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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September and So On Linklove












I know, blogfrogs: I haven't posted a Linklove post in forever. But I'm starting up again, so for those of you who don't know, this is a monthly collection of great links for writers and readers that I've discovered in the last month or so. This one may have a few from months gone by, since I've been so lax. Again. Sorry. FYI: Though usually I list fabulous new releases in the Linklove post, I've decided to separate them out this time. You can find middle-grade and picture books here, and the young adult releases here.

WRITING & MARKETING ADVICE
Rachelle Gardner on reconciling your marketing and writing lives
30 writing prompts for September, via 30 Day Challenge
Barbara O'Neal collates a handful of tips from a variety of writers
Kristen McLean pens a guest post at Writer Unboxed on the 5 phases of book marketing
Writer Dianne K. Salerni (Caged Graves) gives advice for when you get stuck (Project Mayhem)
Julianna Baggott gets you back to the page, even when you're on the verge of giving up (Writer Unboxed)
Author Marissa Burt (Storybound) recounts how she revised her latest ms
Sherman Alexie posits that grammar cops aren't good writers--eeeek!
Writer Justin Swapp offers story/novel templates for Scrivener users
Veteran author Peter Lerangis outlined advice for MG writers at the summer SCBWI con (via GalleyCat)
Figuring out the Common Core requirements via a new column at PW
Dave King talks about process vs product: Are you obsessing about your outline? (via Writers Unboxed)


AGENTS & QUERIES
Rachelle Gardner on how to pitch your project in person
Literary Rambles shines their spotlight on agent Rachel Stout of Dystel & Goderich
Cynsations' Cynthia Leitich Smith interviews the agents at Pippin Properties 
Agent Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates, via Literary Rambles

KIDLIT / PUBLISHING NEWS 
JK Rowling to write a screenplay based in the world of HP (via GalleyCat)
Alice Hoffman lands deal to write an MG novel (via GalleyCat)
How Pat Zietlow Miller's Sophie's Squash moved out of the slush pile (PW)
PW gives us a sneak preview of what's coming in Spring 2014
Yeah, finally: Barnes & Noble makes nice with Simon & Schuster (PW)
 James Patterson is giving cash away to indie bookstores (via GalleyCat)
Keith Cronin at Writer Unboxed gives advice about query mistakes

INTERVIEWS
Q&A with MG/YA writer Holly Black (PW)
Nerdy Book Club talks to Newbery winner Christopher Paul Curtis
Natalie Aguirre chats with Caroline Carlson, author of Magic Marks the Spot
Video interview with Newbery medalist Patricia MacLachlan (from Mr. Schu's Watch.Connect. Read.)
Illustrator Kazu Kibuishi talks to PW about creating brand-new Harry Potter covers (podcast)
xoJane chats with YA author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl)
Suzanne Collins (The Year of the Jungle, The Hunger Games) talks about her experiences as the child of a Vietnam War soldier (via USA Today)

COOL BOOK TRAILERS

Journey by Aaron Becker (picture book; Candlewick)
Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman (MG sci fi; Random House, Sept 24)












MISCELLANY
Author P.J. Hoover gives travel tips for writers (via Cynsations)
Alex Bracken explains what happens in a day in the life of a publicist (via PubCrawl)

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