.In the News
The Book of Lost Friends nominated for the best historical fiction category in the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards.
The Book of Lost Friends audiobook is a winner! I’m THRILLED to let you know that not only did the audiobook industry magazine AUDIOFILE give our production of it a glowing review, they also awarded it the Earphones Award, the audio equivalent of a starred review! Thank you Penguin Random House team!
See the Lisa Wingate short story in the anthology STORIES FROM SUFFRAGETTE CITY. She and coauthors met virtually to talk about the book. See several of Lisa’s author friends chatting on Youtube: https://youtu.be/EAp1QfbPKcM with closed captions.
Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation recommends The Book of Lost Friends, August 2020
Today Show picks Before We Were Yours as one of top 10 Summer Reads
National Public Radio link to interview about Before We Were Yours & Before and After.
2018 Southern Book Prize for Southern fiction — Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
Before We Were Yours chosen for a Wiki: Top 10 Historical Fiction Books of 2018! Learn more at Wiki url:
Goodreads top choice in Historical Fiction 2017.
BEFORE WE WERE YOURS made the pages of Politico, via the reading recommendations of the Senior Advisor and chief of staff to the Secretary Of the Air Force.
Before We Were Yours chosen by Little Free Library as a 2019 Action Book Club selection. The Action Book Club, a free program of the Little Free Library nonprofit, combines reading with social engagement. In a twist on the traditional book club, the Action Book Club invites participants to read books, engage in discussion, then take part in meaningful group projects to benefit their communities. Think of it as “good reads and good deeds.” https://littlefreelibrary.org/abc-reading-we-are-family/
BEFORE WE WERE YOURS in Wiki’s Spectacularly Written Historical Fiction Novels list.
Texas syndicated columnist Glenn Dromgoole writes about the success of Before We Were Yours.
Parade magazine. calls Before We Were Yours “One of the summer’s best reads.”
People magazine selected Before We Were Yours as a People Picks, June 12, 2017! “A poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love.”
Talbots stores nationwide feature Before We Were Yours as one of five summer book club selections!
Shreveport Times says about Before We Were Yours: “Take note: This may be the best book of the year.”
“Children in the Memphis area had been taken by workers in medical facilities, public aid clinics, and the police department. The children were put under the care of Tann, in an unlicensed home used for the purpose of her black market baby adoption scheme from the 1920’s until 1950.”
SCNOW news reviews Before We Were Yours: “This is a beautifully written novel.”
Before We Were Yours awarded Best Historical Fiction of 2017 by Goodreads members.
Bookbub featured this Book Club Kit (see also the Penguin Random House kit on the For Book Clubs tab above.)
Before We Were Yours is chosen as a Bookreporter.com Bets On selection for June.
Before We Were Yours is a Southern Independent Booksellers Association Okra Pick for Spring, 2017!
Before We Were Yours on Independent Bookstores’ Best sellers list
Books and Reference materials
1. Writer’s Market and Writersmarket.com — the ultimate guide to publishers, agents, and submissions. You can find it in the the reference section of your bookstore. A subscription to the Writer’s Digest website is also helpful.
2. How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larson
3. A slew of useful links to writing articles, nicely categorized by subject: http://www.supersummary.com/fiction-writing-guide/
4. Write Naked by Jennifer Probst — A short, good, sometimes funny take on the writing life. Also some valuable insights on the art, business, and psychology of maintaining a writing career.
5. Writing Screenplays that Sell by Ackerman and Save the Cat— Studies in story formula that are useful for writing novels and short stories, as well. Analyzing movies can help you understand story formula and plotting.
6. Query Tracker — A great way to track your query letters. Also contains a database of basic agent information and agent stats. Valuable if you’re in the process of submitting your work.
7. Manuscript Wish List — Check out the wish lists of literary agents and editors on Manuscript Wishlist. For the latest, also search the Twitter hashtag #mswl
8. Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
9. Women’s Fictions Writers Association is a helpful, supportive organization with a newsletter full of writers’ help links on many topics, a great website, and regional and national conferences. https://www.womensfictionwriters.org/about-wfwa
10. A well-done, comprehensive collection of information on publishing options and publishing careers, suggested by LouAnne of Booklicious.net and one of her young writing students, Anna. https://www.zenbusiness.com/info/writing-careers/
11. Save the Cat Writes a Novel — A variation on the gold standard screenwriting book, Save the Cat.
12. See possible career paths here: https://online.maryville.edu/online-bachelors-degrees/english/careers/
13. A great How-To book includes input from Lisa Wingate: A Split in Time: How to Write Dual Timeline, Split Time, land Time-Slip Fiction by Melanie Dobson and Morgan Tarpley Smith