As part of the virtual book tour for Many Genres, One Craft, I have more contributor interviews this week: C. Coco DeYoung, Crystal B. Bright, Kaye Dacus, and John DeChancie.

Find out about C. Coco DeYoung's unique path to publishing:

One should always consider the writing contests. A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt was a submission for the Marguerite de Angeli Prize for historical fiction. Along with the honor, which I hold most dear, came an advance and promise of publication. Over 172,000 copies have sold, the book is available in the Korean language and as an E-book.

--C.Coco DeYoung

C. Coco De Young is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and storyteller. Her middle-grade novel, A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt, received the Marguerite de Angeli Prize, nomination for 10 State Book Awards, the 2000-2001 Keystone to Reading Book Award, Teacher's Choices 2000 by the International Reading Association, a Booklist "Top 10 First Novels" of 1999, and was selected by the Children's Book Council and the National Council of Social Studies as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Ms. De Young holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education, and an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, both from Seton Hill University. She resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband, Don.

Coco is a contributor to Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction, a writing guide edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller and based on the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction graduate program.


  1. I think many writers overlook the contests, Coco. Thank you for the reminder!


  2. Hello Heidi, Fellow Writers, and Blog Readers. I would like to add that entering and winning the contest opened many more opportunities beyond publication.

    Immediately following the release of A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt, and to this day, my professional calendar is complete with book signings, author visits across the country, and speaking engagements. Because of this, I fill the need to mention Toastmasters International.

    As a newly published author ten years ago, I found my knees knocking (literally) when asked to speak publicly. I joined Toastmasters to hone those skills, build confidence, and speak with clarity. Now, I am a newly designated Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), often invited to speak before fellow Toastmasters at conferences etc., where they want to hear more about my life as an author. As an author and better prepared public speaker, word travels and I am often invited to conferences as a keynote speaker before educators, librarians, administrators, etc.,

    As writers, I feel we need to look beyond honing our skills for publication to what happens after publication. We want our readers to love our work, whether on the written page or in the public eye.

    Heidi, thank you for the opportunity to blab on your blog!


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