Tucson Festival of Books

Getting Your Middle Grade Novel Published


Authors share their strategies and tips for getting their debut middle grade novels published--both what did not work and what was effective.


Panelists
P. Djèlí Clark

Born in New York and raised mostly in Houston, P. Djèlí Clark spent the formative years of his life in the homeland of his parents, Trinidad and Tobago. He is the author of the novels "A Master of Djinn" and "Abeni's Song" and the novellas "Ring Shout," "The Black God's Drums" and "The Haunting of Tram Car 015," and he is a contributor to the #1 New York Times best-seller "Black Boy Joy....

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Matt McMann

As a professional musician, Matt McMann played an NFL stadium, a cruise ship and the International Twins Convention. Now he writes the kind of spooky mystery-adventure books he loved as a kid, including the "Monsterious" series....

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Michelle Mohrweis

Michelle Mohrweis is a STEM educator and space enthusiast. Their books include "The Problem with Gravity" and "The Trouble with Robots." When not writing, they can be found launching paper rockets down the middle of their street....

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Books:
Abeni's Song
P. Djèlí Clark
Children
Tor Publishing Group
July 2023
ISBN 9781250825827
336 pages

The Problem with Gravity
Michelle Mohrweis
Children
Holiday House
September 2023
ISBN 9781682635957
288 pages

Escape from Grimstone Manor (Monsterious, Book 1)
Matt McMann
Children
Penguin Young Readers Group
May 2023
ISBN 9780593530719
192 pages
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The Beast of Skull Rock (Monsterious, Book 4)
Matt McMann
Children
Penguin
January 2024
ISBN 9780593530801
208 pages
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The Trouble with Robots
Michelle Mohrweis
Children / Teens
Holiday House
September 2022
ISBN 9781682634844
288 pages
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