Back to fifth grade, minus the big bangs and denim vest collection…

February 26, 2016

The last few weeks have been a dervish of career activity.

Here’s a sampling of February’s Work To Do List (not to be confused with life To Do List, which includes activities for 6 kids, travel with 6 kids, an April wedding, house hunting, and did I mention the wedding?) (!!!!!!!!!)

–Finish Website (holla!)

–The Pages Between Us is OUT IN STORES NOW!

–3 book signings (with 3 more next week)

–5 school visits (with 4 more on horizon)

–10 Skype visits

–Turned in revisions for next PAGES BETWEEN US novel. We should announce cover/title/release date soonish!

–Turned in first draft for COMMANDER IN CHEESE #4. First 2 books releases in only 3 months

–guest posts, reader mail, loads of #betweenbesties instagram posts and now… I return to you, fair blog.

Next week, I leave again for more school, conference, and book store appearances. Work months like this are at turns exciting and exhausting, but I’ve also loved loved loved the opportunity to connect with readers with my co-writer, Robin Mellom. One visit in particular had us squealing with delight at every turn. We had the opportunity to visit my fifth grade teacher’s school. Miss Dean is now a librarian, and it is very, very obvious why she was/is my favorite teacher. Miss Dean introduced me to so many stories, to scholastic book clubs, to book reports that I did the day she assigned it because I was THAT kid. (an excited kid. Nothing wrong with that) I love Miss Dean.

Behold…

The fifth graders were in awe that I “used to be just like them” (meaning, 10-years-old). It was so cool to share my favorite books from fifth grade (Bridge to Terabithia), and the books I wrote at M.J. Christensen’s publishing center, which existed thanks to my elementary principal, Joan Grey. I really, really wish I could give my fifth grade self a glimpse of the awesomeness ahead.

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Table Miss Dean set up with elements from our story. No detail went unnoticed, from the Gilmore Girls videos to the grape-flavored jolly ranchers. I love Miss Dean (yes, I still call her Miss Dean. The first name part was too hard)

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Miss Dean asked students to keep a best friend notebook (JUST LIKE THE PAGES BETWEEN US) for a month leading up to our visit. So many students participated that she had to read through each submission to choose who would attend the special author lunch. Robin and I got to meet with each pair of besties and read their amazing journals. Our jaws hurt from smiling so much. Nay, Beaming. I love Miss Dean!

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THE PAGES BETWEEN US is my seventh book. My first book was published 6 years ago this March, and I’m still awed that this is my job. There are lots of struggles that come with it–long nights, crazy-making deadlines, Broken Brain Syndrome and that constant worry that I won’t ever sell another book. But visits like this one are also so incredibly rewarding. I’m so lucky to be an author. Also, I love Miss Dean.

Bookmark Bonanza

January 27, 2016

Oh new website. You are so shiny (and a cleaner, more user-friendly platform that appeals to a universal, diverse readership. But mostly, you know, shiny). Thanks to Jenny at Websy daisy for you remarkable skill and patience as we worked to build a new site. I may start sleeping in a business suit, that’s how professional I feel now. We’ve integrated my two other blogs into this site, so there are archived posts documenting my publishing journey for the past 11 years. Yes, fair readers, I realize many of you ARE 11.

So! THE PAGES BETWEEN US releases in 2 weeks and you know what that means. Yep! It’s Bookmark Bonanza!!!!!!! (Oh, you thought it meant you need to preorder my book? Yes, that too. Right this way).

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Bookmark Bonanza is something I’ve done since I released my first book 6 years ago. It’s origins come from

  1. I went to Bonanza High School. Okay, no correlation, but goooooo Bengals.
  2. I give away bookmarks. I guess I could have just called it Bookmark! Bookmark!, but… hindsight.

The rules are simple. Send your address to contact@lindseyleavitt.com and I, in turn, will send you signed bookmarks. USA Only. Keep a couple and share the rest with your friends. Braid them a BFF bracelet while you’re at it. Make note if you’re a teacher/librarian and I’ll send you even more signed bookmarks. Tweet/facebook/instagram/tumblr/pinterest/blog/skywrite using #bookmarkbonanza so your network can also have thick, luxurious card-stock shipped to their home. The world will be a better place with more people marking their place AND you’ll be entered in a giveaway to win…

A FREE, SIGNED COPY OF THE PAGES BETWEEN US! (complete with more bookmarks! Can you tell I ordered a lot of these puppies?*)

*puppies not included.

