Alissa Grosso's Blog
October 10, 2014
Here’s a throwback pic of the Collingswood Book Festival from 2011. That’s Alissa on the far left with Keri Mikulski and Ellen Jensen Abbott.
The Twelfth Annual Collingswood Book Festival takes place Saturday, October 11 in Collingswood, NJ, and Alissa will be there. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for her and other members of the KidLit Authors Club in the Teen/Tween tent. At 2 p.m. Alissa will be speaking on a panel on Developing Characters in Realistic Fiction with fellow YA authors Alison Ashley Formento, Tiffany Schmidt, Elisa Ludwig, Yvonne Ventresca, Margie Gelbwasser, Timothy Tocher and Pamela Tuck.
Also, think sun! In fact, if you know any anti-rain dances you might want to perform them. If the weather holds out the festival will be held outdoors on Collingswood’s main drag, but in case of rain the festival will have to be moved indoors and will be held at the Collingswood High School at 424 Collings Avenue.
September 25, 2014
Alissa will be at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend. The festival will be held at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and runs from Friday, September 26th through Sunday, September 28th. Alissa will be there all three days. You can find her and other authors of books for children and teens at the KidLit Authors Club booth. The festival runs noon to 8 Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 on Sunday.
Stop by and say hi, and pick up some swag or a book or two, because Alissa doesn’t want to lug all this stuff back home again:
September 18, 2014
It’s Alissa’s day to share her thoughts on YA Outside the Lines. The topic is teachers and Alissa takes a trip down memory lane to recall with fondness and annoyance some of her school day memories in this month’s post, Teachers: The Good, The Bad and The Ones That Wore Yellow Eyeshadow.
September 3, 2014
If you are or know an aspiring writer of middle grade fiction, you’ll want to take a look at the Christine Eldin Fellowship, which is now open for submissions. Named for an aspiring middle grade author who was a champion of fellow writers, this memorial fellowship aims to provide recognition and financial assistance to a talented middle grade writer. You can see the full details of the prize and submit your own work here.
An Indiegogo campaign is also presently underway to help fund the fellowship and ensure that it can continue to provide recognition and support annually to aspiring writers for years to come. There’s a lot of cool perks available for funders. So please check out the memorial fellowship’s Indiegogo Campaign and consider making a donation, no matter how small.
August 18, 2014
Alissa has joined the talented team of YA authors who contribute to YA Outside the Lines. Each month the authors contribute their own post on a given topic.
Alissa’s first post on the topic of beginnings, “Alissa Grosso’s Patented Dog Walk Desk” is now up at YA Outside the Lines and while it does concern an invention she hasn’t actually gotten around to patenting it also looks at the issue of beginnings and why so many of them seem to come to her on dog walks.
July 29, 2014
Alissa’s new YouTube venture officially launches today with the irreverent and completely ridiculous Author Makeup Tutorial:
Huge thank you to all the generous folks who helped to make this awkwardness a reality!
June 30, 2014
It’s been just under a week since Alissa’s Indiegogo campaign for her new Awkward Author YouTube channel went live, and the great news is she’s already halfway toward her $500 goal. Here’s a quick video update from Alissa and her feline assistant, Autumn:
June 24, 2014
Alissa will be sharing her observations and experiences about her author life, books and really anything that comes to mind in weekly videos on Awkward Author, a new YouTube channel. The channel is set to officially launch on July 22.
June 2, 2014
So, in case you weren’t able to make it to Chester County for the “Why YA?” panel featuring KidLit Authors Club members Alison Formento, Kit Grindstaff, Dianne Salerni and Alissa Grosso, the Chester County Book Company has uploaded a video of the panel to their YouTube channel. The featured authors share some thoughts on the challenges faced with marketing middle grade and young adult novels.
May 30, 2014
This Sunday Alissa will join fellow children’s, YA and middle grade authors at the Somerville Street Fair located on Main Street in Somerville, NJ from 11 to 5. Books will be available for purchase and signing via the ever-awesome Clinton Book Shop.