: WENDY DELSOL

What genre do you write in? What books have you written? What are they about?

I write in two genres: YA and women’s fiction. My debut YA novel STORK will be published by Candlewick Press on October 12, 2010.

STORK is the story of smart and sassy Katla (Kat) Gudrun Leblanc, a sixteen-year-old L.A. fashionista, whose life is upended after a move to tiny Norse Falls Minnesota – her mother’s hometown of Icelandic heritage. As if being the new kid isn’t challenging enough, Kat is mysteriously drawn to an ancient order of bird women with extraordinary powers. Complicating things further is Jack Snjosson, an aloof farm boy. Given the rocky start to their relationship, Kat’d never believe they share a history – never mind destiny.

Tell us about yourself?

I was born in Canada to British parents and grew up in the Detroit suburbs as the middle child of three girls. I have a degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. I did a university semester in Paris and then, after college, moved to Nice for a year. When back in the states, I followed some college friends out to Los Angeles where I attended grad school at California State University, Long Beach. In L.A., I worked as a tour coordinator in the travel industry. I am married and have two teenaged sons. About four years ago, my husband’s job brought us to Des Moines, Iowa.

What are you working on?

I have two novels that have been contracted and are in the editorial phase.

THE McCLOUD HOME FOR WAYWARD GIRLS is the story of three generations of the McCloud Family women. In the early 1960’s, spunky Ruby climbs from an unwed teen mother to wife of the home’s founder. Thirty years later, her two daughters make a sacrifice that will change everything. And present day, Jill struggles to keep a long-buried—and shocking—secret, while Fee’s teen rebellion forces everything to the surface. The book will be published by Berkley Books, a division of The Penguin Group, Inc. No word yet on a release date.

FROST is the sequel to STORK, in which Kat Leblanc’s soul-delivering powers grow, while a mysterious newcomer forces her to delve further into her family’s extraordinary Icelandic ancestry. At stake is not only her boyfriend Jack’s and her own survival, but climate as we know it.

What are three random things others wouldn’t know or guess about you?

Number one: I hate garlic—yuck, nasty, nasty stuff—but as far as I know, there is no vampire blood in my ancestry.

Number two: I love tennis. I love to play tennis, and I love to watch tennis. Roger Federer is MY IDOL.

Number three: I am easily brought to tears. Set a guy eating a sandwich to a dramatic piece of music, and I’ll need a tissue. It’s embarrassing and annoying, but entirely out of my control. And, yes, I cried—like a baby—when Federer finally won the French Open. But who didn’t?