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Archive for June, 2012

BEFORE YOU GO: The Imaginary Soundtrack to My Young Adult Novel, Part 1

Friday, June 29th, 2012 Posted in Before You Go, Music, the writing process | No Comments »


No blogging for at least a week until I beat a deadline into submission, literally. So 'til then . . . I've concocted an imaginary soundtrack that plays during the imaginary movie that's based on my (real!) upcoming Young Adult novel, ...

Author Insight Series: On the Value of Social Media

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, the writing process | No Comments »


My legion of stalkers may remember that I recently participated in the (ongoing!) Author Insight Series over at the legendary Wastepaper Prose blog. In brief, more than a dozen authors answer the same series of questions -- and somehow it's not nearly ...

Comments Section, re: BYSTANDER (a couple of highlights)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 Posted in Bystander, bullying | 1 Comment »


Oftentimes folks comment on past blog entries, no longer the current thread. So my sense is that My Nation of Readers does not ever see these comments. And how sad is that? So here's two from today that I had to share. ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #157: Author Advice, Before You Go . . .

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 Posted in Before You Go, Fan Mail, the writing process | No Comments »


Dear Mr.Preller, I am a big fan of your books.  I am in seventh grade this year, and two years ago, in fifth grade, you visited my school.  You talked about a book you were writing, about four teenagers/young adults, and ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #156: “Why Is Jigsaw Always In Grade 2?”

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


Ethan asks a great question . . . Dear Mr.Preller, - I really like your Jigsaw Jones mystery novels, but I have a few questions: - 1. In Jigsaw Jones #23 The Case of the Perfect Prank it says: "Mila had been my partner for years." Why years? Have ...

My 804th Post!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »


Just noticed that my last post was #803. Which means almost nothing, and I suppose that's something. Still: 803 posts, 49 months, 199,462 visits, 379,788 pageviews. I have no idea if those numbers are good or bad or whatever. I've enjoyed posting, and that's ...

Quote of the Day: Martin Luther King, Again

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


That is all.

From Fiction to Fact: We’re Playing in the Championship Game

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 Posted in Family, Six Innings | 4 Comments »


This coming Saturday, I'll be coaching a Little League team of 11- and 12-year-old boys in a championship game. For the 12's, this game will be the culmination of their Little League experience. Some boys will move up to play ...

A Pile of Papers & Me

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 Posted in Before You Go, the writing process | No Comments »


I know that some authors count revisions. They will claim, as Mem Fox once told me in an interview, "I did 49 drafts for KOALA LOU before the book was ready to be published." My first thought was, "Wow, she counted." Second ...

“BYSTANDER” Made VOYA’s Suggested Summer Reading List

Friday, June 8th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Bystander, bullying | 7 Comments »


My editor said, "Here's to many more lists recommending Bystander." My agent said, "Huzzah!" And I chanted, "Show me the money, show me the money, show me . . ." I mean, er, "Well, goodness, this is certainly an honor." Click here for the ...