More giveaways and goodness coming in the following weeks, so make sure to click on those cute social media buttons on top right corner. Follow those for more information. Also–check out this website. Doesn’t it make you want to wear a tasteful, yet fashionable business suit as well? No? Yeah, you’re right. Let’s stick with the yoga pants.

NCTE

November 19, 2015

TEACHERS / LIBRARIANS / AUTHORS / COUNTRYMEN
Hope to see you at NCTE this year!
Signing: Sunday, Nov 22 at 11:00 @ HarperCollins booth.

Water for Life

October 19, 2015

Last year, I joined Water for Life as Director of Awesome (I have another title. But I can’t remember it and titles are never my personal strength). The non-profit is 100% volunteer based, and giving to this organization has been an essential step in Feeling Like a Contributing Human.

We’ve been working on this Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for over a year now–researching and conferencing and planning and revising. Seriously, you say the word Indiegogo over and over again, and it hurts your tongue after awhile.

We’re trying to raise at least 25k so we can distribute 500 filters to Cambodia. Each filter provides clean drinking water for at least 10 people for up to 10 years, so that’s 5000 lives we are hoping to save. Our stretch goal is to raise 25k more and provide filters in Africa. 25k more? India.

Here’s our general schtick:

We supply high-tech, low-cost water filters to developing countries with contaminated water supplies. Basically, we found a filter that takes all the crap out of water (literal crap, as well as debris, bacteria, disease) and makes that water safe to drink.
People need clean water. We get them clean water. It’s a huge problem that actually has a simple solution. And since 1.8 million children die every year from waterborne disease, we’re passionate about getting these filters out there. We make these distributions by partnering with other charitable organizations, as well as planning humanitarian service trips of our own.

Here’s more about the Sawyer water filtration system we use:

MINI filter: These pocket-size personal filters are great for camping. For exotic honeymoons. For international missionaries. For YOU.
Family filter: This larger filter uses two buckets and is gravity fed. It can filter 150 gallons of water a day for over ten years. It’s also a great addition for your food storage/disaster relief kit.
Our featured perk is our 2-for-1. For $100, you get a mini-filter AND a family filter sent right to your home. We also will send a filter to a family in need.
Win-win-win

Wow, Lindsey. I had no idea this technology existed! I am excited/overwhelmed/generous/joyous/touched/eager. So how can I help?
Funny you should ask…

FIVE WAYS YOU CAN HELP

1. Contribute: Our Indiegogo campaign runs for the next month. We have “perks” available beginning at $10, but any amount you can donate is fabulous.
Donate and/or purchase filters here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/water-for-life-sustainable-water-filters-for-good/x/12492158#/

2. Share: Money, obviously, is great. But spreading the word helps too. Go to the campaign site and link on back, just like I did below. Or write your own Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest/Tumblr/email/blog post about Water for Life. Tell your friends at work or carpool about this. Buy a billboard. Go tell it on the mountain. Hashtag it up ‪#‎bewaterforlife‬

3. Create: Here’s an (unedited, amateur) video I made with two of my daughters. They had a lot of fun (and have made two more I still need to edit and post) Our “dirty bucket challenge” involves YOU trying out the filter yourself and is also a great learning activity for your kids…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNQVjvpgn6c

4. Follow: Here we are. Go here! Like us!
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeWaterForLife
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeWaterForLife?fref=ts
Instagram: http://websta.me/n/bewaterforlife

5. Volunteer: We are always looking for ways to grow the charity. If you have ideas or time, you can go here or email james@bewaterforlife

To those of you who have asked when to help, now would be a great time. Right… now. We’ve had a GREAT start and we want to keep this momentum going.
Your contribution is a drop in the bucket, but drops make ripples.
And with enough help, we can make waves.

COVER ME

September 15, 2015

So on the internet, and on the bookshelf, 2015 has been a quiet year.
But in Word Document Land (and Google Doc land), I’ve been a busy beaver. Bee. Person.
I have 4 books releasing in 2016! (And at least 2 more in 2017. More on that soon!)
Here are the covers for two of those books.

THE PAGES BETWEEN US, co-written with Robin Mellom, releases February 9, 2016. Behold!

And the first book in the Commander in Cheese series, THE BIG MOVE releases in Summer 2016! (The second book, OVAL OFFICE ESCAPE, releases the same day. One day! Two books! Lots of cheese!

Sometime soonish I’ll update blog/site with more info on these super fun books. But for now, I need to finish the third commander in cheese book, out in… Fall 2016? I think?
#publishingseasonsareconfusing