Have a great weekend,
Book Reviews and Giveaways
- Do you look back fondly on discovering Harry Potter? She's writing for adults!
J.K. Rowling to Publish First Adult Novel - GalleyCat
- Great interview with a 15-year-old debut novelist and a chance to win 2 great books!
UNDER THE NEVER SKY AND SAVING FORT SMOKY GIVEAWAY and ASK THE EXPERT INTERVIEW WITH TEEN AUTHOR JENNA GUSTAFSON
- Three Middle Grade novels you and your kids will want to read.
Must Have Middle Grade Reads
- Enter by 3/5 to win a copy of FIRELIGHT--and read this great interview with Sophie Jordan.
Interview and Giveaway: Sophie Jordan on Firelight and Vanish
- Connecting to the power of bookclubs.
Book Clubs Matter: Guest post from She Reads: Melissa Hambrick
- Three steps to defining and using the mc's goal and the story objective to restructure your novel. Edit
I can (FINALLY!) announce my book deal! | Elizabeth May
- Writing about a flood? Here's another brilliant, comprehensive post in the Weather Thesaurus.
Weather Thesaurus Entry: Flood
- How many scenes are in your novel and how many do you need?
How Many Scenes Does Your Novel Need?
- Three keys to bringing a fantasy world to life.
Guest Blog with Kenya Wright - How to Create a Well-imagined Fantasy World
- The mc should discover information after the reader and other great insights on revelations in your ms.
Revelations and Reveals - how to surprise your reader
- The emotional processing of rejection is a kind of grief.@jenunedited shares the stages.
Five Stages of Rejection
- Live in the moment, make mistakes, and other great tips for writing a YA voice.
A Discussion on Voice in YA with Janice Hardy
- Leave your readers dangling on your hook when you end a scene. via@KMWeiland
Don’t Tie Off Your Scenes With a Ribbon
- When double negatives aren't necessarily wrong.
Don’t Be Negative About Negatives
- The fifteen story beats of HEIST SOCIETY. Great post
Plot Busters – Heist Society break-down in 15 sentences!
- Five ways to make sure you are writing your story the best way it can be written.
Writing the Right Story vs Writing the Story Right
- Trying to decide if your prologue really is necessary? Here are seven reasons it might not be.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues
- Each word in your ms must serve a distinct purpose and ”sound” exactly right.
I Speech: Tapping into Your “Writer’s Ear”
- One person’s dystopia is another person’s utopia--it's all in the POV.
Dystopia or Utopia? Sometimes, It's All in the Point of View
- The two paragraph rule for your writers toolbox. Great post!
Can We Have Too Much Voice?
- Eight tools Lauren Myracle used in SHINE and how to apply them yourself.
Writing lessons learned from SHINE
- Think you know how to use quotation marks correctly? Have questions? Read this.
A Quiz About Quotation Marks
- Wonder if you're starting in the right place? Where is the inciting incident?
How to Tell if Your Story Begins Too Soon
- Four ways pantsers can get back on track when stuck in a story quagmire.
Writing by the Seat of Your Pants
- Writing contest hosted by Lauren DeStefano . Enter by 3/7.
Fever by Lauren DeStefano Fan Fiction Writing Contest
- Good example of simultaneous world-building and character-building.
Love Your Characters
- Great writing contest with a great backstory behind it. Stop by and check it out before 2/29.
A Writing Contest For Your Best Experience EVER!
- All Man vs. Society conflicts have a common element: changing the status quo. Excellent.
The Other Side of the Story: There is No Bad Guy: What to do When Your Antagonist Isn't a Villain
- What real teens think about Valentine's Day (and the most envy-inducing gift).
YA Confidential: Tales from the Locker Room (And Other Stalk Worthy Places)
- Using the lens of your secondary characters to add depth and perspective.
Giving Your Characters A Little Perspective
Inspiration and Smiles
- If you want to be a writer, stop looking for maps and start walking your own path.
A Moment Of Unsolicited Advice
- Writing is magic, a living performance that surprises and awes the audience.
Writers Aren't Painters They're Magicians
- Three things you know as a writer that connect you to the world.
3 Things Writers Know
- Having a plant in your writing space can keep you grounded.
How Plants Can Help Your Writing! They can... I promise...
- Great post with 25 rules for every writer to live by.
25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called “Aspiring” Writers
- Great resources to help you get more creative.
Ten Obstacles to Creativity–and How to Overcome Them
- Discovering new weapons in your writing arsenal through rejection.
Turning Point or Reversal?
- Need a pick me up? Great story about perseverence and believing in your product.
60 rejection letters later...
- Don't demean your own success by comparing yourself with other other authors.
The Indelibles: What is Success?
- Admit it: you're procrastinating right now. 4 tips to stop procrastinating and start .
How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing
Issues, News, Trends, and Congratulations
- Congrats to all the finalists for the LA Times Book Prize, including @LibbaBray and @mstiefvater#books
2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalists announced
- What's the difference between a kindle and a book in school reading?
To Ban or Not to Ban: Kindle in the Classroom?
- Why writers really need to know how to budget.
Writerly Economics | GENREALITY
- The 4 major players in creating , and who is conspicuously absent. Day 2 of @wordforteen's YA lit class. Edit
WORD for Teens: Young Adult Literature: The Class (Day 2)
Social Media, Book Promotion, and Self-Publishing
- Want a book trailer? Here's how to make one.
How to Make Your Own Book Trailer
- How to develop blog and website content optimized for the way readers read online.
5 Keys to Writing for an Online Audience
- Five reasons you may not be getting as many comments on your blog as you used to.
Blog Commenting - Is It Going Extinct?
- GREAT post on how to keep readers on your author site longer and bring them back for more.
Author Websites: Layering Yours With Sticky Extras
- The marketing of your book isn't markedly different between indy/self pub and the big 6.
Susan Kaye Quinn, Young Adult Author: Sweat Equity in Book Publishing
- Spend ninety percent of your time being a good social media citizen and ten percent on promotion.
The 90/10 promotion rule: what to do with the 10%?
- Why genre will still play a role in how e-books are sold.
How Important is Genre in Today's World of E-Books?
- What not to do when promoting your book release on Twitter.
- Marketing your book for $200 and 20 hours.
YA Author Elana Johnson: The Basic Marketing Plan for Authors Who Have Bills to Pay Too
- Maria Lamda especially wants moving or hilarious YA/MG general, or women's fiction.
Agent Spotlight: Marie Lamba
- Great collection of writerly, agent, and publishing tweets from the past week.
Field Trip Friday, Twitter Version: February 24, 2012
- FANTASTIC view of the agent's side of THE CALL. Questions you might be asked.
Questions You Might Be Asked When Offered Representation
- An agent's perspective on realistic expectations for the slushpile, agent response, etc.
Ask an Agent - Part 5
- There are more publishers than ever and 5 other reasons it's a good time to write.
6 Reasons for Writers to Be Optimistic
- Made a typo in your queryletter? Yes, avoid them. But it may not kill your chances.
Typos in Queries
- Interested in writing Harlequin romance? Here's what they are looking for.
Writing For Harlequin - Things Scott Looks For In Submissions
Other Weekly Round-Ups:
- Cynthia Leitich Smith at Cynsationsdoes a Cynsational author, craft, and book news review.
- Elizabeth Craig posts a comprehensive weekly list of all her helpful Twitter posts.
- Stina Lindenblatt does a fabulous Cool Links Friday post every week.
- YA Highway's Friday Road Trip hits the high points of the publishing industry, writing craft, submissions process, and other fun stuff.
Happy reading and joyous writing,
Clara and Martina