A couple of cool things...

I haven't posted much here in months because my computer likes to crash while blogging for some reason. I'm giving it a go and living on the edge today because I wanted to get the word out about a couple of cool things.

I'll be at the Sheboygan Children's Book Festival on Saturday, Oct 13th with Sarah Weeks, Ilsa J. Bick, Jacqueline Houtman, and Julie Halpern, where we'll discuss the roles of family in novels for children and teens. The panel will be moderated by Mitch Teich of WUWM radio and should be fun! I've never been to the Kohler Arts Center and this is a great way to get there. :-) We'll be signing our books afterward, too. 

I'll also be presenting Writing for Children & Teens: What Aspiring Authors Need to Know on Sunday at 1:30. I'll be signing Mercy Lily afterward as well.
More info is here: http://sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org/ nd it looks like a great event to take young kids, grandkids, tween & teens too!
Lastly, I received word that I'll be including in an upcoming edition of Contemporary Authors Reference, a large volume of short profiles of authors. I think every author is listed in these volumes but I was especially tickled by it because I used one of those massive books when I was writing Lois Lowry's biography so now to be in it, is kind of cool. :-)

Summer went by super fast and was busy, fun, and too flipping hot! Today is sunny and cool and the windows are open. Ahhhh. Enjoy your day!

xo Lisa~

School Visits & Skype Visits

Cindy Lord blogged about school visits this morning and showed some thank you letters she received and they’re so sweet! I’ve been a friend and follower of Cindy for years and always enjoy her posts, especially when she shares those student notes.

In my day job, I’m a school library assistant and am around K-8 students every day. Out of all the duties I do—check out, check in, re-shelve, process incoming orders, process discards, pull units for teachers, etc., it’s the booktalks that I present to groups almost daily and the individual help I offer to students choosing a book that’s the most rewarding part of my job. That interaction, whether it’s with 30 kids or 1, leaves me with a smile on face and in my heart. When I introduce a book or series, whether it’s Little House on the Prairie to a 3rd grader, or The Hunger Games to an 8th grader, I’m filled with satisfaction and pride.

Now, doing author visits and Skype visits as an author...well, it fills me with that same satisfaction and pride time ten! I recently presented to a class of 3rd graders and also to a group of high school students and had a blast! Talking to students about my books and offering writing advice to them is as rewarding as seeing my novel in Barnes and Noble. Years ago, I honestly thought I’d be a bit nervous doing author visits, but I’m not! (okay...maybe a teeny bit, right before things begin, but then I relax and enjoy it). I’ve done plenty of presentations on the craft of writing to authors, teachers, and librarians, and hope to continue to offer those as well. For 2012/2013, I’d love to schedule more school visits and Skype sessions!

Back to writing....

Skype an Author and Great Review of Mercy Lily!

Happy New Year! 2012 is going to be made of amazing. I just feel it! It's starting out with a bang!

The January/Feburary 2012 issue of Library Media Connection ran a great review of Mercy Lily and designated it a recommended title. Yay! After a short synopsis, the review reads:

"This book will be one that girls will not be able to put down. While the euthanasia storyline is key to the book, Lily's sense of loss will ring true. Lily learns that she doesn't need to be quite as strong as she thought -- people will be there for her when she needs them most."

And today, I signed up to be part of Kate Messner's World Read Aloud Day via Skype. More info is here on Kate's blog http://www.katemessner.com/skype-with-an-author-on-world-read-aloud-day-2012/ Thanks, Kate! It should be a fun time for everyone involved!

I hope everyone has a fantastic 2012!

Questions About Parodies & Retellings

While I'm working on my funny middle grade & taking notes for a YA thriller, I'd like to begin querying agents with a picture book I've written and am not 100% sure if it would be considered a parody or retelling. My story is basically a modernized version of an old song, but with a twist. I've gotten great feedback on this manuscript and it's time to do something with it. :-)

I know there's lots of great retellings and parodies out there and I'm not sure what the difference between the two is. I work in a school library and have done a bit of comparison research there and in bookstores, etc. We have some shelved in fiction, and some in nonfiction. (I'm not clear how that decision is made). I'm thinking of the "House That Jack Built," "I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," and "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Before I begin shopping it, I'd like to be informed about the legalities of using original stories/songs to create new ones, as far as copyrights and permissions. If anyone is able to shed some light on this, I'd be grateful.

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Mercy Lily & Stephenie Meyer bio promo & Signed Copies

Double the fun! (that should be triple the fun!)

