Friday, January 28, 2011

Before & After: Keri Mikulski

Keri Mikulski is the author of Head Games (Razorbill/Penguin, January 6th, 2011) and Stealing Bases (Razorbill, 2011). Keri teaches middle school, high school, and college level creative writing courses and resides at the Jersey Shore with her family, where she plays a ton of pick-up basketball and worships Derek Jeter from afar. A three-sport athlete, Keri took enormous pride in her lucky game day scrunchies and half-top Nike Air Jordans. Learn more at

Keri is an exception to the "debut" rule in the way that this isn't her first book. However, it IS her first book with a large publisher... which is why she still qualifies.

12/19/10: "How is the pre-publication different now compared to the last time you were published?"
Since my first book, Screwball, was published with a smaller press, I had the opportunity to get my writing feet wet. But now, after soaking my feet for a few years, I'm diving into the deep end with the release of Head Games, my first book with Razorbill, a division of Penguin. While Screwball was available for the ost part online, Head Games is widely distributed throughout the country via bookstores, online and even eBay (I spotted it while shopping this week). It's an amazing glittery feeling to know that my sporty books are going to reach a much larger audience this time around and I look forward to the reactions from my readers. I am beyond excited and feel truly blessed to live my dream.

1/20/11: Wow! What a whirlwind.. I survived my first ‘official’ release. :) And here’s what I learned...

1. All the hard work, sleepless nights, and worrying were worth it the moment I spotted my book on the shelf.
2. When you set out to write for a specific audience and they love your work.. It’s the best feeling in the world. :)
3. Positive thinking is crucial.
4. I learned to focus on what I can control – the writing.
5. Author buds are priceless and pull you through the best and worst of times.
6. But, most of all, I learned to be thankful for the opportunity to do what I love.

Reviews for Head Games
Books With Bite
The Book Cellar
A Good Addiction



Buy The Book:
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository

Head Games Swag Giveaway!

Keri was nice enough to donate some swag for a giveaway on the feature! I don't have them around me now, but I know there will be at least 5 winners that will get a Head Games bookmark, sticker and a charm! All you have to do is fill out the form below!

- You must be a follower.
- Giveaway is international.
- Contest will end next Friday (2/4) at midnight EST.
- Please make sure to fill out all of the information on the form!


Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks so much for having me, Missy!!!

Please add charms to the giveaway too. :)

Happy Friday!

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed the before and after posts by Keri. Thank you for sharing! I really enjoyed reading what Keri has learned from all her hard work! Thank you for the opportunity!


Lexie@BookBug said...

I love that Keri plays sports! I hate when authors try to write about sports (especially basketball) and have no idea what they are talking about!

Syki said...

Thanks for this feature. I like watching basketball in TV and this book sounds good :)

Unknown said...

Love the premise of the book! Thanks again for the feature.

Life's Simple Pleasures said...

loved her After post. thanks for sharing her thoughts here!

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