Ship's Helm - What's New With Our Crew, Anniversary Edition

As we continue to celebrate our second anniversary, we'd like to fill you in on what's been going on with our crew!

Captain E. Hook (Erin L. Schneider)

I'm beyond excited to have officially finished all major revisions on my YA contemporary debut, SUMMER OF SLOANE! July means tying up last minute things like copy edits, going to print on my ARC's, and fingers crossed, seeing the final image for my cover (which I can't wait to share)!!! I'm also equally excited for the arrival of Baby Boy Hook on August 7th and cannot wait to meet our newest Buccaneer!


Dread Pirate B. (Bridgid Gallagher)

What a year! My MG Fantasy manuscript is currently being read by another round of wonderful beta readers (yay for wonderful beta readers!) and I'm hoping to be querying soon. This was a big year for IRL writing things for me (i.e. stepping out of my comfort zone). A few of the highlights: I went to the Colorado Writing Workshop in Boulder (and pitched agents!), organized local NaNoWriMo meet-ups, and connected with a couple of local writers who have become a huge part in helping me move forward with my writing goals. It's been a good year, and I'm eager to see what the next year brings!


Bonny Kitty Cutlass (Kathryn Holmes)

Since launching my debut novel, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND, I've been deep in revisions for my second book. HOW IT FEELS TO FLY should be out at some point in 2016, and I can't wait for it to be finished! More details (release date, cover, etc.) soon, I hope... :)


Neptune (Kelly Loy Gilbert)

My debut CONVICTION launched in May, and it's been a whirlwind!  The book was an Indies Introduce and Indie Next List pick, and I might never get used to seeing it in bookstores!  I'm finishing up a draft of my next novel for Hyperion, about a boy who begins to suspect his parents, undocumented immigrants from China, are hiding much more than he ever suspected. And this year I was lucky enough to attend ABA Winter Institute in Asheville and ALA in San Francisco, and the book community is all kinds of amazing and inspiring.

Here's a photo of when I met Ann. M. Martin:


Curly McGee (G. Myrthil)

For the last few months, I've been busy working on two projects: drafting and revising my latest contemporary YA manuscript, and growing a baby! That's right, we have another pregnant pirate in the group. My baby girl is due in late September, so I'm squeezing in as much writing as I can before her arrival. :)


Brunhilde the Black-Hearted (Rachel Searles)

My second book in the Lost Planet series, THE STOLEN MOON, came out in January, with a starred review from Kirkus. I've spent most of this year working on new secret projects. In addition, my family just moved for the fourth time in four years (!) and we are currently living in beautiful Munich, Germany. Here's a picture of my new desk and my weary world-traveling cat, Simon.


Back from the Dead Red (Ellen Goodlett)

I am back out on submission with my YA contemporary, THE QUIET ONES, and in the meantime, I've been working on my next novel about travel, long-distance romances, and virtual realities. I also took a trip to Germany and visited some crazy cool castles (like Neuschwanstein Castle in my terrible selfie here) which might now show up in my WIP!


Lady Byrd Bonebreaker (Sara Biren)

The good news is that in the last year, I've only broken one toe (last week). The even better news is that in May, I announced the sale of my debut YA contemporary novel, THE LAST THING YOU SAID, to ABRAMS - Amulet Books, The book will be published in the Spring of 2017, and even though it seems like a long way off, I've already completed one round of revisions and am looking forward to next steps. And I'm hard at work on revisions for my next book, which is still without a title but lovingly called The Manuscript Formerly Known As KEYS.

To celebrate the announcement of the book deal, I put together a montage of photographs I've taken over the last few years - places and images that inspired me as I wrote THE LAST THING YOU SAID. The coolest part is that the music on the video was written and performed by my talented husband - and it's called "The Last Thing You Said."

Thanks for sailing along with us on this journey!