Our own lovely Clara Kensie just signed with Laura Bradford of Laura Bradford Literary!!!! Much more about this later, but I had to give her a shout out. Isn't that great? We're SO proud of her. And seriously, seriously, it couldn't have happened to a lovelier, more talented, more generous person.
Book Reviews and Giveaways
- Great story from @SWMessenger on how she got YA and MG deals from the same editor.
How I became the most accidental YA writer ever
- What do you do when someone finds your work offensive?
- Great and critique opportunities. Congrats @S_M_Johnson on the new web site.
Down Under Wonderings: Website Launch and Gigantic Giveaway
- Oooo... these 5 debuts sound fantastic! Interesting interviews with the authors
The Debut Dish: January IIII - The Story Siren
- Looking for some awesome reads?@PJ_Hoover lines them up for you.
ALA Midwinter—The Books
Craft of Writing
- Fantastic advice on THE END: juxtapose your first & last chapters.
YA Muses: Avoiding The End
- Six important tips for your opening chapters.
- What's in a name? Anything can happen in speculative fiction.
What Is Speculative Fiction?
- Eight ways to get a deeper POV on your mc and have fun while you do it.
Ransacking Apartments (& Others Ways to Get to Know Your MC Better)
- Important point: 1st person POV needs a unique voice and perspective.
Don’t Even Think About Using First-Person Unless...
- Literary and commercial fiction defined--no judgments. Great post
Literary vs. Commercial
- Pressure points, challenging reader beliefs, and whispering to the reader. Great insights from Stephen King
7 Things I Learned Last Week from Stephen King
- Planning out your story? Starting a revision? Read this post on structure.
25 Things You Should Know About Story Structure
- Making the end of the novel come from the characters.
Finding a Satisfying End
- Great post on what adults (and ya writers) don't get right about teens today.
Teen Roundtable: What Have Adults Forgotten?
- Meeting your characters in the middle without added flab.
We All Get Them Eventually: Sagging Middles
- Honor your fabulous personality and let it barf out in your writing. Love this post.
Another word about Voice
- Bar = Build up, Action, Reaction -- the pacing triad. Great post.
- Five new questions to ask your characters.
Questions you should ask the characters in your novel or screenplay
- Considering self-pub? Need a professional eye before you query? Here's what you should know before you hire a pro editor.
4 Ways to Find the Right Freelance Editor
- Need a punctuation refresher? Here you go.
Self-Editing #6 - Clean Up Crew: Punctuation
- Start at the end, work backwards to the middle, and keep going back until you find the starting point of your story.
KM Weiland on Reverse Outlining + GIVEAWAY
- Four steps to finding the right metaphors in your fiction.
Think Backward to Write Meaningful Metaphors
- Letting go of the baggage and releasing the power of revision.
Project 2012: Scene selection: what to throw and what to keep
- Meeting goals, breaking rules, and taking names.@LisaGailGreen answers questions.
A Whole Bunch of Answers!
- Don't leave the emotion out of your action scene--give the reader a reason to feel.
Writing Kickass Action Scenes: Part Three
- The latest entry in the Character Trait Thesaurus: Disorganized!
The Bookshelf Muse: Character Trait Entry: Disorganized
- Make your characters more vivid & visceral with this inner dialogue concept from @StoryFix. Brilliant!
Game Changer: Create An Inner Dialogue Within your Hero, and Your Villain
- Twenty BRILLIANT questions to ask before you say your ms is done.
A Personal Check List for Fiction Writers
- A great beginning is a balance of setting, fully-formed worlds, and complex characters…
The DNA of a Beginning
- Five ways to sabotage your writing career.
5 Attitudes Toward Publishing You Should Avoid
- Do your scenes all have goals, conflicts, stakes, and choices? And why do you need them?
Fundamental Check: Do Your Scenes Have What They Need?
- A breakdown of one writer's outlining process. Good tips.
Outlining your novel: a method.
- Fact-checking applies to fiction, too.
The Blood-Red Pencil: Be My Guest - Jodie Renner
Inspiration and Smiles
- "Be daring. Be bold. Embrace chaos, death, anxiety…" Christine Fonseca on fearlessly. I. Love. This.
Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight: Guest Blog with Christine Fonseca - The Act of Being Fearless
- Step away from your writing and see if from a different perspective.
Cooking Up Some Good Writing
Fascinating. How do you look compared to how you think you look? Get comfy with it. 52 Weeks ~ A self portrait (4/52)
- Triple your daily word count by using Google+ Hangouts to host "write-ins." Great idea!
YA Highway: How I Tripled My Daily Wordcount with Google+
Issues, News, Trends, and Congratulations
- Congrats @KamiGarcia @MargaretStohl on your first (Oscar nom!) cast member!
Alcon Sets Richard LaGravanese, Viola Davis For ‘Beautiful Creatures’
- Congrats to Maggie Stiefvater and Scholastic. I can't wait for September!
Maggie Stiefvater Inks Deal for 4-Book Epic Fantasy
- What do Murphy's law, Gaiman's Law, and six others have in common and why can you relate?
8 Laws Named For Writers « PWxyz
- Congrats to @JosinMcQuein on the book deal. WOOT!
My Bloggish Blog Thing
- The YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adult lists. Congrats to everyone on it!
2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
Self-Publishing, Book Promotion, and Author Marketing
- Five quick things you can do to promote your pen name.
Promoting a Pen Name
- Does the author's gender matter enough in your genre to merit using your initials instead of your name?
Gender Issues In Publishing. Using Initials As A Female Thriller Writer
- Four tips to help you make the most of your book tour.
Your Book Tour: Seize the Opportunity to be Memorable
- Check these great agent interview links.
Interviews with Literary Agents
- Crossing genres? Be smart, pick the alpha element as a tag, and never give up.
Is it OK to cross genres?
- Great interview about what makes Entangled Publishing different.
Interview: Liz Pelletier, publisher of Entangled Publishing
- Pitch critique fest -- hurry up and join the workshop.
Pitch Workshop with Brenda Drake, Shelley Watters, & Cassandra Marshall
- Interesting query observations from Red Sofa Literary.
A Penny for Your Thoughts: Queries from 2011
- Great way to think of the pitching process.
Pitching Is A Job Interview
- New MG twitter hashtag, plus wonderful online events for MG writers.
Love to Write Middle Grade Fiction? Fabulous News...
- What to do before you query so you'll be ready for the call.
Before THE Call: Ten Tasks to Complete Before an Agent Calls
- Don't think an agent earns her keep? Read this.
playing for the house: an editorial assistant on the dangers of going agent-free
- What agents and editors really talk about.
The Inevitable Shit Agents and Editors Say
- Great post on the small press vs. large press experience.
Harry Potter for Writers: Guest Post: Why A Small Press? by Alicia Rasley
- Why a huge advance isn't always in your best interest.
It’s Not Always About the Money | Rachelle Gardner
- Twelve great tips to get your 90-second pitch perfect.
Crafting Your 90-Second Pitch
- On a journey to publication? Read this guide by @JaneFriedman
Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published | Jane Friedman
- Agent Chris Richman of Upstart Crow Lit seeks YA/MG books for boys, books w/unforgettable characters, & high-concept material.
The Official SCBWI Conference Blog: Chris Richman: the Current Market for Your Work
- Interesting post about agents, submissions, and the publishing environment.
25 Things Writers Should Know About Agents
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