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Thursday, April 25, 2013

April Linklove












All the best stuff I've read around the weboverse in the last month!

WRITING & MARKETING ADVICE
Therese Walsh on respecting your writing process (via Writer Unboxed)
Jane Friedman on how to improve your author website
Rachelle Gardner busts several publishing myths
Jason Boog offers several self-publishing video tutorials (via GalleyCat)
Yahong Chi offers advice for the writer who Tweets (via Project Mayhem)
Justine Larbalestier on her ten years as a YA writer
Linda Formichelli explains how freelance writers CAN have it all (Write to Done)
Author-illustrator Bruce Hale on successful school visits (SCBWI blog)
Writer Barbara O'Neal on avoiding writer burnout (Writer Unboxed)

AGENTS & QUERIES
Excellent advice from agent Elisabeth Weed on how to get an agent
Literary Rambles spotlights agent Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media
Middle Grade Ninja asks 7 questions of agent Emily Gref of Lowenstein Associates
Agent Susan Hawk of the Bent Agency reveals what she wants in her in box 
Chasing the Crazies talks to agent Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
... and also to agent Kathleen Rushall of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

KIDLIT / PUBLISHING NEWS 
Simon & Schuster open Library Ebook Program (via GalleyCat)
E.B. White Read-Aloud Award & Indies Choice Award finalists announced (via ABA)
... and the winners!

The Purple Crayon Blog collects reasons to love kidlit
Chris Colfer of Glee announces the second book in his Land of Stories series (via EW's Shelf Life)
My beloved Little Prince turns 70 (via PW)
Bestselling author Cassandra Clare & film director Harald Zwart dish about the upcoming Mortal Insrument  film(s) (LA Times)


INTERVIEWS
Natalie Aguirre of Literary Rambles chats with Taken  author Erin Bowman
Cynthia Leitich Smith talks with Genie Wishes author Elisabeth Dahl
Smack Dab in the Middle blog continues its fun Middleview interview series, chatting with MG authors Joe Lawlor (Bully.com),  Liesl Shurtliff (Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin), Josanne LaValley (The Vine Basket), and yeah, me too (The Key & the Flame)
Co-authors Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini on their foray into MG fiction with House of Secrets (LA Times)

BOOK REVIEWS: FABULOUS APRIL RELEASES!
(links go to Kirkus reviews unless otherwise noted)

Middle Grade







Bully.com by Joe Lawlor (Barbara Brauner)
The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff
Genie Wishes by Elisabeth Dahl
Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes
The Key & the Flame by Claire M. Caterer (PW)
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
Thrice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

Young Adult








ACID by Emma Pass (Daydreaming Bookworm)
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi (Book Passion for Life)
The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf
Taken by Erin Bowman (Empire of Books)
That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard
Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland (Paranormal Reads)


BOOK TRAILERS
Kristen Kittscher chats up some sassy spy girls for The Wig in the Window
Beautiful picture book and equally gorgeous trailer for Steam Train Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld
Christopher Healy's The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

MISCELLANY

Zareen Jafferey of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers explains an editor's job
Is the Ring that inspired Tolkien hiding out in a British museum? Cool! (via The Guardian)
PW honors the memory of beloved writer E. L. Konigsburg (1930-2013)


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