Monday, November 10, 2014

Eyes Up, Heels Down: The Long View of Publishing

Since I was a kid, I wanted to publish a book. 

I didn't think too far past that goal because I thought I knew what came next: 

A) I thought that since very few people actually complete novels, agents/editors/publishers would be impressed that I had. 

B) I thought publishing one book equaled a writing career. 

C) I thought all published books were financial successes.

D) I thought all authors were famous.

Monday, October 20, 2014

STORMBOUND Cover Reveal and Giveaway--Winners Announced!

Howdy folks!

So everyone who commented on the fab cover of The Guardian Herd #2, STORMBOUND, on my Author Facebook Page, on Goodreads, or on this blog was entered into a drawing to win their choice of either:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cover Reveal and Giveaway for The Guardian Herd #2: STORMBOUND

Head on over to "This Kid Reviews Books" to see the cover of book two of the Guardian Herd series titled STORMBOUND!

Click HERE to See It

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Guardian Herd Visits Woozworld!

Howdy everyone,

I will be appearing in my super cool avatar form on Woozworld this Saturday, 10/11, from 1-2pm for an author visit and chat. 




Friday, September 26, 2014

The Guardian Herd: First Impressions of a Book Tour

Howdy folks, Jennifer here ruminating after the first week of The Guardian Herd Tour! I'm such a mix of greenhorn and old ranch hand when it comes to writing and publishing. I know a lot, but a lot is new. I've leaped from aspiring writer, to self-published writer, to traditionally published writer, and
each stage has a learning curve.

So here are my first impressions after week one of The Guardian Herd: STARFIRE Tour.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Release Day for The Guardian Herd: STARFIRE

So…today is the BIG DAY! The official on-sale date of The Guardian Herd #1 STARFIRE. 

Of course, I'm writing this post yesterday (which right now is today), because this today is much too busy.

At 8:30 AM a car is picking me up to begin the Guardian Herd school tour--three weeks of speaking at schools around the country beginning in San Rafael, California. I'm incredibly excited for this opportunity. I will be on the front lines meeting readers, booksellers, teachers, and librarians. It's thrilling to meet so many bookish people all at once, and to have my own book to share as well. 

The final week I'll be joined by fellow authors, Chris Rylander (Codename Zero) and John Kloepfer (Galaxy's Most Wanted) for the HarperCollins Class Acts Tour. This is a high energy, interactive assembly put on for the schools. It's going to be a blast!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Guardian Herd: STARFIRE Chosen for ABC Best Books for Children 2014

I was pleased and surprised when I received the news from my editor about Starfire's inclusion in this major catalog. So was my agent!

Reprinted from my agent's website: Joelle Delbourgo Associates, Inc.

We’re so pleased that Jennifer Lynn Alvarez’s middle-grade debut The Guardian Herd: Starfire (pubbing September 23rd from Harper Children’s) has been chosen for the prestigious ABC Best Books for Children 2014. Of 1000′s of books considered only 200 are chosen. Congratulations Jennifer!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Meet The Horses Behind The Guardian Herd Series [Video]

Hi everyone! With the release of The Guardian Herd: STARFIRE fast approaching, I thought I'd share some real life horses that inspired two of the characters. (Video below)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ten Things to Consider Before Self-Publishing a Children's Book

The indie/self-publishing industry is booming, and I believe it's a viable alternative to traditional publishing for author entrepreneurs who believe they can connect with their readers online. In 2011, I became excited about this fresh frontier and I self-published a middle-grade novel titled THE PET WASHER.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Author Blog Hop

I've been tagged by two dear authors to participate in a blog hop! Thank you Rachel Pudelek and D.M. Andrews for the invitation! I've linked your websites to your names so everyone can read your answers to the same questions I'll be answering today. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ten Things I've Learned Since Signing My Book Contract


  1. Getting paid to write does not take the fun out of it. 
  2. Just because they love it doesn't mean they won't ask me to rewrite some of it.
  3. My publisher trusts my imagination.
  4. My agent is my book's first and last supporter. 
  5. As my writing improves, I become more aware of my flaws.
  6. The contract is the beginning of the publishing journey, not the end.
  7. People respect my work hours now that writing isn't a "hobby".
  8. After basic structure, editing is foremost about clarifying.
  9. Good writing comes second to good storytelling.
  10. Outside affirmation is a component of success, but true success is not needing it.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Can't Attend #BEA14? Then Enter to Win an ARC of STARFIRE Here!

I'm running a new giveaway on Goodreads! If you can't go to Book Expo America 2014 (BEA) and grab a copy, then enter to win one here! Giveaway ends June 5, 2014. Plus, these copies are signed, so they're much cooler. 


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Guardian Herd by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

The Guardian Herd

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Giveaway ends June 05, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win