My publicist at Flux alerted me to this amazing review of Mercy Lily by Teen blogger, Lauren, and it just made me so happy to read her words! (I think Flux is pretty happy, too! :) Check it out here: http://laurenscrammedbookshelf.blogspot.com/2011/11/mercy-lily-by-lisa-albert.html

Lauren really got it and her last line blew me away with joy. "Heartwarming yet heartbreaking, Lisa Albert’s Mercy Lily is one of the best contemporary YA reads of the year! I can’t suggest it highly enough!"  She also posted it on Amazon and Goodreads!!

A second bit of fun news has to do with the movie release of BREAKING DAWN Part 1!! Who's going? I am! 

In anticipation of the movie and for the love for all things Twilight and Stephenie Meyer, my nonfiction publisher, Enslow, and I thought it'd be fun to run a little behind-the-scenes of writing her biography. You can read it here and see the cute the high school prom photo of Stephenie and her date! Enslow sent word about this write-up to 55,000 librarians! I know!! :-)

 Also, I've had several inquiries about how to get signed copies of books from me. If you haven't ordered Mercy Lily, but would like to -- and want a signed copy -- please let me know! I would love to sign books for anyone who'd like one!! Leave your email address in the comments and I'll contact you or send me a note at writes4kids (at) wi.rr (dot) com

I'm feeling very thankful today and it's not even Thankful Thursday yet.
xo Lisa

Mercy Lily Launch - Ilsa Bick - Pat Schmatz = Boswell Book Company

This link is well worth clicking not just because the Boswell Book Company newsletter announces my launch of Mercy Lily next week, but because of the wide range of authors they're hosting before and after me. James Dashner! Tamora Pierce! Kenneth Oppel! Also because of the great write-up they've given my fellow Wisconsin authors and their books, Ilsa Bick's ASHES and Pat Schmatz's BLUEFISH. I have both - signed on my WI Author designated bookshelf - and can't wait to read them! Check out what Boswell has to say about both books!  


Muskego's Lisa Albert with a Touching Story for Adults and Teens, Coming This Wednesday, November 2, 7 pm.


Lisa AlbertOn Wednesday, November 2, Lisa Albert will speak at Boswell about her novel, Mercy Lily. Teenage Lily and her mother live in Oregon, where the Death with Dignity Act allows a patient to make the decision to end his or her own life. After traditional treatment for her rapidly advancing Multiple Sclerosis fails, Mom takes bee sting therapy, administered by Lily, to alleviate her pain. Mercy LilyLily is trained as a veterinary assistant, so she can easily handle snatching honeybees with tweezers, stinging Mom, and watching the venom empty into her flesh. What Lily can't handle is what happens when the bee sting therapy fails and it becomes clear that Mom wants to die.


Here's what The Voice of Youth Advocates has written about Mercy Lily: "The conflicting emotions of Lily, the lead character, are described in such a way that any reader can easily sympathize with her inner turmoil, making this story a page-turner, because nothing, including the virtuous and the shameful, is held back." Join us to celebrate the publication of Albert's first novel.

Thankful Thursday - Debut Edition With Photos!

Wow, so thankful!!
MERCY LILY went on sale on October 8th and to my delight,
it's been spotted at Barnes and Noble stores across the country! It's available through Indiebound.com and Amazon.com as well. I went out to celebrate with my husband, some siblings and in-laws. On the way there, my husband spotted this car in the parking lot and I had to snap a pic!

My siblings gave me a beautiful Cross pen with Mercy Lily 2011 engraved on it, a massage gift card, and the teeniest champagne bottle you've ever seen (it's a decoration). So sweet!!

So, so thankful for my family! Without them, I'd be nothing. Zilch. Nada.  My husband, Joe, has turned into a one man promo machine and has been hand-selling like crazy. What a guy! He's been bringing home copies for me to sign to people and then returning them to their new owners.

My son, Joe, posted a heartwarming shout-out on his Facebook to me on the day of the debut: Congratulations to my wonderful and beautiful mother, Lisa Rondinelli Albert on the release of her first novel, "Mercy Lily"! Your love and passion for writing has been nothing short of a blessing and inspiration to me, love you Mom!  What a guy, huh?! I responded by saying I started this whole writing thing as a way to be a stay-at-home Mom to my beautiful kids, and now here it is so many years later and my book is coming out and he's living on his own, writing his own stuff! (he's a hip hop artist and lyricist).

My daughter, Alex (another talented writer!), keeps me grounded and that's been a big help in the "keeping balance" department. It's so easy to get wrapped up in spending all my "free" time doing authorly things but there comes a time when I need to clock out, watch Funniest Home Videos or go antiquing and just chill. We also seem to hit the bookstore together a lot. Go figure! :-)
Voice Of Youth Advocates (VOYA) had two great reviews:

  "Mercy Lily is a quick and enjoyable read, if a bit simple for the complex subject matter on which the novel is based. The conflicting emotions of Lily, the lead character, are described in such a way that any reader can easily sympathize with her inner turmoil, making this story a page-turner, especially because nothing, including both the virtuous and the shameful, is held back. Those who enjoy well written character development should take a look at Mercy Lily. 4Q, 3P. Reviewer: Teen Reviewer"  

And a snippet from a long, thoughtful review that really got it: "Teen readers will find this novel both affecting and thought provoking as they identify with Lily's agony and examine their own beliefs."  

