Pitch Wars 2017 #PimpMyBio

This is my first year participating in Pitch Wars or even knowing much of anything about it. This time last year I was completely out of the writing loop, as I had given myself the summer off of my MA in English and Creative Writing program and decided to skip out on Camp NaNoWriMo because my work life in the summer is wild. So I was ignoring all things writing while I focused on Summer Reading Club and keeping my library afloat while we were short a manager and two other staff.

This year things are (somewhat) more balanced so I am taking a whack at Pitch Wars!

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Now, on with it.

C’est Moi

Hi! I’m Haley Kral!

I’m a children’s librarian at a public library, which means I spend my day reading picture books, doing storytime, helping people use the computers, and any number of random things that come up. People think being a librarian means sitting somewhere very quiet and maybe reading but that is not the case! My job is often noisy and stressful but I love what I do. In a given week I help people apply for jobs, teach STEAM programs to children, give reading suggestions, and clean up messes.

For fun I read, watch TV, go to live shows when I can, eat with friends, do pub trivia, spin yarn, and my boyfriend and I are building a witchy dollhouse.

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Some random facts in no particular order:

  1. I love Alice in Wonderland (in the above photo I have on an Alice dress, bow, and necklace and was going to see a ballet version of the story).
  2. I collect tea pots.
  3. I now own 6 spinning wheels.
  4. My house is also occupied by two black cats, a large dog, and two hamsters that look like mice.
  5. I grew up on a small farm and I’ve lived in Texas my entire life.
  6. I’m an occasional book reviewer at AllAboutRomance.com.
  7. I met my boyfriend on the internet.
  8. I speak French well but not fluently.
  9. If you’re around me in real life, I swear. A lot.
  10. I love all things witchy.

The Book

Or Rumpelstiltskin meets fae meets romance meets trouble.

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This is a YA Fantasy retelling of Rumpelstiltskin set in the fictional country of Wilhelm. I wrote the manuscript as the thesis for my MA Creative Writing program, and it tells the story of Alary Mueller who, while trying to save her father from the king’s dungeon, gets embroiled in a fae plot to bring down the king.

In a mentor, I am looking for someone who can help me tighten my writing and fix issues like overall pacing and plotting. I have taken this story through peer and professor workshops so I am used to taking and using critiques. I’m not afraid to hear what needs to be fixed and work on it.

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#YABkLove Day 31: What’s Next for YA?

#YABkLove Day 31

Today isn’t so much about sharing books as it is about sharing thoughts. What do you think is coming in the future of the YA genre? What changes do you think will happen or should happen? Do you think different types of books will be published? What things would you like to see? This is an open forum to whatever you want to see happen for YA in the next, let’s say, 5 years.

 

Also, thank you to everyone who has participated in #YABkLove this month!

#YABkLove Day 30: Coming in 2018

#YABkLove Day 30

It is only halfway through 2017, but are there any releases for 2018 that you are already anticipating? Perhaps it is a sequel to something you’ve read or a debut you’ve been hearing buzz about. Share what 2018 releases you know about so everyone can start looking forward to them as well!

If you don’t know any for 2018, you can also share releases for the end of 2017.

 

#YABkLove Day 27: Older Titles #TBT

#YABkLove Day 27

For today, I’d like to see titles that you read more than 5 years ago, maybe more than 7 years ago, that are still worth attention. In the library world, teen books start being considered obsolete after 5 years unless they are actively circulating, so what books would be past that time but still worth a read? You can go even older than that if you can think of some.

For some of this, that won’t be hard because 5-7 years ago doesn’t feel that long. For perspective, I read Twilight 10 years ago.

For me, one of the oldest YA series I remember reading was the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. Were they good? I don’t even recall. I just know in high school I loved all things witches and I read them all, and they were super short.

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Also towards the end of high school I read the House of Night series by P.C. Cast. I still see these check out at the library.

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What are your throw back titles?

#YABkLove Day 26: Adaptations

#YABkLove Day 26

It is day 26 and we have finally made it to my wheelhouse: adaptations! Let’s talk updated versions of fairy tales, myths, retold classics, folklore, etc. This was a huge trend about a year to three years ago but it is dying off now (you know, just as I finished my own fairy tale retelling manuscript). I still love them and I think there are some great ones to talk about.

Here are some of my favorites: