Monthly Archives: August 2009

Creatively named children’s/YA bookstores

There are some fantastic independent children’s and YA bookstores that make me want to visit them just because of their names–like Toronto’s The Flying Dragon, Another Story Bookshop, and Mabel’s Fables; Canada’s Neverending Stories (I loved the Neverending Story by … Continue reading

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Twitter may help sell books & keep you connected

Are you a writer? Editor? Publisher? Then you might want to seriously consider being on Twitter. Yeah, I know–another social networking tool. Do you really need another? But I’ve found it a great tool for finding out what’s going on … Continue reading

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Tattoo To-Do List

I love using to-do lists. They help me stay organized. So I really enjoyed looking at this to-do list that’s a temporary tattoo. You put it on your hand (or wherever), and use the skin-safe gel pen to write out … Continue reading

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write children’s/YA books & tweet?

Do you write children’s or YA books, and you’re on Twitter? If so, get your Twitter handle listed on It’s one more resource to help people find you. Authors of adult fiction, non-fiction, etc are also listed.

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Children’s author Nancy Springer on Twitter!

Nancy Springer is one of my favorite children’s authors, and now she’s on Twitter! Some of my top favorite children’s books are ones she wrote: Sky Rider; Red Wizard; and Colt. They have emotion and hope in them, and bits … Continue reading

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Literacy Lava – free online mag with literacy tips for parents

Download Literacy Lava, a free literacy magazine with tons of tips for parents and teachers on how to encourage literacy in children, until Aug 31st (new issue comes out Sept 1). Thank you to Book Chook for the information

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Free unplugging USB devices software until Aug 25

I don’t know about you, but I have a heck of a lot of USB devices on my computer (mouse, pen drives, mini drives, keyboard, etc.). And I’m, ahem, not very patient with computer stuff; I want things to be … Continue reading

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Relieving Neck Pain – Tips for Writers & Readers

Check out this article for writers by Jennifer Waak on how to relieve neck pain. I think most of them apply to readers as well, and anyone who spends a lot of time at their computer or reading.

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children’s YA author or illustrator? Win a spot at Orange Country Children’s Book Festival

Are you a published children’s or YA author or illustrator? If you are, you can enter to win 1 of 6 spots at JacketFlap’s booth in The Orange County Children’s Book Festival (Southern California) for Oct 4. To qualify, you … Continue reading

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new slim ebook reader

Another new ebook reader is coming onto the market, this one from Merlin Digital. They tote it as the slimmest ebook reader available. (Excuse me while I get excited; I’m a gadget/tech nerd, as well as a book nerd. 🙂 … Continue reading

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