The Elevensies are a group of 85 (!) middle-grade and young adult authors debuting next year. Our primarily goal is to support one another through the publication process. Members may be as active as they choose and can participate in web chats, weekly check ins, post questions, success, stories, cover art, etc.
Here’s our official mission statement:
“The Elevensies is a Live Journal community of YA and Middle Grade authors whose first books come out in 2011. It’s a place to hang out, make friends and share the journey to publication with each other, with fellow writers, and with interested readers. Sharing and support are key to all we do. Although we are not a marketing group, we will host several features on our blog aimed at sharing our stories and offering advice and inspiration to aspiring authors. We also will host two to three bigger activities throughout 2011 aimed at connecting our books with readers and supporting those who work with teens and tweens. Elevensies is opt-in and free of dues, and members participate as much or as little as they like. Mostly, we’re in this to have fun and to help one another make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime debut experience. “
While some of the posts at our Live Journal account are private (discussions only between us), some are open to the public.
- Ask an Elevensie: learn first-hand about our publishing experiences
- A Day in the Writing Life : our typical (and not so typical) writing days — here’s mine
- Elevensie bios and books
- Tennerviews: interviews with this year’s debuts, the Tenners
Stop by some time and say hello!
Natalie Aguirre says
It’s such a great idea to help each other as debut authors. I hope I’ll be able to join in a future year.
Erin MacPherson says
This is realy cool… I love that you got 85 authors to band together… what a great idea!
Caroline Starr Rose says
There’s a real sense of community. I love being a fall release because I’m learning so much from those who are ahead of me!
Shannon O'Donnell says
This is just one more way the writing community manages to support one another. I continue to be blown away! 🙂
Shelli (srjohannes) says
yay for elevensies!!!! Ill be there cheering you all on!
Irene Latham says
I love me some Elevensies! Just saying. Reading Ruta’s BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY right now… so many 2011 to look forward to — including yours, missy! (Did I just call you missy? Yes. Yes I did. It’s the Alabama in me.) So excited for all of you!