Category Archives: Beth Kanell

Getting a Grip on Gripping Characters: YA Mystery Writing

You know that expression, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears?” I’ve been told it’s from Zen buddhism, but it’s also very much current. I’ve found another side to it as a writer: When I’m ready to learn something, … Continue reading

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Common Core Standards and YA Mystery Writing (and Reading!)

Yes, you read the title correctly — this post is about that monster of today’s headlines, the Common Core State Standards being implemented in schools across the country. Or rather, it’s not about the standards … but about the wild … Continue reading

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Pictures and Mysteries: SinCNE Announces Pinterest Site!

Social media for mystery authors can be a wonderful way to connect with readers. And one of the most enjoyable is Pinterest — but it might be one of the least used, so far, by authors. Yet it is fun … Continue reading

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Social Media for YA Writers & Readers: The Numbers

I have one more post to add in this series, and it will be on using Pinterest — but I want to hold it until after the holiday season. So, here’s some information to think about in the meantime (you … Continue reading

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Social Media for YA Mystery Authors and Readers — GoodReads

Some of my favorite readers reach me through GoodReads, including teacher Tim Averill, who makes great suggestions of new young adult (YA) books to read — he’s in the midst of teen readers daily at work and he sees what’s … Continue reading

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Social Media for YA Mystery Authors — Blogging

Talking about author blogs can go from the website to the blog, or from the Facebook/Twitter side to the blog. Let’s look at each. If you have, or are planning, an author website, you’re crafting an online drop-in location that’s … Continue reading

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Social Media for YA Authors — Facebook, “Like a Pro”

I dearly love my personal Facebook page. Although I’m more private than many, it’s the place where I share photos from morning walks, tuck in scraps of research or poems, dream of characters, and most of all, connect with friends, … Continue reading

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