Holiday gift ideas for writers and readers

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a writer (or reader) in your life, try one of these ideas! If you live near Austin, Texas… Delight your favorite writer with a ticket to my workshop at the Writing Barn on the Logic of Storytelling. This is a craft-focused class that gives writers a tool […]

school visits

One of my goals for this new school year is to do more school visits. To help make that happen, I’ve created this Leila Sales school visit flyer. Click on it, let me know what you think, and maybe invite me to visit your school (or your kids’ school, or your former school, or just […]

Links for you

Do you need some things to read on the internet so you don’t have to go address your to-do list? Great — here are some things for you to read! Firstly, I wrote up a list of seven strategies to keep online bullying out of your life for the website SheKnows. These are all techniques […]

I have a new book out on May 1!

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say comes out on May 1, and I am so incredibly excited to share it with you all. Here’s the description: Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person. We all want to be seen. We all want to […]

Call for Scav Hunt Essay Submissions

If you’ve ever talked to me for longer than ten minutes, you’ve probably discovered that I’ve spent years involved in the University of Chicago’s Scav Hunt, that it is one of my favorite things in the world, and that I can talk about it endlessly. So, after nearly 15 years of being involved in Scav, […]

Desert Island Discs

I’m trying to put together a list of my Desert Island Discs (i.e. the albums I’d want to have with me if I were stranded on a desert island indefinitely). I have never come up with a final and complete list, and I’m certainly not going to do so tonight, but here’s what I’ve got […]

How to Win at New Years Resolutions

I am a big believer in New Years resolutions. I am also into birthday resolutions, Rosh Hashana resolutions, and summer resolutions: basically I will take any opportunity to try to be a better person. For 2008 I resolved to get more sleep. For 2009 I resolved to make my writing more of a priority. For […]

Read an excerpt from Once Was a Time now!

My first middle-grade novel is coming out with Chronicle Books on April 5, 2016. It’s called Once Was a Time, and here is what it looks like: Newbery Award winner Katherine Applegate called it “unforgettable.” Anne Ursu called it “boundary-breaking and timeless.” Courtney Sheinmel called it “elegant and heartwrenching.” Are you thinking, “I don’t want […]

Tonight the Streets Are Ours blog tour starts today

Hard though this is to believe, Tonight the Streets Are Ours will be in bookstores exactly two weeks from now! So today we’re kicking off my blog tour. Here’s post #1: http://readeroffictions.com/2015/09/blog-tour-interview-giveaway-tonight-the-streets-are-ours-by-leila-sales/ Because my new novel is about a blogger, I’m doing something a little different for this tour. Not only are the bloggers asking […]

Tonight the Streets Are Ours launch events

I’ll be doing bookstore launch parties for Tonight the Streets Are Ours in NYC and Boston, and I’d love to see you there! Here are the facebook invitations with details: Tuesday, September 15: Boston launch event at Brookline Booksmith Thursday, September 17: NYC launch event at McNally Jackson RSVP, and I’ll see you there!