So... Google took away all the "social" aspects of Google Reader this week. How much do I love that? About as much as I love a good toe fungus. Improvements? Hamburger.. The changes mean we have no way to port the posts we share into a format that we can actually use for the Friday posts. For now, we're going to have to do exactly what Google wants, which is to push people to Google+, even if that makes me, personally, want to barf a hairball.
With apologies, I'm going to post links to some our hastily-established Google+ "Circles" in the corresponding categories, and invite any of you who are Google+ members, or who want to join (it's free), to browse the links there. I'm sorry for the inconvenience! I also apologize for the fact that, this week, all our favorite posts between last Friday and Tuesday have been completely lost.
You'll find the new Google+ links below. You'll need to be logged into Google+ and find us using the email address kidlit (at) writeedge.com. The only good part of this whole scenario is that our recommended articles and blog posts during the week will be posted there and accessible immediately every day, so you can check our recommendations any time you have a minute.
That doesn't mean we won't offer you something special as part of our Friday posts. For those of you who don't want to the the Google+ thing, here are our favorite favorites. Enjoy! This will be a little more comprehensive in the future. We will also post a regular Friday giveaway.
UP FOR GRABS TODAY:
DRAGON'S OATH by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him
In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate.
Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world.... In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…
But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all?
Enter by filling out the form at the bottom of the page by 11/10/2011.
The winner of Georgia McBride's two books:
THE BEGINNING OF AFTER (ARC): Vivien Propst
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS: Tiffany Drew
NOVEMBER FIRST FIVE PAGES WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT
As always, the first Saturday of the month means the new round of our First Five Pages Workshop. Email us your first 1250 words starting at noon Eastern. The full rules are here.
Lucky for you, we have two guest workshop mentors this month!
Susan Sipal is published in fiction and nonfiction through articles, short stories, and a novel and has worked in the industry as an editor and marketing consultant. Over the last several years, she developed and presented "A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter," which helps writers of all genres improve their craft with Harry Potter as their text. Her next publication is a short story entitled "Running Raw," which will appear in the Belle Books' collection Tales From Mama's Heart. She Tweets @HP4Writers and blogs at HarryPotterforWriters.blogspot.com where she also offers freelance editing services.
Cathy Yardley has published 14 novels with Harlequin, St. Martin's and Avon, as well as the non-fiction book Will Write For Shoes: How to Write A Chick Lit Novel. She teaches writing with Savvy Authors as well as providing editing and promotional services at rockyourwriting.com.
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- Jody Hedlund: A Writer’s Number One Enemy: Don't sabotage yourself. Battle past the doubt.
- BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency: Finding Your Middle Editor: The space between looking for things and letting them go.
- The Blood-Red Pencil: Adding Conflict to Your Story: Beyond conflict on the page--build conflict in your reader.
- Jo Knowles: The Benefits of the Long and Winding Road
- YA Muses: Facing Down Writing Fears: Love the idea of a positive feedback file!
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- Writer Unboxed » Self-Published Authors Have Great Power, But Are They Taking Responsibility? We grow by being pushed. A case against rushing to self-pub.
- Amber Keyser: How to Find Your Way in the Publishing World
- Help! I Need a Publisher!: Crabbit's Tips for Writers - 1: On Writing Fiction
- Blind Spots of Writers That Derail Them | GENREALITY: Great post for characterization, plotting, and for life.
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FULL LISTS OF RECOMMENDED POSTS -
(Add us to your writing circle to see them using kidlit (at) writeedge dot com)
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Book Reviews (4 posts)
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Contests (3 posts)
Craft of Writing (23 posts)
Critiquing (4 posts)
Inspiration (17 posts)
Issues, News and Trends (6 posts)
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Self-editing (5 posts)
Self-publishing (1 post)
Social Media (2 posts)
To Market (7 posts)
As always, see stop by the following blogs for more great writerly links:
- Elizabeth Craig posts a weekly list of all her helpful Twitter posts.
- And don't forget to check Nathan Bransford's blog for his weekly recap of publishing news and information.
- YA Highway's Friday Road Trip hits the high points of the publishing industry, writing craft, submissions process, and other fun stuff.
- Cynthia Leitich Smith at Cynsations does a Cynsational author and book news review.
- Debbie Ohi always hits the kidlit/ya high spots with a great list of links.
Happy reading and joyous writing,
Martina, Clara & Marissa