Monthly Archives: October 2009

The 250 Word YA Novel Discovery Contest!

This contest sounds like a fantastic opportunity for YA writers: Get in Front of Top YA Editors and Agents with ONLY the First 250 Words of Your YA Novel! Do you write young adult fiction? Do you want to get … Continue reading

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Why You Should Be On Twitter If You’re a Writer (or literary agent, editor, publisher, book publicist)

networking: you can meet, talk with, even develop friendships or professional relationships with other authors, editors, agents, and book publicists. Even if you don’t engage in conversation, just by following them, you find out whether or not you’d like to … Continue reading

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New independent YA publisher needs your help

Do you like independent publishers? I sure do. Do you like publishers that try to bring quality books that meet needs? I’ll bet you’re nodding again. I just discovered editor Stacy Whitman’s new start-up publishing company, Tu Publishing, that will … Continue reading

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“Being a writer is like…” contest

I love quotes about writers, writing, and reading. So this contest to write a simile of what “Being a writer is like…” piqued my interest. The prize interested me just as much–a copy of Advice to Writers: A Compendium of … Continue reading

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YA fantasy author Cinda Williams Chima presented in Toronto

I went to see YA fantasy writer Cinda Williams Chima speak at Indigo in Toronto the other night–and I’m so glad I went. I felt like I learned a lot from her, as an author–and was excited, as a reader. … Continue reading

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Gifts for Book Lovers, Writers, & Editors, Part 6

I *love* finding book- and writing-related gifts for writers, book lovers, editors–anyone who loves books and words! Here are a few gift possibilities: Keyboard Pen This is likely to appeal to writers more than readers. A pen with a QWERTY … Continue reading

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Children’s Literature Project – video interviews with children’s & YA authors

Do you know about the Children’s Literature Project? On the production blog, you can see snippets of video interviews with many children’s and YA authors and illustrators (and some children’s/YA editors as well, such as Roger Sutton from The Horn … Continue reading

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rejection for writers – don’t give up

I *love* reading about well-known writers, or writers whose writing I admire, whose work got rejected multiple times. I think I relate, since it took me 10 years and more than 40 revisions of Scars to find a publisher where … Continue reading

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a must-watch video on our perception of beauty

I think this video is important for girls and women, especially, to watch–it reveals the distortions the media uses with models to convey their idea of societal beauty, instead of just letting the models look beautiful as they are. I … Continue reading

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The first review for The Last Dragon – and it’s lovely

I just got the first review (that I know of) for my YA fantasy The Last Dragon–and the reviewer, Lawral (a librarian), loved it! (beaming) I am floating on happy! I was holding my breath to check out the review…and … Continue reading

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