Want to Join Us?

Membership Guidelines

Membership status: We are currently OPEN to new members.  Also, please feel free to participate in our discussions by leaving a comment at the bottom of a page or post.  Thank you for supporting From the Mixed-Up Files!

When we do have openings, here are our membership qualifications:

Dedicated writers  of middle-grade literature.  We are also open to teachers and librarians who are dedicated readers of middle-grade literature.

Willing to commit to scheduled postings on the group blog and in discussions on the posts of others, and take on one additional job to help keep our website updated and running smoothly.

Daring to be different: We want to offer more in this one spot than can be found anywhere else on the web. And we don’t want to serve leftovers or already digested bits. Think new! Think exciting! Think BIG!

We love comments and hope you’ll participate in our blog discussions. We even like it if you don’t agree with us! Just keep it clean and don’t throw tomatoes at anyone.

Thanks for visiting our site!

16 Responses to Want to Join Us?

  1. I love your site and would like to join when there is an opening. I am Steven Donahue, author of Amy the Astronaut and the Flight for Freedom.


  2. I’d love to join this group. Just stumbled upon it last week and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs. I’ve published six books with traditional publishers, including Me Two, which became the Disney Channel movie, The Other Me. It’s still available through iUniverse’s Back in Print program with Author’s Guild. I’ve done some POD, as well.


  3. Hello! I’m Lisa Orchard the author of the middle grade Super Spies mystery/thriller series. I have published two books in the series and the third one will be available in August. I would love to be considered for membership and I’m willing to help in any way that is needed. Thanks so much for your time and consideration.


  4. Hello!
    My middle grade historical fiction novel, What the Moon Said, is being published early in 2014 by Putnam/Penguin. I didn’t know this site existed until a friend who belonged to the 2010 group told me about it earlier today. I rushed right over! I’m so very impressed by all that you have to offer. I wish I’d learned about you sooner, but as my grandmother always used to say, better late than never(!) I will be a regular visitor from now on, and, when you have a space, I would love to be considered for membership.
    Thank you for maintaining this fabulous site!
    Gayle Rosengren


    Marlene Fitzwater Reply:

    @Gayle Rosengren,

    Congratulations on having your novel published! I have written a historical novel for middle grade readers, after being published in other genres, and am looking to connect with an author who has published in this genre. If you are interested in connecting with a serious, dedicated writer, please let me know. Thanks so much.

    Marlene Fitzwater


    Gayle Rosengren Reply:

    @Marlene Fitzwater,
    Hello Marlene,
    Sure, I’d love to connect and exchange experiences. My book just went to copyediting and sales/marketing, so I’m entering the home stretch. :-) I have one more MG historical in the revision stage and a contemporary just completed (for the moment, anyway!). Who have you published with so far?


  5. Hi ya’ll!

    I just published the 1st Volume of the Angel Archives, called Audie the Angel and the Angel Army. It is a fast-paced, wholesome, fun adventure! Working on Volume 2 now and it includes Zombies in it…Angels and Zombies in 1 book! Please check out the website: http://www.audietheangel.com

    Also, I’d LOVE to be a member of this site when it opens back up! Thank you for your consideration and thank you for creating a site for Middle Grade! It’s awesome!!!

    ~Erika Kathryn~


  6. Greetings, All! I write across genres, from picture book to middle grade to poetry for children and adults and would love to become part of this group. Right now my poems can be found all over the web, my picture books are soon to be released on iBooks, and my serious/funny middle-grade, STELLA BELLAROSA, is for sale on Amazon. Please stop by and take a look–first three chapters are posted and book is free for download 5X every three months.


  7. Hi! I am the middle grade author of Scones and Sensibility (Egmont USA 2009), with another mg novel coming out next summer :) A site dedicated to Middle Grade?! It doesn’t get much better than that! I would love to be considered when an opening arises!




  8. Hello,

    I’m an Australian author of Middle Grade Fiction. My new series is about a very optimistic and determined seven year old called Alice-Miranda. Random House Australia have contracted 8 books with the first three released since Feb 2010. I am so excited that the first book, Alice-Miranda At School is launching in the US on 5 April. I am published in the US by Random House Delacorte. Your site is fantastic – wish I’d found it sooner!

    Love to be involved in any way possible.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline Harvey


  9. Hi. I was thrilled to find your site! I’m a middle-grade author with a new book coming out, ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET, Spring 2011, Abrams. I’ve taught Writing for Children at UCLA Extension, and love talking about writing, especially for this age. Hope to become a member!


  10. Love finding blogs about the Mid-Grade genre. I’m an Australian author of mid-grade fiction (here’s it’s more likely to be called Junior Fiction) – looking forward to keeping track of you all.
    We might come from different continents and hemispheres but I bet we have lots in common. :)


  11. My publisher is POD, if you consider these sorts of books, then perhaps you may look at my children’s book, The Tale of Ole Green Eyes, for early readers. You may learn more about my book at my website. Thank you!


  12. I always love visiting your site, and I’d love to play a part in it — in any way possible. GREAT JOB everyone!


  13. I’m the author of JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY INSANELY REAL LIFE (McElderry/S&S, Aladdin MIX), SOLVING ZOE (ditto; 2010 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year) and THIS IS ME FROM NOW ON (Aladdin MIX, April 2010). My fourth MG novel, TRAUMA QUEEN, will be published by Aladdin MIX spring 2011.

    I’m up for anything, and willing to commit to posting on a regular schedule. Right now I thinking of offbeat ways to keep tweens reading over the summer. I’d love to become a member of this site–and seriously, guys, I never throw tomatoes!


  14. I write a ‘Tween series, “Cynthia’s Attic,” with 4 books published, so far. The time-travel series targets readers 9-12.

    I’d love to be considered for membership and would enjoy contributing to the blog and discussions.

    If you need further information, please contact me. Spotted you on facebook!


Leave a Reply