Last weekend, I attended the Wisconsin SCBWI Annual Retreat where I was able to sign copies for the first time ever and it was so fun! It really felt like coming full circle, having began my publishing journey with this group and so many of these wonderful writers.

I'm also very thankful for my co-workers at the school library and the district I work for. They've been very supportive are working with me to cover extra off days so I'm able to promote and attend events. That's been a big relief!

Very thankful for upcoming events I've been invited to and my upcoming book launch!

Tomorrow - October 21st, I'll be signing copies of MERCY LILY and appearing with Ilsa Bick at the very first High School Friday event during the Wisconsin Book Festival. The Wisconsin Book Festival is a five day event that draw over 15,000 attendees! Ilsa and I will lunch and speak to 150 teens! Should be fun!!
October 27th & 28th - American Association of School Librarians (AASL) convention in Minneapolis, MN. I'll be with my editor, publicity director, and publisher for a reception on Thursday evening and then on Friday, I'll be signing on the Flux booth twice and also signing during the Author Showcase the same day. I'm excited and thankful!
October 31st - Lake Effect Radio 89.7 FM will broadcast a previously taped interview I did with producer Stephanie Lecci. We had a great time in the studio and I'm looking forward to hearing the final version! (She asked some great questions!!) 

November 2nd - Official Book Launch & Signing at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee 7 PM. A short talk and Q&A session followed by the signing. I have some fun and different things planned and hope it goes well! :-) 

I'm always open to invitations to speak at events, join author panels, and visit schools or libraries, so please keep me in mind. Thanks!!


MERCY LILY Giveaway - Ten Copies to One Winner Announced!

Thanks to everyone who entered! I'm so excited MERCY LILY is out and finding its way into the hands of readers! I'll be shipping copies this week!

Jocelyn, please send me the address where you'd like me to ship your books to! Congratulations and thanks for entering!
writes4kids (@) wi (dot) rr.com

Jocelyn Baldwin ( wrote:

Oct. 7th, 2011 06:35 pm (local)

Thanks for the chance to win

Jocelyn Baldwin

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*Final month to enter! Win TEN COPIES of Lisa Albert’s debut young adult novel, MERCY LILY!*

 *Final month to enter! Win TEN COPIES of Lisa Albert’s debut young adult novel, MERCY LILY!*

Thanks for joining me to celebrate during this final month of my 2011 Debut Novel Giveaway! The release of my YA novel, MERCY LILY, is just weeks...DAYS away and the anticipation is so exciting! 
I have several events planned to kick off the debut. I’m going to be attending the Wisconsin Book Festival’s TEEN FRIDAY with Ilsa Bick on October 21st. Then off to the American Association of School Librarians convention in Minneapolis with my publisher, Flux, October 27th & 28th . I’ll have my official book signing and launch in November and am waiting on confirmation. I’m also doing a radio interview in the coming weeks. Writing this all out is kind of freaking me out! I’m so very thankful though!!!
So...the contest! Remember...there’s three ways to enter. I’ve updated the entry dates and the official release date since MERCY LILY will now be out October 8th, 2011, slightly earlier than I thought! Yeah! Thanks for entering & good luck!!

(In case you want to, you can pre-order it HERE! Squee! Pre-orders make my day!! I hear they’re being shipping already, too!!)
Three ways to enter. Three chances to win!- Enter any time up until October 7th. 
- Enter in one place, or all three for maximum entries!
- Final drawing and announcement of the single winner of ten copies will be held October 9th. (Because I’ll be celebrating October 8th - Mercy Lily’s release date!! LOL!)

*Be sure to leave your contact information and check back on the 9th to see if you've won!* Comments on LJ without contact info will not be included in the drawing, sorry!
 For more information email Lisa at writes4kids (@) wi.rr.com

Thanks again and please spread the word!!


August and September Winners of MERCY LILY!

The Nine Months Until Mercy Lily Debuts Giveaway is winding down! I'm in the nesting phase and knitting booties for my baby! One month to go! The winners of the August (late because of technical difficulties) and September copies are: Sandy Brehl and Laura Menardi Jacobsen. Come on down! He-he. Ladies, please PM or email me with your addresses. Thanks for entering! October will be the final month of the celebration and I'm giving away TEN copies! Please spread the word to teens, teachers, librarians, books clubs, and YA lovers. Details for the October Giveway will be posted on Monday. Thanks a bunch!! Lisa~