Several months ago, I received an exhilarating call from my wonderful agent, Linda Camacho. Scholastic was going to publish my middle grade novel BLIZZARD BESTIES! SCHOLASTIC! This meant my book was going to be in the book fair! In the book club flier! In book shelves, libraries, and kids’ hands! Keeping this a secret was a coming-of-age experience for me (my siblings can attest that I USED TO BE the worst at keeping secrets. Not anymore, hermanitos!).

During the months in which my lips were zipped, I worked relentlessly. We had a very bizarre winter in Utah, and for the first time in my life, I wished for snow with an intensity that surprised me. You see, I needed some snowflakes to inspire me as I finished drafting and revising my manuscript! This wonderful Spotify playlist kept me in a wintery, adventurous mood, though, until we finally got the much needed snow some time in February. By the end of April, when I’d finished copyedits and first pass pages, I was honestly ready for Spring. Now I’m loving the gentle rain and all the flowers blooming in my yard.
I’m getting my own peonies for the first time in my life! But in a corner of my heart, I’m looking forward to magical winter, and crystal snowflakes, and hot chocolate by a fire, snuggling up to my book. My first real book!

December feels forever away, but there have been a lot of exciting things keeping me busy as I wait for my book to hit the shelves and make in into my readers’ hands! First of all, I finally got to announce my book, and the community, friends, and family outpouring of love has been intoxicating (in the best way!). In case you missed it, here’s the official announcement.

And here’s a picture of me signing my Scholastic contract with my lucky golden diamond pen. Notice the majestic snow-covered mountains in the background!

My book is already up to pre-orders online at The King’s English and Amazon (pst, if you pre-order from The King’s English, there will be a special something just for you. More coming soon!), and of course, it’s also available on Goodreads. It would mean so much if you added to your shelf, and while you’re there, also add my picture book Where Are You From? which is turning so beautiful I can’t stand it. It comes out next Spring and I should be able to share a cover soon!

Talking about covers, have you seen the cover sneak peek of BLIZZARD BESTIES? If not, here it is. Enjoy!

My beloved community at Project MG Mayhem will have an exclusive cover reveal, excerpt, and giveaway on Monday, May 21. You don’t want to miss that! Until then, my friends, and THANK YOU for all your love and support! I’m a blessed woman. I get to do what I love the most which is share my stories with the world.


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Yamile Saied Mendez

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American, Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult author.

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