I Got to Narrate Bob, the New Middle Grade Book by Wendy Mass!

I Got to Narrate Bob, the New Middle Grade Book by Wendy Mass!

Wow. So this actually happened: an author tweets that she likes one of my audiobooks, so I tweet back “thanks,” and one thing leads to another and suddenly I’m in New York City at Penguin Random House Audio, recording the narration for her next book!

That’s Wendy Mass up there in the photo with me, New York Times bestselling author of middle-grade fiction including The Candymakers, A Mango-Shaped Space, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. She’s teamed up with fellow NYT bestselling author Rebecca Stead on their latest creation, Bob. It’s a wonderful story about friendship, memory, and probably my favorite of all themes, coming home. (Btw, I performed “Bob,” and Nora Hunter performed “Livy.”)

What’s New at the Writer’s Digest Conference? Convergence

This was my first time at the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City in August, so actually everything was new to me. But the more I talked to people, and the more sessions I attended, I got the sense that this year was different: Big Publishing was talking more...