The Middle Grade Mafia was created to share amazing authors and great books with others. Today we have the honor and privilege to recognize one of the “family,” Lisa Lewis Tyre. Lisa’s debut novel, LAST IN THE LONG LINE OF REBELS (Nancy Paulsen Books), has just launched today and we …

Remember when you were in middle grade? For some writers, it wasn’t all that long ago but for many of us it’s been decades. K.L. Going is one of those authors who understands the middle grade audience and creates characters with authentic voices. We asked her about her success.   Middle Grade Mafia: Recently, you …

Deborah Wiles is an award winning author of many books for children. Today, we highlight Deborah’s 1960’s trilogy detailing this difficult time in American history. Through these stories, Deborah proves that this decade can be relevant and understood by today’s middle grade readers. She successfully immerses the reader into the time period by mixing historical …

We are pleased to have Anita Mumm, indie editor and writing teacher, with us today to give some experienced advice on a topic that frustrates many writers— the all important query letter. Anita is also giving away a FREE QUERY CRITIQUE to a lucky writer who enters our query contest (see below for details). …

Writing contest can be scary, stressful yet exciting. They are a great way to set deadlines forcing you to polish your manuscript. You can also meet other writers, add Twitter followers and make new Facebook friends. Best of all, even if you don’t win, often times you will get some valuable feedback. So, get those queries ready for the 2015 …

I had the pleasure of meeting NY Times best selling author, Ridley Pearson, at a recent book signing for his latest release, The Return. The small bookstore was busting at the seems with Kingdom Keeper fans and people were lined up outside in the rain to get an autographed book. Seeing the excitement on …

Laurel Snyder is a dynamic author of five novels and six picture books. Her middle grade novel, “Seven Stories Up” is being released in paperback on April 28th. Laurel is a funny, honest and extremely busy author. We recently asked Laurel about her writing journey and passion for the middle …

Jordan Stratford’s new middle grade series, The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency features some very clever and clandestine girls. Best of all, the characters are based on two brilliant girls in history, Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein). The story is set in authentic 1826 London. Jordan’s passions for …