Carmela A. Martino

Author. Speaker. Teacher.

Selected Works

Middle-Grade Novel
Rosa didn't know which she hated more--being lonely or being different. One thing she did know--she wanted a baby brother . . . one just like Antonio.

To read an excerpt from the novel,
click here.

For a list of discussion questions, click here.


The new edition of Rosa, Sola is now available, and includes a new "Discussion Questions" section for classroom use. The paperback can be ordered directly here, and from most online booksellers. The Kindle version is available from Amazon, and the Nook version is at BN.com!
Two Articles in the book below
Carmela's two articles appears in the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market edited by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books).
Short Story in Anthology
Short story in I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Switcheroos, a middle-grade anthology edited by Johanna Hurwitz. See the teacher's guide here.
Poem in And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer, a collection of 50 sports poems by writers from 10 countries.
Poem in Anthology
In Chicken Soup for the Soup: Teens Talk High School edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, & Madeline Clapps
For Recommended Reading for Children and Teens click below:


Carmela's Blog

Please note: This is only an occasional blog. Please see my regular posts at www.TeachingAuthors.com.


Resources for Fountaindale Library Great Beginnings Presentation

October 27, 2016

Tags: Beginnings, Presentations, Resources



Here are links to the online resources I'll be sharing this evening at the Fountaindale Public Library presentation, "Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages":

* Writer's Digest magazine Jan, 2011 article by Elizabeth Sims, "8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One."
* Article by Bharti Kirchner in The Writer, Dec. 2010, “The Pleasures and Perils of Prologues."

Blog posts by former literary agent Mary Kole, who is also the author of Writing Irresistible Kidlit (Writer’s Digest Books):
“The Promise of the Novel"
“First Lines"
“Fix Your Beginning"

Also, I won't be mentioning this article listing examples of some BAD ways to start a novel tonight, but it may be of interest, too.

If you have any questions about the presentation, you can post them as a comment below or email me via the "Contact" page of this blog.


Interviews, Reviews, and What I Did This Summer

October 20, 2016

Tags: Conference, Goodreads giveaway, Rosa Sola, Presentations, Interview, Review

Me, presenting "Coping with Your Inner Critic" at the Catholic Writers Guild Conference in July, 2016

The Goodreads giveaway of the revised edition of Rosa, Sola was a great success, with over 600 entries! I mailed off the three copies this morning. I hope the winners enjoy the novel.

In honor of the new release of Rosa, Sola, I was interviewed for the VCFA Launchpad blog--they asked lots of questions about how the story came to be written and published. You can see the post here.

Also, today, Barb Grady Szyszkiewicz posted a lovely review of the novel at CatholicMom.com. She included some great character interview questions at the end of the review. I hope you'll head over to read the responses.

Rosa, Sola is included in the SCBWI Book Blast campaign. You can watch a brief video there of me discussing the book . While you're there, I hope you'll sign the guest book and click the "like" button for a fun surprise. (Caution: don't have your volume too loud!) Also, check out the
Fans of SCBWI Facebook page
for fun Book Blast-related giveaways, including a chance to win copies of your favorite books.

I forgot to mention in my last post that I gave a presentation on "Coping with Your Inner Critic at the Catholic Writer's Guild live conference in July. I'll be repeating the presentation for the online conference in February, 2017. For more information, see the conference website.


Goodreads Giveaway Ending and Upcoming Presentation

October 4, 2016

Tags: Book giveaway, Rosa Sola, Goodreads giveaway, Presentations


The Goodreads giveaway of the revised edition of Rosa, Sola ends tomorrow. If you haven't entered yet, you'll want to go to this Goodreads page and do so now.

Also, I'll be presenting a one-day workshop, "Great Beginnings: Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages," at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 27. Registration is required, and begins October 6. Watch my Facebook page for details, or go to the library's website.


Resources for Great Beginnings Presentation

October 2, 2013

Tags: Beginnings, Presentations, Resources


Here are links to the online resources I'll be sharing at the Ela Public Library presentation, "Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages" on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 :

* Writer's Digest magazine Jan, 2011 article by Elizabeth Sims, "8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One." .
* Article by Bharti Kirchner in The Writer, Dec. 2010, “The Pleasures and Perils of Prologues ."

Blog posts by former literary agent Mary Kole, who is also the author of Writing Irresistible Kidlit (Writer’s Digest Books):
“The Promise of the Novel."
“First Lines ."
“Fix Your Beginning."

If you have any questions about the presentation, you can post them as a comment below or email me via the "Contact" page of this blog.