May 16, 2017

“Thank you, JLG!” from Cyndy Etler, One Very Happy Author

Written by Jeanette Rivard

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The Dead Inside
by Cyndy Etler

“I opened the hardcover of my young adult memoir, The Dead Inside, and saw a shiny goldish circle. JLG, it said. My stomach dropped. Was I hallucinating? My book? A Junior Library Guild selection? Not possible. But there it was.

Books were my friends and family when I was young. The ones with the special foil circles on the cover were the kings and queens, the extra-specials. I’d run my finger over those cover-medals, maybe chanting some incantation. Because that’s what I wanted. To be a writer. To be a writer who was so good, her books won foil circles.

When I was 13, and homeless, and alone, and desperate, such status seemed impossible. And it stayed that way. Until I opened the hardcover of my debut memoir. And saw that JLG circle.

According to WorldCat, my book is in 161 public libraries. I’m certain the validation in that circle opened many of those doors. I’m reaching out to public school librarians and administrators, name-dropping the Junior Library Guild, and getting quick emails in reply: “Please, send us more info!” I am, quite literally, living my dream.

The quality of my work had something to do with getting that gold foil circle, I’m sure. But you, Junior Library Guild, you gave that work a chance. To this kid, that’s nothing short of a miracle.”—Cyndy Etler


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  1. Tina Sanders

    on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 13:50pm

    Just finished reading this book last night. Very powerful. Have recommended it for the Tayshas list. Tina

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Jeanette Rivard

Jeanette Rivard is our Marketing Specialist. She's responsible for pulling together all of our e-mails, including the JLG Monthly. She also maintains our Web site making sure that the information you find there is complete and accurate. Jeanette starts gaining in-depth knowlege of a JLG title as soon as Susan Marston selects it. And twice yearly she has the opportunity to thank authors and illustrators for their phenomenal work by sending award packets to them. Having been in the publishing business for a mind-boggling amount of years, she feels that children's and young adult authors and illustrators are the most grateful and considerate of all!

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