Friday, November 4, 2011

This Week for Writers 11/4/2011: Our Favorite Articles and Blog Posts

Update: Evidently, sharing our circles this way isn't going to work. I'm SOOOOO sorry! I am desperately looking for solutions, and I will eventually find one. In the meantime, you can still see our stream by finding us at Google+ using the email address (kidlit (at) writeedge dot com) and joining our circle. I guess we have to confirm? Anyway, apparently once we add you to the writer's circle,  you'll see all the posts coming through. They just won't be neatly separated. And like I said, I'm searching for solutions. Meanwhile, I'm pounding my head against the desk.


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) 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.

With regrets,


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:



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 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



(Add us to your writing circle to see them using kidlit (at) writeedge dot com)

After the Sale (1 post)
Book Reviews (4 posts)

Congrats (3 posts)
Contests (3 posts)
Craft of Writing (23 posts)
Critiquing (4 posts)
Inspiration (17 posts)
Issues, News and Trends (6 posts)
Just for Smiles (6 posts)
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:

Did we miss anything? Anyone? Please leave a comment!

Happy reading and joyous writing,

Martina, Clara & Marissa


  1. Now, how do we find your circles on Google+? When I click on the link it says "nothing shared here" so I gather that means I have to add you to my circle? But I can't find you...

  2. Thanks, Natalie! Good luck.

    Sharon, thanks for the heads up. I just created a new account to test it, and sure enough, it doesn't work the way I hoped. I'm looking for a solution to share the individual categories, but in the meantime, finding us by the email address above will at least share the full stream. My apologies to all for the confusion!

  3. Everyone, please send Martina a big cyber-hug for all her hard work trying to get our Best Articles to you! She's been working non-stop since Google made the changes earlier this week. She sacrificed entering a contest and she delayed starting her NaNo novel. And I know she won't stop until she finds a solution.

    In fact, along with those cyber-hugs, I think our wonderful Martina needs some cyber-chocolate and cyber-wine!

  4. Clara,

    You're such a sweetie! I feel bad that all your hard work is diminished. But at least the tweets are going out and we'll I'm sure there will be a solution soon. Someone out there with an even bigger incentive than ours will develop a tool to make this work. Have to say it makes me feel old to hate "progress" this much. :)



  5. I'm on Google + but I barely know how to use it. Gah! Thanks for doing all this work for us :D

  6. I'm like Julie--on Google+ but not yet familiar with how to use it. It seems very cool in theory, but it's hard to ramp up to learning yet another platform. Gah!

    I was also stopping by to let you know that I gave you an award over on my blog. I'm not sure if you do the whole award thing here, but if you'd like to participate, hop on over to read the rules :).

  7. Julie and Cheryl, I have to admit I played with Google+ for about an hour in the summer and that was it. I don't even really get on Facebook. (Although Marissa and Clara are Facebook PROs). I really struggle to find enough writing time, so I have to reluctantly let some things go. I had pretty much decided that Google+ was going to be one of those things--and then this happened. It seems to be useful as a way to organize contacts. For us, I think we're probably going to use it mostly to provide the live feed of blog posts and articles we collect during the week. I'm going to try to run through and discover new people and blogs and opinions when I can. I think I've connected to both of you there already.

    Cheryl, thanks so much for the award! We don't post them on the blog, not because we don't appreciate them, but more because we try to focus on what's great about other people's work and other people's blogs.

    All of this is such a juggle, isn't it? The more time we spend going to blogs one by one, the fewer blog posts we can read and recommend. What ends up getting lost in all this is the great social connections that are the strength behind all of this. Sometimes it all feels like too much.

    Which is a long way of saying thank you. Your support, the support from EVERYONE who stops by here or writes all that great information for other writers on their own blogs, is so very much appreciated!



  8. I always look forward to Fridays and your list of great posts. THANK YOU! I'll try to find you on Google+

  9. Umm...I'm not old enough to use Google+! Plus, I'm not into networking. It seems like too much of a time sink at this stage. :(

    Will you post the full list on the blog in the future?

  10. Taffy, thank YOU! It's great to hear that the list is helpful. And we'll hope to see you on Google+, if I can find my way around it enough to not be completely lame.

    CO, I will get the list back here as soon as I possibly can. I really am working on it.


  11. Oh, thank you! The round-ups are my favorite part of this blog, since they tend to be extensive yet organized. I find that looking at the links to the left spoils the excitement of seeing them all linked in one post.

  12. At this point in my life joining one more thing i.e. Google+ is not something I am willing to do. Sorry. I have a life and I'm not going to let Facebook, Twitter, and Google suck it out of me!

  13. Not a part of google+ but this book sounds fabulous!

  14. CO, we'll do our best! I promise!

    Deb, I'm with you. It is frustrating, isn't it? And just when you think you've figured things out, they change everything or something new comes along and you have to start all over.

    Teril, good luck! It is a good book.


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