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Proud to Announce The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

Lots of excitement is building for The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball. Big plans are in the works to celebrate the publication on August 15, 2017 by SparkPress.

Early readers have given it two-thumbs up, and I've already posted lots of great recommendations from early readers from adults as well as kids. 

It's available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Review copies are going out soon.  Dori is now planning school visits for the fall, readings at bookstores, and a blog tour.  

Let me know if you want to join the celebration!

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Blazing a trail in hybrid publishing

Hybrid publishing? It's a new wave of publishing, where writers invest in their work, publishers set high standards and provide traditional distribution, and writers work with publicists to ensure their books are discovered.  It started in 2012, driven by the disillusion by authors with the way traditional publishers abandoned quality and content in favor of platform-driven celebrities. If you want to know more about it, check out this article in Publishers Weekly

From Nov. 3 - 6, I attended a writers' retreat at The Boulders in Arizona, along with 45 other authors who have chosen (and been chosen) to publish through She Writes Press or its sister imprint, Spark Press.  Leading the retreat were Brooke Warner, publisher and founder of She Writes Press, and Crystal Patriarche, CEO of SparkPoint Studio and founder of Spark Press. The keynote speaker, Rebecca Skloot, inspired us with her story of how she wrote and publicized her runaway bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. We also had many workshops on book marketing and publicity, industry insights, and the business of being an author.

My newest book, THE FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION OF BASEBALL, will be published through Spark Press in August 2017. 

"Trailblazers, One and All" was our motto, and we are. We are partners and collaborators with our publishers, treated with respect. This is a new form of publishing, and we are on the cutting edge.  Here are some photos of the event.

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Great High School Book Club

One of the joys of being an author is a chance to interact with readers. On January 12, I had such an opportunity--at Eastlake High School on "the plateau" in Sammamish, Washington. With the encouragement of librarian Kathleen Dunbar, a group of avid high school readers gathers on Tuesday mornings to discuss books they have recently read. They are reading Daughter of Xanadu now, and I showed them some images of Mongolia with my PowerPoint pictures.

I met Kathleen four years ago, when she was librarian at Cleveland High School in Seattle, which serves students of a rich variety of ethnicities and cultures. It's great to keep in touch with librarians, whether they stay at one school or move. And it's terrific to talk to students who love reading! 

Great resource for classrooms

Online Author Visits is a terrific resource for teachers and school librarians looking for authors to visit classrooms, both in person and via skype. OAVIcon

A group of published, experienced authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults began this website in 2015, and it has quickly become a go-to site for teachers around the United States and Canada. I had the pleasure of joining them earlier this year and was invited to do an "Author of the Month" blogpost for June 2016. In it, I explained how I became interested in writing books for children and why I think it's important to write books whose main characters are Asian.

It shocked me to learn that, until recent years, only 10% of published children's books feature children of color--despite the fact that 37% of Americans are either Hispanic or people of color. That seems out of whack to me. That's why I strongly support the movement We Need Diverse Books.  

Check out my blogpost here

Beijing Bookworm bookstore talk

Dori Jones Yang gave a talk at The Bookworm bookstore and cafe in Beijing, China, oDori talking 2 for webn Dori with poster for webNovember 3. She showed  images and told stories about how she created a lover for Marco Polo in her historical novel, Daughter of Xanadu, as well as how she collaborated with Howard Schultz to write Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time. The audience asked many interesting questions for a lively discussion. 

 The Bookworm is a charming bookstore/bar/cafe in Beijing's Sanlitun District, and it specializes in English-language books. Highly recommended!

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